We just returned from a lovely vacation spending 5 nights in Rome and 6 nights in Malta. There are many Europeans vacationing there, but not too many Americans. It is a lovely place to go with immense history including the oldest ruins in existence, even older than Stonehenge. The water is amazing and the beaches are quite nice. The people were unbelievably friendly and the prices were not expensive other than taxis. After paying thirty dollars every time we took a taxi round trip, we rented a very nice car for $25.00 per day. The people there do drive quite dangerously, but it really didn't bother me at all. It is a short flight from many European cities and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering a trip there.