It's been a brilliant tour, and I'm thrilled the stars so aligned. It started as an idea because there was a hole in my schedule, and I couldn't have made better use of the time. A few random highlights:
I had limited time to scout Foligno before day-tripping to play a morning set, so I made a guess based on google's satellite photo and the pitch worked out great.
In Bologna a cop wanted to buy a CD, but said he couldn't because he was on duty and that he hoped to see me later in the weekend (he didn't, but maybe I'll catch him next time)
Doing shots of grappa in Genoa and discussing romantic histories with a receptionist clearly unhappy with working the night shift.
Mario, in Brescia, recognizing me in a cafe and buying Mosaic based on his love for the copy of Labyrinth he bought years ago.
Playing at a gallery in Spoleto to accompany an artist in the act of painting as Guiliani Ottaviano blew our minds.
A busker in Genoa recognized me and hailed me from across a piazza, "Ciao America!"
Two incredible couchsurfing experiences, with wonderful hosts Gloria Venturini and Gregg and Britney Starr.
The rain stopping just in time for my sets to give me a second Brescia miracle.
Being confident or lonely enough to intrude on half-overheard conversations to meet interesting English-speakers. One involved gamers, another led to my seeing a lute orchestral concert.
An Italian, rather accurately, misheard my last name as gone-away.
Finally visiting Mantua, Vicenza, and Florence's Uffizi gallery as a tourist, all of which had been on my list for years.
Breaking lots of new ground, even after so many tours: I gave my first performances in Spoleto, Foligno, and Terni and upgraded Bologna from a day trip to a full-weekend city.
And I'm already plotting the next Italy tour, to be continued...