Italy Rome - Seek out Rome's remarkable treasures:the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and its oldest church, Trastevere's Santa Maria.Take day trips to the ancient port of Ostia Antica and Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli.Then discover lively, well-hidden restaurants serving delicious regional cuisine.
Naples and The Amalfi Coast - Explore the museums, churches and eclectic architecture of Naples, then travel to the Amalfi Coast and the resort town of Sorrento surrounded by lemon trees, olive groves and Mediterranean villas.Tempt fate with a visit to Mount Vesuvius and the remains of legendary Pompeii.
Venice - Navigate the maze of canals and discover the Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica and the Bridge of Sighs.Ferry to the sleepy outer island, Burano and explore its winding back streets.
Florence - This spectacular Renaissance city houses Michelangelo's David at L'Accademia and Botticelli's Birth of Venus housed at the Uffizi.Linger at sidewalk cafes under the famous Giotto's Tower.
Tuscany - The towers and castles of San Gimignano dominate sun-drenched hillsides, while the humbler paths walked by St. Francis wind through Assissi.Visit them and the ancient Etruscan frescos in Orvieto.
The Italian Riviera - Follow the rugged coastline of Cinque Terre, dine on fish freshly caught in the cove of Manarola, stroll the beaches of Corniglia and relax in the resort town of Monterosso.
Venice Regatta - Parade and race with the Doge's gondolas through the canals of Venice in the "Storica Regatta."
Milan - See the Duomo, the city's cathedral and centerpiece, visit the La Scala Opera House, and spend some time admiring Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper at Santa Maria della Grazie.
Lake Como - Located in northern Italy's lake district, Lake Como's shores are lined with 19th century villas and its vistas embrace snow-capped mountains - it's a perfect setting for serious R & R.
Rick's Back Door Travel Tips
Share some of Tick's savviest advice for travelers - from a day-planning and changing currency, to using public transportation and getting around language barriers.Rick's recommendations cover basic security, packing light, and the pros and cons of traveling independently or with a tour group.His suggestions will help any traveler plan their trips wisely, while preparing then to take the unexpected in stride.