Here are some pictures I think are pretty enough to share. In July, I had a 24 hour layover in Milan. There was just enough time to jaunt over to Bergamo, Sirmione, and Verona (with some expert coordination between the seven of us, who previously were total strangers).
Old, rural Italian towns have churches, ruins, and flowers. I found them restorative.
So here is Bergamo, in no particular order.
"But I am free."
And here is Verona, setting of all those plays.
Juliet is supposed to have lived right here.