Florence, Capo d’Orlando, and Genoa

These places we only spent a short time in but they are worth mentioning.


Florence feels like you’ve been transported back in time. This is one of my favorite places to visit and I will be definitely coming back here in the future.

The centre of Florence is closed to through traffic unless you have a permit which not just limits traffic but makes it much easier to walk around and the centre is also a World Heritage Site.

Florence’s Floreen was a dominant trade coin of Western Europe for large-scale transactions during the 13 century until the 15 century. Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Historic center of Florence
fountain of neptune
Fountain of Neptune

Capo d’Orlando

Is a city in Messina, Sicily located in southern Italy. It has a very modern center that looks typical of a US outdoor upscale mall. It has a small marina that is very peaceful to walk through. We were extremely lucky to have gotten a personal tour around the area and to have a home cooked lunch and dinner made with vegetables grown locally. It was one of the best meals I had in Italy.


Genoa is the capital of the Liguria region and the 6th largest city in Italy. It is the busiest port in Italy. Is also part of the Italian Riveria and is also one of the best places to take the train from to Cinque Terre. It reminds me of San Francisco and Seattle combined. It also has one of the best places for ravioli. If you go there you must go to eat at Le Rune. It’s a small place on a side street but the food is amazing and the staff are wonderful here.

Burrata Ravioli