Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: West Yorks
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Even dropping Rome, its alot of travelling. But it is possible if you simply want to look at the highlights of each place and possibly come back another time for an in depth look. It also depends on what your interests are, what do you really want to see, is it Italy for the scenery, or a close look at renaissance art, are you interested in church art, architecturally or the paintings and frescoes.
When we were limited by work to 3 weeks in mid summer we did a few of those dashes, 2 or 3 nights near each town and ticking off the "big sights" in the guide book and also some smaller ones specially recommended.
From Venice, and we've been visiting Venice for 30 years, what about Padua and the Scrovegni Chapel and or Ravenna for the mosaics. then Arezzo and across to Siena, San Gimignano then Florence, Lucca and Pisa. then possibly follow the coast north for the Cinque Terre and Portofino. The coast road along the Italian coast is fine, sometimes atostrada and sometimes super strada which can be a bit rough, but everything uses it.
As to the way back I'd go Milan, St Gotthard tunnel or pass (if open), (Italian motorways are cheap cf autoroutes) Lucerne, Basel, Metz, Luxembourg (cheap diesel) and finally Calais. Its a long way around the Italian coast to France and up to Cherbourg, and lots of time or lots of money on tolls.
I've more info if you want, just ask