Subject: Re: Re:Your favorite honeymooners...
Hear, hear, Leonardo! I applaud you comments on feeling the flavor of a city rather than going through with a checklist of how much one can see in a day. I was in Florence for about 4 days and Sienna, alas, for only 1/2 a day. Even with 4 full days (and several nights - stayed in Florence for about 6 nights and used it as a home base for day tours) in Florence it was not enough to make a dent in all the history &art. The art I did see is now a blur in my memory. And the half day in Sienna was a crime. What stands out clearly is the yummy, yummy salmon risotto I had in a crowded restaurant in Sienna, the great gelateria (sp?) across the street from my hotel in Florence, and the beautiful leather briefcase I purchased there and still get compliments on everyday. So, my recommendations for Florence would be walk &shop the Ponte Vecchio, find a gelateria and eats genuine Italian ice cream (*very* different from that so-called Italiam ice available in the United States), and have a long leisurely lunch in a cute restaurant followed by a shot of esperesso!

Erina Reston, Virginia historian