OT Itinerary: Exploring Italy's Hill Towns & Ancient Cities

Touring the greatest cities of Italy - Rome, Florence and Venice - in one week

Colosseum in Rome Photo: Depositphotos

Andrew is the first person to smile at me. He looks in very early middle age, and he's sitting at a table with a young boy-faced man, called Ethan. Most others are sitting in groups of four Liz and Mark, Belinda and Ted Harry and Dawn, Lucas and Denise Marion and Paul, Larry and Nancy. Some are batches of two Martha and Gwen Emma and Mary Chrissie and mother. Two women sit alone at individual tables Cassie and Miriam.