Because I received so much helpful information on this forum, I wanted to share our trip last week to Rome.
We flew from Paris to Rome on Easyjet for $85. I was concerned about this but it was fine. The fare was $85 compared to others at over $500. We paid $10 for priority seating. People have told me it was like flying Southwest which I have never used as I like my seat ahead of time.
We booked Stefano to pick us up who was highly receommended on this forum. His email is stefano costantini" <allagrande@hotmail. The driver was there waiting and was fine.
Our Rome tour was booked through Gate1. We stayed at the Starhotels Metropole (see review). The hotel itself was very nice but I did not like the Termini location. There are mre upscale areas to stay in and unless you plan to use the metro, which we did not, I would not recommend the area. We did not have any upscale shopping nearby- just a short walk to a street lined with regular shops (Nazionale).
instead of a large group.
Capri was beautiful and the views were amazing. We had lunch in Anacapri and enjoyed the shops. The Blue Grotto was not possible due to the wave conditions but our tour guide had a boat take us around the perimeter of the island. The boat trip to Capri from Naples was rough but going home, it was much milder. This was our favorite place.
We also loved Orvieto which was an ancient village that you had to take a tram to. It had narrow winding streets with a few shops. Everyone agreed we wish we had more time there. Assisi was similiar. We had lunch at a Tuscan farmhouse which was wonderful. The scenery in Tuscany is groegous!
Florence was a shopper's paradise for leather goods. We had time after we saw Michaelangelo's works and enjoyed walking around there.
We luckily did not encounter any pickpockets but an ATM machine swallowed my card. I immediately canceled it (take a copy of each credit card you bring- both front and back). In that short period of walking back to my hotel to cancel it, I found out yesterday that two withdrawals were made. I do not know how this could have been done but the bank told me it is very common in Italy.
Also be careful as I have never seen such driving as I did in Paris and Rome. The cars do not stop or allow you to cross. it's horrible.
There are internet shops all over if you want to check email. I paid 1.50 eruoes for 30 minutes compared to .45 euroes at my hotel.
As previously stated, there was garbage and foul smells in Rome but you find that anywhere.
If I went back to beautiful Italy, I would stay in an area other than a city as that is just my preference.
Hope this helps!