Hi - my mom has asked me to plan and go with her to Italy - this is both our first time traveling abroad. She is not an experienced travel but I have done a decent amout of traveling domestically. She is 68 and still mobile (although she does get tired)
1) Should we plan to go with an escorted tour company (say Virgin or Perillo)? I would rather not drive but not adverse to taking the train to the other destinations.
2) I am seeing from the other posts the best time to go would be Spring or Fall - what are best cities to see for a first visit? I am thinking Rome, Venice & Florence - we are thinking at least 7-9 nights.
3) She definitely would want to get an audience with the Pope but I have not idea how to go about doing that?
Any advice for a first timer would be great.