After traveling all afternoon, we’d finally made it to our destination. We quickly checked into and checked out our digs, then my traveling companions and I headed to the hotel’s rooftop terrace. With glasses of prosecco in hand, we toasted the start of our Italian adventure, which would include a cooking course, wine tasting, shopping and sightseeing.

But in the meantime, we just sat back and enjoyed our aperitifs and panoramic views of Florence.