Joining group for My Way Italy in Sept, my first my-way tour. Tour description says 1/2-hour with local guide starts your day & then it's on-your-own. I'm a seasoned solo, non-RS traveler, but I'm wondering, is this sufficient contact for a comfortable group orientation, especially starting out in our first town: winding, circuitous Venice?
Looks like times of arrival in each town leave limited free time on the first day. With 2 nights in each town, this leaves only 1 full day on the 2nd day. Read the sections on all the towns in RS Italy book, but seeking forum posters' hints on best use for first 1/2-day (or less), given time needed for one's personal orientation. Also, any personal insights on his recommended eateries as well as their own discoveries.
Has anyone taken the cooking course(s) in Florence and Varenna? Comments? PEG in PRESCOTT