Hi Josh - welcome tot he boards!
I've only heard good things about those cities, but have no personally been there in Italy (went to Torino). I hear a lot of good things about Cinque Terre, so you may want to consider that if you have time. Anyhow, it looks like you allotted enough time for each city. Good job!!
Obviously, peak time is summer, so hostels won't be as crowded during the winter. I know in some places (Poland for example), some hostels close over the winter, so you may still want to search online for places that are open year round. Don't know if you'll have any issues with that in Italy though, but never hurts to check.
~~ Jamie ~~
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