I know that escorted tours are frowned upon here, but the stress of a DIY vacation is starting to wear on us. Since this will be our first (and hopefully not last) trip to Italy, an escorted tour might be a good intro to Italy ( if we can find an acceptable tour). We have never been on a tour, so we have no experience with any of the tour operators. We really didn't find much in searching TA.
So... we are wondering if anyone out there has had some experience with Rick Steves? His Heart of Italy sounds interesting. We are planning a fall trip. Thanks in advance for any comments.