We'll be going on Rick Steves' "Best of Italy in 17 Days" tour beginning April 12. We've done two RS tours previously, so we basically know what to expect. We've been to Venice, Florence, Tuscany, and Rome once before as part of the "Best of Europe in 14 Days" tour, so those destinations won't be totally new to us.
If you've been on this "Best of Italy in 17 Days" tour previously, especially at this time of year, do you have any suggestions, tips, helpful hints, advice that you wish you had known in advance? Perhaps something definitely worth doing or seeing (or not doing) that doesn't get a lot of publicity? A great restaurant you discovered during one of your non-group meals? Best suggestions on when or where to have laundry done? Should we pack swimsuits for any reason? Any and all suggestions are appreciated.