I am researching a visit to Puglia in 2013 and would like to receive some advice on a few issues. We have never been in southern Europe before.
1. Which month is better, June or September? We like to come outside the high season to miss the crowds, but like it warm (mid to high 20's C). Although we are not particularly beach people, an occasional swim would be nice. Does the ocean temparature make much difference? And which of these months is rain more likely?
2. Is there much difference weatherwise between north and south Puglia?
3. Although we spent the first 20+ years of our lives in crowded Holland before emigrating to Canada 36 years ago, I am a bit hesitant about renting a car and driving the narrow roads and dense towns. Being mainly used to drive fairly empty rural Canadian roads now, would driving in Italy be a nerve wracking experience? I would especially like to hear from other north americans about their Italian driving experience.
4. When renting a car, does the quoted rental price include full insurance coverage for the car? In North America we always are advised to purchase additional collison insurance (CDW), often more expensive then the base rental. I don't see any mention of optional insurance on the rental websites.
Any advice will be much appreciated.