Missed the first flight to Venice, but got on the second day and arrived at about 9:00 am, 2:00 Georgia time? Took the bus into the city and spent most of the day wandering around in the rain. Stayed in a lovely hostel, and then got up the next morning for more Venice exploring. The rain was much lighter so I got to sight-see a lot more: San Marco Square, the markets, Murano, beautiful gardens.
Then I took the train to Padova and met my couchsurfing hosts Luca, Alberto, and their friend Francesco. They made dinner and then we got a drink in the city center which was gorgeous, and today Alberto showed me around Padova.
This afternoon I took the train to Firenze, and it's crazy, busy, and gorgeous. Checked into my hostel, got my first Italian gelato, and planned out my day tomorrow.
Short, but sweet? Better descriptions in posts to come.
p.s. photos are in reverse order.