This is what I did in Italy. I can't find my long trip report, I'll
redo it later. I do have the
link, check it out.
Map of Italy
Rome 2 nights
Florence 10 nights (much too long)
Bologna 2 nights (GREAT FOOD!)
Venice 3 nights
Cavallino 3 nights
Verona 2 nights
Milan 1 night
Aix-les-Bains, France 1 night
Paris 11 nights (too many)
Of all the cities, I think I liked Venice best. The stuff is so massive,
so monumental, so overwhelming... and because of the canals, you can get
back far enough to actually SEE them. Venice is also a pedestrian town,
which I like.
On the other hand, Paris has its trees outdoors much more than the other
The food was best in Bologna, hands down.
I enjoyed myself the most in Cavallino - this tiny resort outside of Venice
where they didn't speak English but were very sweet about putting up with
my fractured Italian.
The Orsay in Paris was an amazing museum. Just a stunning ensemble. The
Bargello in Florence had awsome sculptures and a minimum of Madonnas. The
Arena in Verona was impressive as all hell, more so than the Colleseum. I
enjoyed the random evenings of music in churches, and the Paris Opera beats
the Milan Opera hands down. Don't go to Aix-les-Bains. Do take the TGV.
And when Lars asks you to go to Nice with him, GO!
Ducky NOTE: This page is OBVIOUSLY not done.