S: Our Italian Summer 2011
BC: Arrivederci, Italia
FC: La Dolce Vita Our Italian Summer June 2011
1: La Dolce Vita: Italian Memories June 2011 Jim and Faye Smith and Tricia and Leah Knox Transatlantic flights, limos, autos,scooters, double deckers, slow trains, Aerostar fast train, gondolas, water taxis Reggio Emelia, Tuscany, Val d'Orcia, Pienza, Cretaiole, Montacino, Montepulciano, Castelmuzio, Siena, Florence, Rome, Venice Piazzas, winding roads, rivers, canals, alleys Duomos, statues, stained glass, tombs Accademia, The Uffizi, Trevi, Vatican Museum, Sistene Chapel, St. Peter's Basicilia Luciano, Isabella, Carlo, Michaelangelo, Bernini, the Pope Parmigiano, Pomodoro, Pecorino, prosciutto, Pane frizzante, non frizzante, vino rosso, vino bianco insalata, insalata Caprese, formaggio pici, gnocchi, spaghetti, ravioli, lasagna tirimasu, gelato Expresso, cappacino, grappa, limoncelli, vin santo
2: In the beginning, there was sweet Reggio Emelia... the town other tourists forgot! Real Italians, everyday. Love it.
4: It's true: There's no place like Tuscany
5: Cretaiole, a 600 year old farmhouse in the Val d'Orcia region of Tuscany, town of Pienza. Our home for one week. Isabella, Carlo, Luciano, and other Moricciani family members. Splendid. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
6: Almost midnight at Cretaiole. Leah and Luciano on the night of the eclissi and the Luna Rosso--- the eclipse and the the red moon over Tuscany. | Perfect spot: Morning coffee, afternoon wine, dining alfresco.
7: Jim and Carlo, Cretaiole's wine maker and nationally certified olive oil specialist.
8: Cooking lessons, wine tasting, fresh veggies, olive oil tasting, Italian meals! | Prosciutto, pecorino, pici, nightly grappa, limoncello, kittens, and a Luna Rosso!! | Luciano and his products | Favorite lunch spot in Pienza.
9: Learning to make PICI and other Italian foods! Cretaiole and Castlemuzio. | Isabella
10: Getting to know Tuscany and its hill towns.
12: Pienza Montalcino Montepulciano Castelmuzio Siena
16: We love Tuscany!
17: Florence: the Renaissance City
18: Out and about in Florence: David, the Uffizi, the Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, and food!
20: Rome: The Eternal City
21: Out and about in Ancient Rome. "Veni, vidi, vici!"
24: Modern Rome
25: We Love Rome!
26: Venice: The Serene, except when the cruise ships come in!
28: We love Venice
29: Some final scenes of a wonderful trip to Bella Italy.
31: Some candid family shots.
34: To ensure our return, Tricia and Leah toss coins into Trevi for all of us. Dear Italy, we will return. | Ti amo Italia!
35: Arrivederci, Italia