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I am considering taking a Collette tour of Italy next year and would like to gather as much information as possible. While interested in seeing Rome, Florence, Tuscany etc, I am particulary interested in seeing the glass artists in Venice and Murano. Is October a good month to go? I need to go when there isn't too much rain since the tour won't go to Murano if there is rain. This will be my first trip to Italy and I will be appreciative of all information, including your experiences in other parts of Italy. I need to know what to expect in terms of cost for meals that are not included in the tour price. Thanks!
Five years ago, my tour of Italy started in Rome, continued at various spotsalong the Amalfi Coast and the Isle of Capri and then to Sicily and back to Rome. It was 10 days of glorious weather, excellent food and wine, an expert tour guide and the very best vacation I've ever had and I've been to Spain, England and Iran. At one point we walked around the craters of Mt. Etna and saw where lava had flowed down the side of a cafe and filled in the window but didn't burn the building. Ten days after our return, Mt Etna erupted. I remember sitting on the balcony of my hotel and taking pictures of the red steam rising from the volcano and thinking it's not something I'd be wanting to live near.
Sicily was just as amazing as the places along the Amalfi Coast.
If I go again, I'd rather do a boat trip so I wouldn't have to change rooms almost every day and drag my baggage to the bus but if it had to be a bus, I'd go anyway. Next time, I'd like to see Tuscany, Venice, Florence.
But as one traveller put it, it's an ABC trip, laughing. Another bloody church, another bloody castle.