Subject: Re: planning a trip to Italy
Pat,

You might enjoy following a brief pastoral or small town itinerary as a break between seeing Venice and Rome. I love big Italian cities, but I also enjoy getting away from my fellow tourists and seeing Italians who don't see American tourists everyday. If you are interested in taking any country walks in Tuscany and Umbria I recommend picking up a copy of Walking and Eating in Tuscany and Umbria by Lasdun and Davis. They include detailed directions and maps and good hotel and restaurant suggestions. I found the book led me to wonderful places I might not otherwise have discovered. I especially enjoyed a walk around the town of Norcia, and a walk in the Piano Grande (great plain) near Castelluccio, both in Umbria.

Buon Viaggio!

Howard in New York