I am a retired 72 year old man who loves to travel. For several years I have been planning a solo trip to Italy that includes these three cities, plus Milan and the Cinque Terre. I have been to Rome, Florence and the CT with my wife and her mother, but not the other two. My goals are to see/do some of the things/places I missed when traveling with them, plus see the Last Supper in Milan and experience Venice for the first time. I noticed yesterday that Rick's 10 day tour departing on 3/2 has been discounted $200 and in checking airfare it is substantially lower than May when I planed to do my trip. I can arrive in Milan the morning of 2/27 which gives me a couple of days to see the sights of the city, then take the train to Venice the day before the tour starts to have an extra night there. I'm also planning to depart Rome on 3/14, three days after the tour ends, to enjoy the city alone to see if I enjoy solo travel alone before returning home. Has anyone out there taken this particular tour in March and if so, any thoughts on doing it at that time. Am I trying to do too much with the extra days? I have always planned our trips using the tools on this web site (books, DVDs and this forum) and this is my first ever tour of any kind to Europe. Can the RS office help with reserving a room at the tour hotel for the night before it starts? I plan to pay the single supplement fee because I prefer to sleep alone to save others from my snoring (I know I don't snore but my wife says I do) and I would like to know what kind of accommodations I should expect. Also, what pre-tour information and assistance do you get from their office? Any thoughts, suggestions or personal experiences will be appreciated. Thank you.