We went to Northern Italy in 1995 and had a great time, especially in Venice. Unique scenery, incredible music, and gelato, gelato, gelato. They can keep their pizzas and pastas; ours is better. But the Italians make ice cream like nobody else, even the copycats here who call their concoctions "gelato." It's just not the same.
Of course, Pisa has a great signifigance to a techie geek like me, because, according to legend, Galileo dropped two different weight cannon balls from the leaning tower, testing whether Aristotle's statement of heavy objects falling faster than light ones was correct. That event is generally regarded as the first scientific experiment.
We often just go camping in National Parks or Monuments. That's why we have a 4x4, so we can take the roads less traveled. Sometimes we go to fancy places (like Europe, or on a cruise) but for the most part, we go camping, which really, really gets the office out of my head.
--I know what I like--