Have you ever been do Italy? If not then it is one of those places you have to go. We have spent a week (not long enough) staying on the magical Lake Garda in the town of Garda. A beautiful town devoted to tourism but done so well, and an ideal place to base yourself and explore the area. Trips to the northern part of the lake take you into areas resembling Austria (used to be in Austrian rule). Go to the South and you are in the beautiful and historic town of Verona ( think of films about the Romans and your in Verona). Go further afield and your in the amazing city Venice. A unique city with great architecture and history. Take a Gondola ride (make sure the price is right) it is one of those things you have to do and well worth it. One piece of advise, try and go to Venice at the beginning or end of the season, it will be less hot and not so crowded.