S: Italian Daydreams
1: Venice | Best of Venice, Florence and Rome in 10 Days September 2010 | From Venice, California to Venice, Italy. It's a LONG flight, but all is forgotten with your first glimpse of Venice in the sun...or the clouds...or the rain. It really doesn't matter. It's a gorgeous, unique, historical, fun city...
2: DAY 1 Welcome to Italy There are only two ways to get around Venice -- on foot or on the water.
4: The view from a Vaporetto
6: HOW TO RIDE A VAPORETTO (Venetian water taxi) There are seats, but STAND, and make your way to an outside railing. You'll be rewarded with glimpses of daily life that will surprise and delight you. They'll make you take your backpack off so they can cram more beautiful Venetians in -- don't fight it! And smile at everyone.
7: The Grand Canal
9: Artistry everywhere you turn | DAY 2 Historic Venice
11: Venice is vertical
13: St. Mark's Square
18: Brides after dark -- St. Mark's Square | Rialto Bridge
19: Gallerie Accademia
20: Graffiti is an Italian word
23: Our new Rick Steves Family. Who would've thought a group of strangers could become so close, so fast? It turns out that shared experiences, and shared Bellinis, are a powerful bonding experience in a foreign land.
24: DAY 3 The Art of Wandering in Venice
29: Italian Diet | We ate pizza, pasta, and panini's for two weeks and lost 7 pounds! The fresh, un-processed food was fabulous. | And a long-legged tour guide gave us plenty of exercise.
31: What's the Italian word for siesta???
38: BURANO A 30-minute boat ride from Venice, this color-drenched island is cuter than Disneyland!
43: Trieste -- part Italy, part Slovenia...all charm
47: We didn't want to leave Venice, and couldn't imagine a more magical place. And then we met Florence... and Umbria... and Rome...
49: DAY 4 - Wonders of Renaissance Florence
50: Ponte Vecchio
52: La Dolce Vita
54: Piazza Signoria
56: DAY 5 David
57: Central Market
59: The Duomo
62: Day 6
63: The Backstreets of Florence
64: Yes, that's lipstick on the statue
69: Our hotel, Torre Guelfa, a former medieval castle, has one of seven towers left standing in Florence. So instead of climbing 463 steps to the top of the Duomo for a 360 view, I climbed one flight above the breakfast room...
74: Arrivederce,, Firenze
76: DAY 7 - Roaming through Rome aka a sprint to get to the Pantheon before it closes
77: The Spanish Steps
80: DAY 8 I can't believe they let you walk on the floors, even in Italian loafers | Vatican Museum
82: FIND THE SMILEY
83: MICHELANGELO WAS HERE
86: Michelangelo's Pieta | St. Peter's Basilica
89: DAY 9 Monuments of ancient Rome Colosseum
90: FORUM and Palatine Ruins
99: The End | PHOTOS BY STEPHANIE ROBERTS ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Stephanie.Roberts@mac.com http://web.me.com/stephanie.roberts/Italy2010/Home.html