We just registered for the Village Italy tour for 2024 and I have some questions for people who have been on the tour. We've been on 3 RS Italy tours (BOI, South Italy, and Sicily).
- We sometimes add a few days before or after a tour; any suggestions about places to go? We've been to Venice twice before, so don't feel like I want to do that. If we arrive 2 days early (helps with jet lag), should we just stay in Padua for those extra days, or are there nearby places we should try to see? Would it be worth two or three days in Bologna? (None of the RS tours seem to focus on Emilia-Romagna.) Seems like it might be easy to get there.
What about after the tour: We've been to Milan on our own, but never been to Turin or to other parts of Northwestern Italy. Any recommendations if we stay an extra few days? Should we plan on renting a car? We prefer taking trains but if a car is needed to get somewhere, we're not opposed to doing that.
- Regarding the stay in the Cinque Terre: some RS tours specifically say "sleep in Monterosso" (which is where we stayed in BOI in 2015; fantastic hotel!) but this tour - and some other tours - say "sleep in or near the Cinque Terre". I'm sure we'll be fine with either one, but seeing as we won't get our hotel list for many months, I'm just curious as to others who have taken this tour: where did you stay?
Thanks for your help.