|Photo from Flickr Creative Commons - "Another bike on the wall" by Xavi|
I've found a few fantastic blogs to help with my planning:
A Dusty Olive Green
Design Sponge City Guides
Urban Travel Blog
I find blogs written by locals or expats living in the area a lot more useful than travel guides with their dry descriptions of tourist sights. I love reading about the potential food I can eat and the quirky little shops down little alleyways. And I love all the gorgeous photos.
I've also been researching by rewatching The Borgias. It's a great way to learn about Italian history.
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