I too am going to Italy for the first time with my sweetheart of 27 years. While I love going to Mexico and planning everything on our own, it seems like it's a bit more of an undertaking planning Italy. Our plan is 10 days give or take and not trying to cram the whole country into one trip. Rome, Florence and Venice are of course the first places that everyone thinks of. The thing that worries me is getting to Rome for 3 days and standing on the corner like an idiot because we can't converse and don't have a clue as to what we're doing ( basicly looking like a dumb tourist!). Any thoughts?