I took a course in Denmark last summer. Conveniently, a dear friend and her cousin and another person we know were planning to go to Italy. Even better, it was planned for right before class started! We traipsed around Florence, Siena (an unfortunately short day trip), Venice, and Rome.
We went to the Galileo museum. They have a few of his fingers in there. The guards were right there, too close for picture-taking/rule-breaking.
Inside the Galileo museum:
It's hard to see in this photo, but there's stairs on the outside of the tower. Upper left side. If I was all right with getting arrested, I would have tried to get up there.
And here's some from Siena:
Florence is a beautiful city at night, but no good photos to share. The bus ride out to Siena went through lovely Tuscan countryside (bus pictures just don't turn out well).
To console you, here's the sign for Dante's family church (well, his church before the city exiled him).
There was lots of food, primarily gelato and espresso--as we all know, the two major food groups. The major victory was using my rather mediocre Spanish to get one of my fellow travelers antihistamine cream. There was wandering somewhat aimlessly---the best way to go.
More chronicling of a vacation that happened over a year ago to come.