Hi Margaret and Les,
Two years ago, my husband and I spent five weeks in
Italy in April and May. We landed in Milan and rented
a car and then headed to lake Como where we spent a
few days touring around. We then headed for Venice
and stayed just outside the city on the mainland. We
did this because we had free parking at the hotel and
a ten minute bus trip took us right to the Vaporetto.
We spent a few days there and then drove through
Tuscany and Umbria. We then went to Cinqueterra.
Because we had the car, we avoided Florence and Rome
on this trip. Last year we were in Florence for ten
days and took train trips to Pisa and Lucca. This
year we went to Rome for a week and then took a ferry
to Palermo and then travelled by train around Sicily.
Rome and Florence are magnificent cities. You can't
even begin to see them in a few days. The first time
we went to Italy we tried to cram Rome, Pompei and
Sorrento all into one week. It was impossible to see
everything - let alone try all the restaurants
recommended by fellow Ziners.
I would be glad to answer any queries you may have.
Penny in sunny Toronto