Howdy, Cruise Mates and hope all is well with everyone here on the home fronts!
The 17 day trip to Italy was wonderful, great country, super people, wonderful food and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a totally different trip for me and took some getting used to the constant driving, sight seeing but it was fun!
We were in Rome for 3 nights, what a city, exciting and wonderful! In Umbertide, north of Perugia, we were in a rental property for 13 nights! It was a beautiful, totally out in the country, gravel driveway, downhill, took some negotiating getting back uphill with stick shift! Driving proved easier than anticipated with only a few scarey moments! We did get lost several times due to confusing signage, daytime was o.k., night time hard!!!
We did not drive in Rome picked up car after we were done there. In Florence, we drove in fairly close then took a bus. Buses are not that hard to figure out and I highly recommend public transportation for cities.
We saw lots of hillside towns plus Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Assissi, Cortona, Deruta, Gubbio, Chianti wine country, Umbria is next to Tuscana. We took one day to drive to Ancona along the coast to Fano so I could see the Adriatic sea! We also took a ferry out to an island in Lake Trasimeno, pretty well a summer place, not too much open in the Fall.
The food was super and the person that organized our little group, took us to several unusual eating spots, very nice. My favorite was in an old home (very, had biggest fire place I ever saw)! The sons and daughter performed classical music during dinner, piano, flute and violin, wonderful.
We had dinner in Rome at a piano bar near the Colosseum Hotel and were rather amused when everyone (mostly Italians) wanted to hear show tunes! Too funny, we did get them to play Arevidierchi, Roma!!!!
That's it in a nutshell, I thoroughly enjoyed Italy and highly recommend it!
Susie, with 10 months until my next big trip! Sea Princess, Sept. 2005