My extended family is considering renting a house in Tuscany for a week this August (likely Aug. 9-16). I know that tends to be prime vacation season in Europe, so I'm wondering:
--Will secondary destinations be closed because all those people are traveling themselves? I recall summers in Europe meaning things are either crazy crowded or closed.
--Would it be ill-advised to try a 1-2 day venture into Rome? Or will that just be too nuts?
--Should I be booking my flights ASAP? Or is there a prime time to book, with a possible break in prices, in the next month or two?