Oh you guys are planning to go Italy free n easy? I went there several yrs ago but its not free n easy cos my hubby n I felt its not easy at all due to communication prob as most of them dont't speak Eng, unless you guys can speak Italian. We actually booked package tour to Switzerland n Italy (covered one day at Germany). We enjoyed the trip very much esp Switzerland, the scenery is very beautiful there n relaxing as well!! Italy we did cover a few cities there, like Milan (shopping for branded bags), Venice, Florence, Rome (St Peter's Basilica, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain etc) n Pisa (Leaning Tower of Pisa). Italy is enchanting but I still prefer Switzerland... all of the tour grp members also prefer Switzerland not only becos of the scenery, the food there esp Swiss chocolates, Swiss fondue etc..n the fabulous scenery of mountains n glaciers( Zermatt)!! Most enjoyable part was we stayed at those "Chalet" style of hotel, really marvellous n memorable!! It is not comparable to Italy hotels which are pretty small n less cosy. The water in Italy is also "cloudy" with a smell though it is still safe to drink after boiling. But all of us bought mineral water frm the supermarkets as it was pretty cheap. If you ask me will I go to Italy again? My ans is no, but I will go to Switzerland instead as the weather is always cooling throughout the yr, unlike Italy, it is very " pricking" hot there during summer. The only part I like is the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as the beautiful sculptures of the Milan Cathedral etc n the Italian pizza n spaghetti. Another thg I realized the Italians are not as friendly as the Swiss. You may go through several tour agencies n make a comparison or search some travel books before deciding if you wish to travel by Free n easy.