With a schedule set, and after finding airfare and a few hotels UNDER budget..I began stalking the TripAdvisor.com travel forums for tips and ideas that would come in handy while we're there.
That led me to our only two scheduled activities:
The "Scavi Tour" at the Vatican, which will take us on a guided tour of the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica where many believe is the final resting place of St. Peter.
Pizza Class with Ciao Laura, where Bill and I hope to finally learn the secret methods for an authentic Italian crust.
I have a notebook full of other ideas that need no reservations and have no real time constraints, from the Colosseum to Pompeii and from Mt. Etna to the Amalfi Coast--we'll see if we have time to do it all! But we certainly plan to spend some time on the beach and plenty of time sampling the glorious food!