Florence, the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River as seen from the Piazzale Michelangelo - worth the walk, don't you think?

Ten Days,

Eleven Nights and

Twelve Scoops of Gelato

In the 'Old Country'

Venice, Florence & Rome

Welcome to my website for the 10-day ‘Europe Through the Back Door’ tour of Venice, Florence and Rome that my family and I took in April of 2007.  I’ve included a few of our experiences and tips we learned along the way, as well as a bunch of our pictures and a few useful links. 

Please feel free to explore!  If you want to see a bit about why we decided to participate in a Rick Steves tour, please start with “Decisions, Decisions,” or, if you would rather skip right to the chase and see more about the great time we had in Italy, start with “Venice” or one of the other cities. 

Have fun!

If you have GoogleEarth installed, I made a file of the sites we visited so that you can follow along. Please click here!