ItalyItaly was another surprise for me. I did not have much of an idea of what to expect, but I found myself enjoying it. We did Pisa (And yes, you can skip Pisa if you're visiting).
Florence was interesting, I loved the Monestry we went to for dinner, somewhere a little way out of Florence. The monks make their own booze and it really packs a punch. The city of Florence I was not so much interested in, I just did not click with it for some reason.
We drove from Florence down to Rome, stopping at Sienna which was interesting, I wandered off from everyone else and spent a few hours to myself exploring which was great. Very nice ice creams too.
I found Rome fasinating, so much history crammed into such a small area, it almost blew my mind.
After Rome we headed to Venice stopping in at Orvieto. I loved Orvieto. I found the best leathershop there and bought two Carnevale masks which are sensational.
I quite liked Venice as well. I got lost for two hours, wandering through all the little laneways. If you go to Venice, get out of the tourist route and just wander. Its so much more rewarding. We also went out to one of the islands. Fish was big on the dinner menu, probably a little too much fish for my liking, but it was interesting as well.
The last day of Italy we headed up towards the Alps, dropping in on Verona to inspect Juliet's balcony and caress her breast. Not bad for a woman her age.