Thank you all for such great advice.
We have taken everything on-board and so far plan on travelling from
Venice to Florence by train where we will stay for three days.
we will then visit Lucca for a couple of days before travelling through Pisa for the day and walking up the Cinque Terre coast. staying one night in each of the first four towns. (we hear that the northern most town is a bit too commercial?)
Also is it possible to walk from one town to the next in one day?
We will then take a train from Vernazza to Genoa where we will fly from there to Naples.
We will stay in Naples for two or three days and travel down the amalfi coast for 4-5 days.
We will then train to Rome
Thanks again for all your suggestions! Look forward to a few more
Sounds great to me!
U made good choices.