Before you ask your long-lost cousin twice removed if you can pitch a tent in their backyard for the summer holidays in Europe, remember that staying with family can be a bit like fish – it goes off after a couple of days.
Affordable, quiet, relaxing and pleasantly cool, Italy may not be as popular in the low season, but you should find more than enough reasons and then first experiences to warrant what will be the best decision you ever make.
Trains are magnificent!
See, the thing with trains is – they offer the most relaxed way of travel. There is also a romanticism that makes the journey an experience and not a chore. Train travel in the USA, is not that simple though.