Hi there, We are looking at taking our DD to Italy for her senior trip. It looks like it may be possible, but we are kind of at the edge of our budget. I am really pretty lost as to the best way to do everything and was hoping for some help from my Disers! Here is the scoop: We are a family of 4. Me, DH, DD18, DS15. We will be traveling in 2014. Our best dates are the middle to end of July, second choice would be leaving Labor day weekend and our third choice would be spring break around the third week of March. Right now in researching airfare, it is the killer. Do rates ever come down? Is there a better month to buy airfare? (we would be flying out of Kansas City). She wants to see Rome and Pompeii. The rest is open. We will have a week to 10 days depending on the month we travel. We have cruised before and enjoy it. At first I thought that this would be the way to go, but after doing some research it seems that most people advise against a cruise if you really want to get a feel for the country. The appeal of the cruise is that it's easy and we would visit a lot of different places. We will not feel like we have to see or do everything while we are there. If we did a land based vacation, we would be happy staying in one or two towns and doing some day trips. We would however, like it to be a fairly easy, no hassle trip. Although we expect large crowds in the big tourist attractions (Pompeii, the coliseum) we would love to get away from it all too as we are not big crowd and city people. We are good for a few days and then really like to get away from everyone. What is the most budget friendly way to go to Italy? Cruise or land? Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!