Never having traveled anywhere besides North America and China, I took my first chances at backpacking, choosing easy, relatively safe locations. My week-long itinerary included London -> Milan -> Venice -> Florence -> Rome + Vatican, Italy. European cities are relatively small and cluttered so I was able to do a city a day. I traveled with a good friend from college and was able to meet up with an aunt in Florence. Overall, London took one day, Milan half a day, Venice one day, Florence two days, and Rome three days. Looking back, London was right on, Milan was right on, Venice should have been 2 days, Florence was right on, and Rome and the Vatican two days. London is about as expensive as New York or a similar major city so doing all the free activities takes one day. For those who enjoy museums, allocate another day or two. Milan is known for the luxury brands and fashion with more shopping than tourist sights. Being a religious country, Italy features churches in most cities. Florence features your typical touristy historical sites but is well known for the Statue of David and the respective artists. Rome is truly the most popular of them all with the most beggars and scammers around every corner. However, this city is known for many famous structures such as the Colosseum and the Vatican City, located in Rome. The Vatican is the smallest city-state in the world and features full living quarters for the religious. It allows tourists and locals to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and museum with the Sistine Chapel, possibly more crowded than China.