One thing that most of the visitors often take for granted is that Italy has always been one single Country. The truth is pretty different. I think it might be useful to offer you with another perspective and suggest a different travel itinerary based on the process which led the Italian Peninsula to unify itself under the flag of a single Monarch: the House of Savoy.
For many, Italy is the best place in the world for food . Despite I am Italian, I won’t say it’s “the” best, but definitely in good companyfood, together with the French and the Spanish one.
Florence is not only the cradle of the Italian language, but also the place where arts and architecture are so overwhelming that Stendhal coined the phrase “Syndrome of Florence” (aka Stendhal Syndrome) to identify that kind of sickness that affects very sensitive people before an art masterpiece.