This was our first major trip to Europe together. While we had gone on a short Danube cruise with Steve’s mother and aunt (who paid for it!) in 1998, this journey was quite different. We had been planning it for some time and purposefully waited until the Euro (currency) was in effect. After a few days in Pisa (which we returned to for our flight back) and a wonderful time in Firenze, we rented a car for the rest of our stay in central Italy. It was a terrific time.