Hi Everyone. First of all I want to thank everyone for their concern, empathy and help dealing with last year's stolen Trail of Lippizaners Tour. The thieving travel agent still hasn't gone to trial. None of us are getting any money returned to us according to the Denver DA and we can only hope she get jail time. It's now time to move on and go Italy.
I've mentioned before that I am hoping my sister-in-law will go with me. Talking to her last weekend, it appears she has a much love of travelling as her brother which is no love. Her family is trying to talk her into going with me. We'll visit her in a couple weeks during our month-long road trip to the NW. I want to have an itinerary roughed out to encourage her. If she doesn't want to go, then I'll ask a friend or travel solo.
The RS South of Italy tour starts in Rome and ends in Naples. Proposed tour dates either May 6-18 or May 13-25, 2019. Will you kindly review my proposed itinerary:
1) Fly into FCO, taxi to whichever hotel we like near the Pantheon. Spend 5 days in Rome to recover from jet lag and enjoy the city. Only plans so far are Walks of Italy Pristine Sistine tour and Eating Italy food tour either Testaccio or Trastevere. My plan is mainly to revel in the sights of Rome without stress, maybe get a Roma Pass.
2) Meet up with South of Italy tour group.
3) When tour ends in Naples, travel to Mongrassano Calabria where her grandparents were from . Take train to Paola. Rent car to drive to Mongrassano. The village is too small for a hotel so we'd stay in San Marco Argentano. Next day return car to Paola and take train to Naples. Stay overnight in Naples. (If SIL decides not to go, I won't do this leg of the trip.)
4) Take train to Venice. Spend 5 days in Venice. Stay in either San Polo or San Marco neighborhoods. Day trip to Lipica Slovenia to see the Lippizan horse breeding farm via train to Trieste, taxi to Lipica. This is not optional since this was part of tour that was stolen from me last year. Other Venice plans may be Burano/Murano, Doge's Palace and San Marco. Fly home from Venice.
Thanks for your insight!
Update (kind of redundant from a couple posts I've made in the past week): Sister-in-Law didn't say yes, friend couldn't go, so I booked the tour as solo. Signed up for May 6-18. I'm arriving in Rome 5/2 to give me time to adjust to time and be able to see sights not on the tour. After the tour I'm going to Venice for 5 days with a day trip to Lipica. Then flying home 5/23. I'm excited and apprehensive at the same time. Last trip to Europe was to Ireland in 1992 with a friend riding horses, then driving around on our own. I've never been on my own for this long. I've read all the posts about traveling solo and know I can do this and will have a great time.