Our trip started in Rome, mainly because that's where
our international flight from Chicago landed. We spent
a few days sightseeing before heading North by train.
We then went to Florence, where we spent a few days
(including Christmas). This is where we had our first
GREAT Italian meals including cappucinos with "bon
noel" spelled into the froth.
Our feeding frenzy continued in Venice, where we got
lost on sidestreets and fun eating in restaurants where
the menu was NOT in English.
We intended to ski the alps for a few days, but found
out that we don't ski as well as we used to, so instead
we hiked a lot and sampled a lot of fondue.
We originally intended Milan to be a convenient overnight
before our flight home, but photographing Il Duomo turned
out to be one of the highlights of the trip.