I don't know about you guys but after February Blogging I was exhausted! I have only written a few blog posts since then. Anyway, my Italy plans are shaping up. Some things have changed: We are no longer going to Salzburg, as J.'s friend has to travel that weekend. We will probably go to Munich instead and visit other friends there.
I also realized that renting a car in one country and dropping it off in another is expensive! So to save some money, we might pick up the car in Bologna on Tuesday morning, use it until Friday, drop it off in Bolzano, and take the train from Bolzano to Munich. That will give us 3-4 days of driving around and exploring, while still dropping the car off within Italy. I am reading lots of interesting posts on Slow Talk about the Trentino/Alto-Adige area and it sounds and looks gorgeous. It seems OK not to have reservations there, especially since it will be mid-week. It will be fun to hunt for cute places to stay! I also think it is funny that J. speaks German and I speak Italian - will he be treated better??
J. wants to see a soccer game in Italy, most likely it will be the Bologna-Reggina game in Bologna. Here is the schedule for Serie A for the month of May. We are also considering a day trip to Parma from Bologna.
I don't know why planning for a trip to Italy is so special - maybe because there are so many resources and opinions out there - but even though I have had fantastic vacations over the last five years (Brazil!), this trip planning is more fun than any trip I have planned in a long time! And since I am enjoying the planning, I really feel I am getting more for my money as far as the trip goes.