Subject: Re: Guided tour of Italy - good Idea?
Julie, My wife and I did Italy last year and faced the same decision. I think it depends more on what kind of traveler you are than on anything else. If you were taking a trip here in the USA would you do a tour? If the answer is no, then I think you should go it on your own.

If you do decide to do it with a tour, make sure and get one that fits your travel style. Do you want to be entertained and toured all the time or do you want a minimum of that and more free time.

We decided to do our own research (half the fun of traveling) and skip the tour. We are glad we did as we made so many discoveries on our own and were able to keep our own timetable.

One last thought. We have a female friend who travels to Italy alone and she schedules herself for a two week trip each time she goes. The first time she goes to a particular place (say Venice) she takes the first week with a tour and the second on her own. This way she learns a lot about the area she is visiting while on the tour but then gets to explore at her own pace the second week. You might consider this as well.

Jim in Redmond, WA