Subject: Re: Europe itinerary
What fun! You'll eat well on this trip! But what about Paris? Not enough time? You can soak up quite a bit by just sitting on the end of the Ile de la Cite and watching the boats go by. Anyway, some thoughts on Italy - Florence is crowded, and you'll have to wait in lots of lines. I recommend the charming Museo di S. Marco and a lunch to go at the Mercato Centrale. Then, set out for Tuscany. In Montepulciano, the hotel Il Marzocco has wonderful balcony views! [Piazza Savanarola, 18, Montepulciano, 0578/757262 - may be listed in Fodor's] We really enjoyed Siena, as well as small stops in Pienza, Todi, and Monteriggioni.

Though technically in Umbria, Orvieto is wonderful. It's on the way south to Rome. We stayed at a great B&B (agriturismo) nearby called Fattoria la Cacciata which we found in Karen Brown's book. The owners cooked for us and others from all over the world, and shared wine from their own vineyard. Their farm (estate, really) has a great view of the Orvieto cathedral. I'd trust Karen Brown for any listings.

I think Rome is worth more than a day, however, we find that at the end of a trip we're pretty exhausted and just want to sit in a piazza and watch. The Piazza Navona might be just the place. Have a wonderful time - European travel is addicting!

Erica in Chicago