thanks everyone - really appreciate the honest responses! please do let me know if this looks better:
7 - fly into rome, overnight at rome
8 - see around rome, overnight at rome
9 - head to florence, overnight at florence
10 - day trip to pistoia - overnight at florence
11 - day trip to bologna - overnight at florence
12 - day trip to lucca, pisa, - overnight at florence
13 - florence sights, overnight
14 - head to siena, overnight at siena
15 - stay in siena, explore, overnight at siena
16 - siena to arezzo, overnight at arezzo
17 - head to rome, overnight at rome
still figuring 18-20, flying out 21.
i have cut down on CT, which perhaps makes sense for us. we are more interested in looking at historical old cities and art etc.
does this look reasonable?am tempted by venice, any place i could trade for that? a day trip may not make sense since i have a toddler and granddad with us.