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S: Luna di Miele May 2011

FC: Luna di Miele May 1 - 12, 2011

1: Roma, Isola di Capri, Venezia, Milano, Lago di Como, & Firenze

2: M.E. diploma & job? Check. Passports? Check. Euros from the world's best best man? Check. Impeccably packed suitcases? Check. One last photo from a nervous mom? Check. Arrivederci!

3: Day 1-3: Roma

4: Our beautiful room at the Paladium Palace Hotel & the amazing view. Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, one of the city's major churches, was just at the end of the street (of course we didn't realize this until day 2). We saw a thousand things as we ran around in a jet-lagged frenzy...

8: The Vatica

9: n Museums

12: Saint Peter's Basilica

13: Trastevere, the oldest section of Rome, is home to amazing gelato, closely parked cars, hundreds of winding narrow streets, and Chiesa Santa Maria, the oldest church in Rome where Aaron did his Vatican confessional pennance.

15: The incredible view from the rooftop breakfast cafe at our hotel of the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. The spectacular breakfast of European scrambled eggs and bacon, hard boiled eggs, and oj and croissants that tasted like nothing in the states--amazing.

16: Campo di Fiore for some open air market shopping.

17: We found the best spot on the Spanish Steps for lunch--pecorino romano, strawberries, & Italian bread.

18: Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, & Roman Ruins

19: Day 4: Isola di Capri

20: We took TONS of photos during a boat ride around the island, some time in town, and a brief hike.

25: Day 5-6: Venezia

26: Our room in Venice that you had to walk around the block to a separate door to enter, with the interesting view of the back of the next building.

27: Piazza San Marco and Basilica di San Marco, which were about 2 blocks from our hotel. The gates were for the upcoming papal visit that was a surprise to us.

28: Our feet on ground where Galileo once stood. He presented the first telescope to the Venice authorities in the top of this Campanile.

29: Walking around the city, we stumbled on a great little pizza place with a flyer-covered window from which we got take out to eat on the steps of San Giacometto, below, where we later saw a live opera performance. The next day we took a boat to Murano, a neighboring island.

30: Murano

31: We waited for 4 hours to finally see il Papa!! He was a bit late, but we were front and center when he rode past.

35: Day 7: Milano

36: Our really Americanized hotel in Milan & lunch on the street from a food festival. | Lunch on the street from a food festival.

37: Soccer game in Milan where the fan are sectioned by plexiglass walls, the seats are basically concrete slabs, and the men cheer/sing in unison. Best of all--we won!

38: Duomo di Milano

39: Day 8: Lago di Como

40: We took a boat ride through Lago di Como to Bellagio, a town nestled into the hilly coastline, found crazy Pepsi can lid, and la Basilica di San Giacomo in the city.

44: We took a funicolaire ride to the top of the hills surrounding Como, where we found a library and plaque honoring Volta.

45: Day 9-10: Firenze

46: Our hotel room in Florence was amazing with a balcony & a crazy old elevator. We spent the first day wandering around the city, eating amazing street paninis, checking out the Duomo and Baptistry with bronze doors, Ponte Vecchio, amazing statues (inc. a cast of David), & relaxed with wine & sunset over the city from Piazzale Michaelangelo.

52: A statue of Michaelangelo, a typical Florentine home, a library, and Santa Croce, and a church that houses the tombs of Galileo, Dante, Michaelangelo, and Machiavelli found during our wanderings.

55: Santa Croce, a Franciscian monastery, housed 16 chapels, a pulpit with carvings depicting the life of Saint Francis, and Taddeo Gaddi's Last Supper (since we missed da Vinci's).

56: Our last meal in Italy--prosciutto with fried noodles and cheese, a local merlot, spaghetti with pecorino romano and tomatoes, penne with rabbit sauce, beef stewed in merlot for days.... and a Florentine steak that just about beat Aaron.

57: Before & After

59: We spent the last night in Firenze wandering through the city & left very early in the morning to arrive at the airport--before it even opened.

60: 10 days...

61: 20 gelatos.

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