It's our first trip to Europe. We've booked the Rick Steves 14-day tour, ending in Rome Aug 19. Then we have 6 days on our own. We will have come from Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome, in addition to bits of France, Switzerland and Austria. After the fast-paced structure of the tour, I would like an area to kick back and relax. Was considering the CT area until I discovered this site. Looks like a very popular destination. Will it be too, too crowed in August? What's temp like in August? Hot and humid or is it dry?
Or should we consider someplace else?