How does one condense seven days in Italy into a coherent little summary? All I can say for now is, it was amazing. Brenda & I got back yesterday afternoon, with a lot of memories and pictures and me sporting a nasty cold too. I hope to whittle down this massive pile of photos to something manageable and post later today. Meanwhile, more cough syrup beckons.
Total Cities: 5 (Milan, Venice, Florence, Siena, Rome)
Most modes of transportation in one 24 hour period: 4 (plane-to-bus-to-train-to-boat, going from Newark to Venice)
Number of railway strikes during visit: 1 (Rome Metro, on last day)
Churches visited: 5 (Venice: St. Mark's Basilica, La Salute Church; Florence: Santa Maria del Fiore -- a.k.a. "Duomo", Siena: Santa Maria della Scala -- a.k.a. "Duomo"; Rome: St. Peter's Basilica)
Votives lighted: 6 (one each for Dad and Grandpa, in the three churches that allowed it)
Miles walked: 14 (estimate)
Museums visited: 9 (Venice: Doge's Palace, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Accademia; Florence: Duomo Museum, Bargello Museum, Science Museum, Accademia; Siena: Duomo Museum; Rome: Vatican Museum)
Movie Star Sightings: 1 (Tim Roth, sipping a beer, at a café on Siena's Il Campo)
Number of times I convinced someone I was a native, by both understanding their question and relaying the answer in Italian: 1
Number of times I just sounded like another idiot tourist by bumbling through simple Italian phraseology: total uncertain (but it's a large number)
Non-museum sights visited: 19 (Venice: St. Mark's Square, Campanile, Rialto Bridge; Florence: Ponte Vecchio, Ghiberti's Baptistery doors, Town of Fiesole, Giotto's Tower, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Repubblica; Siena: Il Campo; Rome: Pantheon, Colosseum, Forum, Trajan's Column, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Campo de Fiori, Piazza Venezia, St. Peter's Square)
No wonder I have a cold.