- Rick Steves Italy (make sure you download the free audio walking tours)
- We also watched some great courses on Renaisance Art, archeology and mythology along with the Rick Steves travel DVDs
Trains between cities and all transportation within Rome were very easy to manage. High speed trains make for a quick journey north to south.
We used VRBO in Florence and Rome. Both were well located but the one in Florence was exceptional. In Assisi we stayed with the sisters at St. Anthony's guest house (this is a must do!)
Our Review of Firenze (Florence) VRBO Listing #1146328ha
As we settled into our well located apartment we gathered ingredients from our treat basket to assemble our first pasta dinner in Florence. Now that our bellies were full we loaded up the washing machine and headed around the corner to purchase our gelato at Gelateria dei Neri. Moments later we were enjoying people watching, along with our tasty treats and David, on the Piazza della Signoria. During our eight day stay we fell in love with our Firenze apartment. Absolutely everything was within walking distance including the train station for day trips. We would like to express our appreciation to our friendly and helpful hosts. You are a blessing.
1. Eat gelato every day
2. Splurge for dinner on a piazza
3. Look for seasonal opportunities (olive oil festival, All Saints Day, etc. )
4. Enjoy local markets off the tourist path
5. Don't try to see everything in a museum/gallery--you will get art indigestion--know which highlights you want to see before you go
6. Seek out art in situ
7. Buy the three day Firenze pass (with some smart planning you can get six days of activity out of it)
8. But a transportation pass in Rome--it is a really big city!
Oh, and finally, plan to go back some day because you will fall in love with Italy!