S: 14-24 AUGUST 2009
FC: ITALIA | 2009 | FIRENZE SIENA SAN GIMIGNANO PISA LIVORNO ROMA VENEZIA FIESOLE
2: The airline lost our luggage! ...it arrived the next day.
3: Welcome to La Terrazza del Principe! Viale Niccol Machiavelli, 10 50125 Florence, Italy
4: Magnificnet view of Firenze from Piazzale Michaelangelo
5: We went for a walk ...right by Galileo's front door!
6: Galleria degli Uffizi
7: We took a ride in the Chiquichento down narrow roads. ..we stopped to pick blackberries!
8: Piazza del Campo Where we waited for hours in 100+ degree heat for the Palio di Siena to start. | Thousands of spectators from all over the world, fill the Piazza del Campo to capacity! The Palio di Siena is a horse race held twice each year on July 2 and August 16 , in which ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen Contrade, or city wards. | Il Palio di Siena
10: In Siena—which is regarded as the panforte capital of Italy—it is said that panforte should properly contain seventeen different ingredients, seventeen being the number of Contrade within the city walls. | The shop where we bought the best fresh mozzarella & Prosciutto sandwiches!
11: Cathedrale di Santa Maria | A gleaming marble treasury of Gothic art from the13th and 14th centuries. Large in scale and ornately decorated inside and out, Siena's cathedral is one of the finest examples of Italian Gothic architecture.
12: On our way...
13: Backpacking took us to many beautiful verdant places. Our granola bars kept u alive during long walks. | ...to San Gimignano!
14: We shopped, ate pizza & admired the sights of this small medieval town!
15: San Gimignano
19: It was a perfect day to visit the leaning Tower...on our way to spend the day at the coast!
21: Livorno | We spent the day relaxing, swimming, jumping off the rock... At night we ate seafood and danced...with the whole family!
22: Citta del Vaticano
26: Palazzo Doria Pamphili | Scalinata della Trinit dei The "Spanish Steps" is the longest & widest staircase in Europe with 138 steps. | The square where we ate delicious gelato, & watched talented artists display their artwork for purchase.
27: Fontana di Trevi
30: Piazza San Marco
32: Market shopping in Florence!
35: Relaxing by the pool | Enjoying fresh figs off the tree!
36: Fiesole | We took a short ride up into the mountains that overlooked Florence...we walked up a steep narrow road & arrived at the top where we entered into an old church & enjoyed the scenic views of Florence
38: We took the Chiquicento & motorcycle out for a ride in the hills of Tuscany.
39: Piazza della Signoria An L-shaped square in fromt of the Palazzo Vecchio
40: We visited a horse farm where we explored an old house & Giosue stole grapes from the vineyard!
43: Papa Nicola & Sabina made us delicious meals every night! A unique combination of Tuscan cooking with authentic Sicilian flavors. Homemade pasta with a fresh citrus cream sauce, fresh seafood from the market, Crusty Tuscan bread, juicy tomatoes. & mozzarella.. and of course, usually finished with a glass of wine and fresh watermelon. Buon Appetito!