A (mini) Grand Tour

La-Scala

Two weeks in Italy can hardly do it justice, but to feed my need to see the classics we started with three of the great cities: Milan, Venice and Florence.

La Scala, non-stop fashion and The Last Supper made Milan come to life despite the steady downpour.

 

Balenciaga

 

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And though no words can hope to truly define Venice, our perch overlooking the Peggy Guggenheim Collection ā€” and the collection itself ā€” gave hope that this unique place would never succumb to the pressure of commercialization.

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And with high-speed train travel putting our US system to shame, shooting while moving from Venice to Florence was effortless.

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As soon as we moved away from the crush surrounding the Duomo in Florence, the city opened its arms and welcomed us. I needed to see and feel these heavily-visited cities to begin my Italian education with the intent of knowing where to go next time…and there definitely will be one.

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