July 27 – Florence, Venice

 
The morning started with a trip to a 12th century castle in the heart of the Chianti region. We toured the winery and learned how to hold, smell, and swirl wine properly.
 
That afternoon we made our way to Venice. The Italian countryside was absolutely beautiful. Crossing the Apennine Mountains, to the Valley of Po, to Venice, where we enjoyed an evening Gondola ride through the Grand Canal.