After some weeks of fare research and agonizing, I went ahead and bought the cheapest fare ($680) for my Dec. trip from flycheapabroad.com. The flight was listed as departing Seattle at 7:30am and having about a 2hr layover in Newark. Imagine my surprise when the e-ticket arrived with a 8am departure and only a 1 hour layover! Now my stomach's in a knot as to whether this will be enough time to make the second flight?
Also, Continental has a carryon weight limit of 40lbs, but Alitalia's is only 5kg (11 lbs)!! How strict are they about the weight limit?