Pausing by the footpath, I surveyed the centuries old road before me, disappearing into the distance beneath a beautiful classical arch bathed in sunlight. Surprisingly I stood there all alone, dimly aware of the distant clicking of someones shoes on the cobblestones. The temporary flash of a lady and her black coat swishing hurriedly across the street on a cold winters momentarily broke my reverie. Entranced by the beautiful simplicity and elegance of the diverse architecture, Classical, Gothic and Renaissance themes were manifest in all their magnificence. Every street reflecting a specific era and cultural flair was lined with various artisans, cafes and food stalls opening up into squares that blended in with the splendid array of churches, statues and facades characteristic of this sophisticated and elegant city.