S: Italy 2011
BC: March 19-April 3 Our Trip to Italy!
1: Our trip to Italy began on Saturday, March 19th, 2011. Following a flight to Minneapolis, we caught a flight to Paris. From Paris we flew to Pisa and then we took a train to Cinque Terre. It was a long day of travel, but the experience we had was certainly worth it!
2: Vernazza o
3: Camere Giuliano
4: 3 Euro bottle of wine, seafood pizza, and a beautiful sunset...
5: Hiking the trails
6: Hiking helped us to see the beautiful coastline and combat the calories from pastry and pasta consumption. We also learned the hard way that trails marked with certain signs should be avoided...
7: Riomaggiore and Corniglia
10: Our dining experiences at Miki's, Trattoria Dal Billy, La Smorfia and Il Pirata
15: The Tuscan bike tour...
18: Do not let the smile fool you. After the Amazing Race comment... | things got chilly in Tuscany!
20: Trattoria Lo Stracotto
22: Santa Maria Assunta
25: San Gimignano
26: Our private wine tasting experience included goat cheese, fresh olive paste, bread and salami.
28: 4 Leoni.... | Florence at its best!
31: Another day, another castle...
32: On this castle tour, we learned about the Pazzi family and their attempts to overthrow the Medici family. This tour included information about extra virgin olive oil and chianti.
34: Back to 4 Leoni for pear ravioli, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, Florentine beef and an amazing piece of cheesecake. Throughout the visit, Michael treated us like royalty and adjusted our bill with a Canadian discount. Definitely worth a second visit!
35: The next phase of our trip took us to Reggio Emilia in northern Italy for my conference.
37: Scott's day trip to Venice
39: Our study group excursion to Lingonchio included a trip to a parmesan cheese factory.
40: The excursion continued with a six course, two and a half hour lunch, greetings from the mayor and a visit to a hydro-electric attelier.
41: Our time in Reggio was great...but leaving proved to be an adventure!
44: Scenes from the Vatican Museum
45: The Pope's Residence
46: Our last afternoon in Italy included a tour of the Colosseum. Its official name is the Flavian Amphitheatre. It was awe-inspiring to be visiting a building that was built in 70 A.D. We were invited to imagine gladiators, lions and wild boar fighting to the death inside these walls. Truly a highlight of the trip!
49: Different perspectives of the Colosseum
53: Supper at The Library brought our trip to a close. A wonderful trip with many wonderful memories!