Subject: Verona to Florence
I would highly recommend a stop in Cortona for a day or two. I spent a week in Cortona in April and loved the town - nice small Etruscan museum, churches, incredible gelato at Snoopy's (who keeps very strange hours), a few shops, several nice restaurants, incredible views of the countryside, easy parking in large free lots outside the walls, easy day trips to Assisi, Orvieto, Montepulciano, Lago di Trasimeno, Arezzo (take the train, no parking troubles and very quick) among others.

We stayed at the San Michele, an old converted villa, with comfortable nice rooms and a lovely staff. Since we were around for so long, we got to know them a bit and Margarita and Pino were so helpful. Graziella from Miami has stayed there also, and liked it.

Callie in New Orleans