Because there was so much to see, I didn’t always have the time to share much more than photos. So, here’s a final mish-mash of experiences and observations.

Even if you just stay for short while — or pop over on a day trip — Venice is worth the extra time and expense. You’ll never see another place quite like it.

My days in Florence are coming to an end, but I just couldn’t say “no grazie” to taking the one-hour train journey to the Square of Miracles in Pisa.

When I left Rome and headed back north, I wanted to spend just a little more time in Florence and also explore places like Fiesole!

Just like my visit to Rome’s Colosseum, seeing Pompeii in person was both incredible and surreal.

The Pantheon, St. Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain … just a few of the places I’ve enjoyed so far in Rome.

My first stop in Rome was an easy choice, and I’ll never forget the moment I turned the corner and the Colosseum came into view.