i will say one thing...florence beat us. we kept a score of when we beat certain cities and when cities beat us. i think we missed something in florence. it was beautiful don't get me wrong, but it didn't live up to the hype that we had heard. we walked really far to these gardens to find out they were closed. defeat. we also walked a really far way for some gelato...and a little angel bought it for us because we thought it was too expensive. whoops! but thank you little angel! we also ate the worst gnocchi ever but made up for with lots of jokes and laughs and mcdonalds cheeseburgers.
the next day we took a day trip to siena. it was beautiful and full of history, just like everywhere in europe, but that's beside the point! we ran into some fellow knoxvillians, ate really big, delicious sandwiches (thanks chris and amy) on some bleachers in the piazza del campo, and ventured into some shops. it was a great little day trip! next stop switzerland!!