Top Ten Things I Learned in Florence

We're leaving for Rome tomorrow -- Woohoo! My writer's block on the Florence experience is still nagging at me, and I feel compelled to make one more go of it before we begin leg 3 of our journey. Forgoing the burden of writing prose, I've decided to do this short and sweet, David Letterman style:

Top Ten Things I Learned in Florence

  1. Italians are better-looking than the rest of us.
  2. Every once in a while, the luxury of a 5 star hotel is worth working overtime to pay for.
  3. Medieval history, architecture and religion are now on the long list of things I wish I’d paid more attention to in school.
  4. Though I appreciate its importance, aesthetically speaking I don’t care much about renaissance art. With the exception of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, I’m pretty sure if you’ve seen 200 renaissance paintings, you’ve seen them all.
  5. My map skills are surprisingly poor.
  6. I've come to believe that the systematic subjugation of women by the Christian Church must surely be the greatest human rights abuse in all of history.
  7. Architecture can bring inspiration to everyday life. A boring building is a wasted opportunity.
  8. Bicycles shouldn't be just for kids.
  9. The perfection of one porcini pizza may have destroyed my chances of ever enjoying a NY-style cheese slice again.
  10. If I'm ever stranded on a deserted island, please send a lifetime supply of homemade pasta, arrabiatta sauce, good cheese and Chianti Classico. I'll be fine, trust me.