Salute!

Next stop, Italy! I was most excited for Greece, but its just because I didn’t know how much I was going to love Italy. The food, the people, the wine, the countryside, the shopping…

Pompeii was the first stop on our way from the ferry to Rome and it was an amazing place. Everything is so well preserved and gives you a great glimpse into the city’s history.

The next stop was Rome and where we spent the most time. We took our final exam in Rome so we had to spend a little time actually studying, but Rome isn’t a bad backdrop. We spent a day at the Vatican, climbed the Spanish Steps, made a wish in the Trevi Fountain, explored the Coliseum, had wine outside the Pantheon (and like a hundred other places) and so much more.

We then headed to Florence with stops in Sienna and San Gimignano. Sienna was an amazing little town. We had lunch in the piazza and then shopped at the cheese/wine/meat shops. Then we had a glass of wine while we enjoyed the view:

Florence really surprised me. The shopping was fantastic – I mean, where can you go wrong with gold and leather? We attended a leathercraft demonstration at one of the best leather shops in town. And the art was out of this world – pictures do not do the Statue of David justice. The city was clean and lively, and between the Duomo and the bridges the architecture was out of this world.

After Florence, we headed to Venice with a stop in Pisa to round out the amazing three-week trip. I didn’t think I would be that impressed by the Leaning Tower, but I think I underestimated how much it leans. Venice was just what I imagine, but better. The storefronts, hotel entrances and the stoops of houses are all on the water. We went to a Murano glass blowing demonstration, had pizza and Peroni in St. Mark’s Square, and ended with an amazing dinner at a local place with amazing owners.

Ciao for now! Italy, I will see you again in May!

Trip Details: (1) Rome – Hotel Regent; (2) Florence – Hotel Capital; (3) Venice – Hotel Russott

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