Leaving Tuscany, we journey northeast on major highways, to our spa hotel near Venice. Italian drivers are fast and efficient. Being passed by a Ferrari, Maserati or Alfa Romero is quite thrilling. The scenery in this area is different from Tuscany. There are more cities, more trees and rocks, and fewer farms and vineyards.
Again, we planned each day's itinerary from behind a coffee cup. We visited Europe's oldest Botanical Gardens in Padua. We visited Verona, the Florence of the North, famous for an ancient Roman Arena and Juliet's balcony made famous by Shakespeare.