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The people are so kind, and very sweet a bout putting up with my limited Italian. Of course, many people speak English in the major tourist areas. Florence is lovely, but full of Americans in June. But the art is amazing - there is nothing in America that even comes close in comparison to the Uffizzi in Florence, the Vatican in Rome,( or the Louvre in Paris.). I fell in love with Michelangelo.
As far as the food - I really can't tell you much. We usually ate on the go and would grab bread, cheese, and fruit or perhaps a roast chicken and potatoes from a rotissaria, or a mozzarella and tomato sandwich from a bar ( what we call a cafe). We ate gelato everyday and it was different and wonderful from each shop. I actually kept a list of all the different flavors I tried and my goal was to get to twenty. Some how I managed!
I am a very "on the go" traveler. I take only a carry-on bag or back pack - it's just too hard to drag around a lot of luggage on the trains - and there is always a good walk to the hotel from the train station. If you go - get a travel book - I like the ones by Rick Steves - and plan a trip apart from a tour group. While we rented a car and did a little driving - I would not do it again. Traffic in Milan was crazy and parking everywhere was impossible!
Sounds like you really had a great time- 20 flavors, huh? Must have been a tough task!
I already have my Italian language book, and I will get a Rick Steve's travel book- thanks for the tip.
The trains are the best way to get around in Italy? So, June is not good- what is the best month to go to Italy?
Thanks for the input.Do you have pictures???