Air BnB in Rome and Venice and other trip questions
Greetings Traveling friends!
We spent two weeks in Italy in April of 2016 and loved it so much we are returning. We plan to start in Rome, travel to a small town in Tuscany (Montepulciano perhaps) then on to Florence, a quick stop in Padua perhaps and time in Venice. Probably 4 nights each in Rome, Florence and Venice. On this trip we'll stick to trains and are most interested in history, art, food and music. So here are my questions for the community
1. Is it safe to book Airbnbs in Rome and Venice? There seem to be a lot of lovely options at good rates and above board (unlike the some of the places we've stayed in US airbnbs). We just don't want to land and find out we don't have a place to stay. Anyone have experiences to share?
2. We didn't explore Trastevere last trip. I'm thinking it might be a great spot to find local hang outs - good food and maybe music. (We are two late 50s couples; tastes run from hard rock to folk.)
2. We do want to spend a night or two in an ancient town center in Tuscany. We got sick during our last trip and missed Montepulciano but our travel companions said it was just what we were looking for; history, not overly commercial and beautiful. It looks like we'd have to do train to bus to get there without a car. There will be 4 of us traveling. Might it make sense to find a driver/guide to get us there from Rome? (Or perhaps from a train accessible town closer to Montepulciano.) Any other recommendations for historic towns for a change from the city pace?
3. Any recommendations for music/opera in Rome, Florence or Venice? I'd love to catch an opera.
Thanks for any help you can offer. I'll look up my notes from last trip to share with folks.