Rome - this was my stop on this trip; there is so much to see and do in Rome. It is an incredible city with so much history. Make sure you see the Colosseum (obviously), the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps
Venice - one of my favorite cities in the world; it is truly the most unique city I have ever been to. Make sure you see the Piazza San Marco, Rialto Bridge, and visit the islands of Murano and Burano
Florence - so much culture in one city. Must see spots include the Florence Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, and Piazzale Michelangelo
The official currency is the Euro, but I had no problem paying by credit card as well.
I walked most of the time in Rome. The metro is also inexpensive and convenient.
I took a bus from San Marino to Rimini. I took a Trenitalia train from Rimini to Bologna and then from Bologna to Rome. I flew American Airlines from Rome (FCO) to Charlotte (CLT).
Italy is my favorite country for food in the entire world and I don't think that will ever change. Neapolitan and Roma style pizza are my favorite meals. Pasta is also to die for. Eat gelato at least twice a day or you aren't doing it right. My favorite gelato spots in Rome are Frigidarium and Giolitti. I love the pizza at Pizzeria Nerone.
PLUGS / ADAPTERS
Italy uses European plug types F and L.
None for U.S. citizens.
I felt very safe throughout my time in Italy. I felt safe walking around Rome at all hours.
SHOULD YOU VISIT?
Yes! Italy will always be one of my favorite countries. I have been four times already and I plan on coming back as often as I can (and according to legend I have to return as I thew a coin in the Trevi Fountain). It is a beautiful country with the best food in the world. Travel within the country is so simple by train. I can't recommend Italy enough - I am already looking forward to my next visit.