Hi folks... I am Barcelona on business right now and was planning to go from here to Italy for the first time sometime this weekend and leave from Rome on the morning of 6th, giving me approx 8 days in Italy. I was thinking of spending time in Florence and Rome, and possibly going briefly to Venice and possibly also Cinque Terre. Unfortunately, my Rick Steves Italy book was in my luggage which was lost by the airline on my way to Barcelona.
I would love some advice on places to stay in the above cities, any types of "city passes" like the Museum Pass in Paris to help save money and avoid lines for major attractions, etc. If I thought I might find an English language copy of the book somewhere in Barcelona, I'd be less concerned, but I was hoping to spend this week planning out that trip. Of course, now, I'm dealing with the lost luggage, buying new clothes and still want to plan this trip, so any help you can provide would be very, very much appreciated.