Sometimes research is the best part of the process. Especially if it takes you to Italy.
I'm writing this post from a gorgeous agriturismo about 30 kilometers south of Florence. It's the same path my MC travels in my WIP. While I could have written the scenes without actually traveling here, I'm certain those scenes will have greater authenticity because of this trip.
I walked the path my MC walks. I visited the train station my character uses. I took lots of pictures.
And, oh, I drank lots of wine. In fact, I may go open another bottle right now.