|..||Italy: It's About the Food
You can never spend too much time in Paris, but sometimes a change of venue is a good idea too. An itinerary across Northern Italy, starting in Milan and ending in Venice presented itself as a most pleasant way to spend a week in the fall. While airfare to Italy is more expensive than France, the benefits of climate and food offset the expense.
We selected our hotels from guide books and, increasingly, web sites, and Andrew booked most of them via email and fax. We planned our itinerary to focus on the smaller towns, avoiding anything larger than Mantua, except for Venice.
I started a new contract job during the week before the trip, so by the time we met a JFK on Friday afternoon I was fairly exhausted. I thought I was tired enough to sleep on the flight . . .