My husband and I are 60 and will be traveling to Italy in maybe August,September or October 2014 for approx. 3 to 4 weeks depending on finances. We have never been anywhere overseas and are looking forward to seeing this wonderful country. We would prefer not to do the whole holiday with organised tours and would love to stay maybe in an apartment or similar and do our own thing for some of the time. I would like to know when is the best time to go around that time of year. How much money approximately to allow for the trip and any suggestions regarding what to see and where to stay. Lots of questions but we have never done anything like this before. A suggested itinerary would be wonderful. We love the idea of the old Italy, the history and the smaller towns as well. If anyone could point us in the right direction with idea it would be fantastic.