The Splendors of Italy – Part II

This post is the long overdue second part of a three-part series about a recent trip my family and I took to Italy.  As explained in my Part I post, which was focused on our stay in Rome, our tour with the Cosmos tour company took us on a journey stretching from Rome to Venice, with many fascinating stops in between, before completing the return trip to Rome where we tacked on an extra day beyond the scheduled tour. In total, we were gone for 11 days, with two of those days being very long travel days between Texas and Italy.  In this Part II post, the focus will be on the regions of Umbria and Tuscany with their fascinating medieval villages, cathedrals and landscapes in the cities and surrounding countrysides of Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, San Gigminano, Montecatini, Florence and Pisa.  The third and final post in this series will focus on our stay in Venice.