Every single bit of advice, encouragement, and enthusiasm that everyone has offered regarding these cities is, in my humble opinion, spot on! I have had the great privilege of piloting magnificent flying machines across the Atlantic to Europe for almost three decades now for a living (hence the ‘30West’ moniker: 30 west longitude is the approximate midpoint for typical routing across the Atlantic). I have been very blessed to have become very familiar with many of the cities you speak of.
I can’t tell you how many great conversations and enduring friendships started with a simple, thirsty guy (me) wandering into some random pub just looking for a pint while exploring the local landscape, and probably off the beaten path! I have always found folks of all kinds of varied backgrounds to be generous, gracious, and eager to engage. Conversations are lively, fascinating, and highly entertaining. The scenery ain’t bad, either!!
And like Stan’s wife Jeanie, my wife has threatened to just wholesale up and move to the Amalfi Coast - and has even invited me to go with her!!