The weather has been great and we are having a good time. We stayed the first day in Milan because Penny's luggage was lost. It showed up about 4 pm. But this let us walk around Milan for most of a day. The Dumo there is pretty amazing. There is a lot of work going on, but we still really enjoyed it. We also walked through the fortress, it has a great park & garden around it.
Then we went on to Florence, got in about 8:30 pm, walked to the hotel which had closed at 8. The assistant thought we were coming in at 10:30 pm so he did come back to check us in. It's a good thing I had the local phone. It saved us a bunch of worry. Anyway we left the luggage at the desk and went to dinner. Florence is great to walk around. We spent the next day seeing the major sights. We had a 2.5 hour guided tour which got us started. The Uffizi Gallery was spectacular.
I'm going to have to write more late. This internet shop just closed. But here is a lion from the Scuplture Museum which is my favorite in Florence. More to follow about it when I get home.