Well, I am back again, digging into the past and reliving another wonderful trip!
We got a little taste of Italy on our 2004 trip when our Mediterranean cruise ended up in Rome, and we spent several days in Tuscany. I loved it so much that I was determined to return to Italy to see more. I guess that is how we all get hooked!
Believe it or not, the dates of the trip were determined by when the annual Iris Festival was going to be held in Florence. So, those dates in May became the hub, and everything else was built around it.
Even though our 2004 cruise ended in Rome, we bypassed the city and opted to go to Tuscany instead. Knowing what I know now, I would not have done the same thing. So, of course, our first stop would be Rome. Bill was excited about that - he wanted to see all of the historic sites and museums.
After that came Florence for the Iris Festival. We stayed in our first apartment there, one recommended by so many on Slow Travel.
After Florence, we trained to Venice and then traveled to Lake Como, also on the train. Last (but obviously not least) was a week in Tuscany in an agriturismo that was also highly recommended on Slow Travel.
We got lucky with our airplane flights and were able to depart from Palm Springs instead of Ontario. Palm Springs is a really small airport and easy to navigate. It has actually grown a lot since I first lived in Palm Springs in the 70's, but it is still pretty small.
I did most of my planning thru information from the Slow travel website, and I thank everyone there who contributed. I only hope I will be able to pass this information on to others.
Stay tuned - there's more to come!