Hi. I've been studying latin as well, never felt it helped me, but maybe it did. At least, there was a cheap trip to Rome for those how attended the courses. As far as i'm concerned, I think if your native language is french, spanish or portuguese, it won't be very challenging to begin with Italian, even though this language is kind of complicated when you go deeper. For the price of visiting these places, I don't know as i've been with an organized tour.