One of my co-workers is trying to decide between France and Italy for an upcoming trip so I figured I would jump around a bit and talk about my favorite bits of Italy (or at least the parts I have visited) before I go back to Spain.
On my trip I visited Florence, Milan, and Venice (I skipped Rome only because I had been two years earlier). Hands down, my favourite city was Burano, an easy boat ride from Venice. While I loved the architecture, museums, and food throughout the country, I found this tiny island comforting. Wandering around the brightly coloured houses I felt connected to the past, as though the island had not changed in centuries. It was a welcome, calm break from the busy city I had come from. I highly recommend anyone visiting Venice taking a trip out to this enchanting island!
Another city I found completely enchanting is the small village of San Gimignano. The city has 14 towers still standing (of the 72 originally built) and is built on a hill overlooking the breath-taking views. We also appreciated the ice cream and incredible leather goods. My girlfriends and I took in the city via a multi-city day tour from Florence.