S: Best of Italy - September 2011
FC: Best of Italy September 2011
1: Rome Tuscany Pisa Florence Venice Assisi Pompeii Naples Capri Sorrento Rome | Trip of a Lifetime with Friends for a Lifetime Celebrating Our 35th Wedding Anniversary's
2: Day 1 Travel Day Our Journey Begins GREEN BAY - CHICAGO - ROME Depart Green Bay at 2:00 pm September 21, 2011 | Arrive in ROME at 9:00 am Sept. 22, 2011 Day 1 continues.
3: Welcome Dinner at Alle Due Fontanelle - Rome | September 22
4: ROME - Day 2 Our hotel Grand Hotel Beverly Hills and the narrow streets around us.
5: Day 2, Vatican, St. Peter's Square, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel | September 23
6: Vatican Museum Day 2
7: September 23
8: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Narvona Square | Our First Gelato near the Pantheon
9: Day 2 Our Vatican Tour Guide Alecia | September 23
10: Stopping on our way in ORVIETO in the Tiber Valley, perched on top a volcanic rock. We rode a Funicular to the Gothic Cathedral and shops of PIAZZA DEL DUOMO. We bought ceramic bowls and olive oil spouts. | Day 3 We traveled through the Chianti Wine region on our way to MONTECATINI, for our 2 nights in TUSCANY - Sept. 23 | Gothic Cathedral in ORVIETO
11: Dinner at Agriturismo a delicious 5 course dinner with several wines and Grappa. On our bus trip back we all sang... "That's A'Moré" We bought home olive oils from here. | A Toast To Good Friends!
12: Day 4 FLORENCE "Cradle of the Renaissance" | Dan leading the way! | Michelangelo's "David" | La Cattedrale | September 23
13: Santa Croce Basilica | Signoria Square
14: Day 4 FLORENCE Shopping day, bought monogrammed leather belts and gold necklaces. | Leather Shop Tour | Chucks New Car! | September 24 | Tour Guide ?
15: Chris's "56" Birthday at the Albergo Tettuccio Hotel in MONTECATINI TERME with her birthday cupcake and bottle of Chianti! | Tour Guide Luca | Miss Italia Pageant
16: Day 5 PISA | Basilica | Woman Singing in the Baptistry | September 25
17: LEANING TOWER of PISA, DUOMO and the BASILICA
18: Day 5 - VENICE Our visit started with a gondola ride complete with a traditional accordion serenade! | September 25
19: Hotel Dolci VENICE 300 yrs old | Our luggage arrived!
20: Day 5 | Dinner at All'Angelo's and live music in St. Mark's Square to end with real Tiramisu!
21: Day 6 - VENICE Water taxi to St Marks Square, Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs, St Mark Basilica and Rialto Bridge | September 26
22: Luca's wise words... "Don't Buy Junk" | Last view from the Bridge of Sighs
23: Day 6 - VENICE Ate Gnocchi, drank Spritz, shopped for Groppa, and Murano glass jewelry. We walked back to the hotel on this day, and Dan took a water taxi and got pooped on by a pigeon while resting. | Moorish Window | Byzantine Window | Venetian Window
24: Day 6 - BURANO Out for Dinner! We visited the Burano lace factory, and purchased handmade lace, tablecloths and snowflakes. Chris indulged in numerous pieces of jewelery. Good find! This is where we found out Luca was actually married!
25: Great Food Again! Calamari, Fish Paté, Seafood Lasagna, Shrimp Risotto, Shrimp, and a plate full of Spritz Cookies, Chocolates, Peanuts and Fruit along with Amaretto and Coffee. Very delicious, this was one of our favorite meals.
26: Everyday Life in VENICE | Day 7 Good Bye VENICE September 27
27: Lasagna Lunch in RAVENNA | Our Pilot Giuseppi | Lunch with Fr. Ron and Pat | Lasagna lunch on our way to ASSISI
28: Day 7 - ASSISI We drove through the Apennine Mountains to peaceful ASSISI September 27
30: St. Francis Basilica built above the Saints grave.
31: Toasting Grappa from Our Hotel Subasio Terrace
32: Day 8 - POMPEII Destroyed and Preserved by a Volcanic Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79AD | September 28 | Francesca
34: Mt. Vesuvius
35: POMPEII - where our guide told us to say away from the Asians!
36: Day 8 From POMPEII to NAPLES September 28 | Tour Guide Luca and Bus Driver Giuseppi | Great food at the AutoGrill
37: "People are like a Tsunami when they arrive from their cruise ships!" -Tour guide | Across the blue bay by Jetfoil to the Beautiful Isle of CAPRI. | Funicular | CAPRI
38: Day 8 - CAPRI | September 28
40: Day 8 - CAPRI September 28
41: Dinner our first night in CAPRI at our hotel.
42: Day 9 - ANACAPRI September 29
43: Tour Guide Luigi
44: Villa San Michele - ANACAPRI September 29
46: Limoncello shots
47: Boat Tour around the Isle Blue Grotto September 29
48: Tyrrenhian Sea
49: CAPRI September 29 Afternoon Walk
50: CAPRI Dinner at Gemma's September 29
51: Caprese Sandwich from the deli on CAPRI | Lemons and Lemonade in POMPEII | Leaving CAPRI Day 10 September 30
52: Day 10 SORRENTO AMALFI Coast
58: DAY 10 September 30
59: Back to ROME Our Last Night and Farewell Party Mino Ristorante Day 10 - September 30 | Chris and Carolyn Christie Michigan
64: Our Italian Treasures
65: Dov'é la Toilettes