Mom and I arrived jet-lagged in Rome on the morning of the 14th. We forced ourselves to walk around, despite our exhaustion, but after a shared pizza and too much wine we decided to head for the train to Frascati. The little hill town outside of Rome is one of Italy's well-kept secrets, and home to my favorite bread in the world. One day later we left Frascati and headed to Cortona, where we saw friends, ate too much amazing pizza, and walked around our old favorite places. Finally we headed to Florence for our last day in Italy. Again, we walked like crazy, went shopping, and visited the Uffizi, which houses Sandro Botticelli's Primavera and Birth of Venus. Overall, time spent in our second home is always amazing, but being there just me and mom was better than I ever could have imagined!