In this entry about Florence, I'll be sharing more of what I would've done differently.
MAKE VENICE YOUR LAST STOP.
There is really NO place like Venice in the world. It's magical, and it requires no effort on your part to enjoy the scenery other than casually strolling around. There's more good food than bad food. As long as you go at the end of August or in the fall, the weather will be great. Seeing Florence right after Venice was slightly depressing :)
VISIT FLORENCE FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS, THE BEST PART ISN'T THE MUSEUMS.
I'm a little biased because I've traveled a lot in my life and I've had my fill with tourist-packed sites and long lines. At this age now, I dislike all of that, and I'd really rather be a part of the local community and enjoy what they enjoy. If you're like me, then don't focus on the museums. Of course visit them if you can, but make sure to spend time elsewhere too. Elias and I didn't have time to do that. We only had a day and a half, which we spent visiting museums. As we were heading south to Rome on a train, we finally got to see what we had missed—the beautiful painting-like view of the countryside of Tuscany with green fields with yellow flowers and tiny adorable homes with red roofs. Sigh...I lamented over missing a view like that all the way to Rome. A friend had advised us to make day trips, and I wish we had spent our time traveling to the countryside rather than the museums.