I recently retired and having planned many trips over the years for friends and family, I decided to start a website to continue that planning for others. I plan trips and recommend transportation, hotels and apartments, restaurants, entertainment and things to see and do. I have traveled to Paris and throughout France and Italy numerous times since 1989 and lived and visited all through California my entire life.
As Mary noted, Lake Como is a very convenient choice and you don't need a car. You can ferry around the lake to the various towns, and it is a very relaxing stay. We stayed in Bologna two years ago,... See More
Trains from Milano Centrale Railway Station leave every hour or two to Varenna and take just over an hour. They cost about 7 euros for 2nd class and about 11 euros for second class. I have found trainline.com to be a very... See More
I can't really help you in the Amalfi coast, but I would look at non-stop trains from Naples to Florence . There are quite a few each day and the take just under 3 hours for about 40 euros per adult. You can take wine tours from Florence... See More
I would add Villefranche-sur-Mer as a base to see the towns and cities between Antibes and Menton. It sits on a magnificent bay and waterfront, and the Welcome Hotel is a great small hotel... See More
I think Christopher hit it on the head. The area around Shakespeare and Company is more central and closer to the major tourist attractions, but it has something of a party feel, especially as you get over to the Place Saint-Michel ... See More
Lisa, I-5 is definitely the fastest way from Anaheim(between 6.5 and 7.5 hours of driving time depending the time of day you leave and how fast you want to drive), but there is nothing of interest along the way and it is a very boring drive unless... See More