We will be spending a week in Florence in October visiting our daughter going to college there. She recommended we take a day trip to Venice (she just spend the weekend there). I know most on this Board don't like day trips to world-class cities, and I understand. However, my husband has never been and I have not been since the mid-80s.
While we plan to spend time in Northern Italy as we move into retirement in another 5 years or so, I am in the "carpe diem" mindset of late. We have spent time in Rome, Florence, Siena, many Tuscan hill towns, Lucca, Forte di Marmi, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita Ligure and Pietra Santa over the past 20 years. Never Northern Italy.