S: Italy Trip - Fall 2010
BC: "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened." - Dr Seuss
FC: Italy Trip - Fall 2010
1: Milan was a wonderful surprise. We did get separated from our tour group momentarily. But it led to a great adventure.
4: Venice was wet and raining but just wonderful and very unique. St. Marks Square was flooded and we walked on tables to keep our feet dry. Great people watching!
8: Enchanting Florence ! We climbed to the top of the Duomo at sunset
9: We loved the Grom Gelato | Hotel Alessandra
11: We took a Chianti Country day tour. Included was a visit to a winery for dinner and flights of wine and the towns of Pisa and Siena. Kurt got a little car sick but managed to recover.
12: Late afternoon in Siena
13: Kurt answered the challenge!
14: The lovely town of Lucca was a day stop on our way from Florence to Cinque Terre.
16: Cinque Terre ("Five Lands") are five small towns on the Ligurian coast. We stayed in Vernazza
17: Our hotel, Gianni Franzi, is the pink building guarded by the fort >>> Views from our balcony and terrace
18: We walked the path to Corniglia
19: ... then took the train to Manarola
21: "A ... then walked the Via Dell'Amore ("Way of Love") to Riomaggiore
22: Rough water required all the boats to be brought into the Piazza Marconi in Vernazza.
24: The sad fate of Vernazza one year later, ten feet of mud on October 25, 2011 | ^ Ours ^ | From Rick Steeves >> | Sunday Mass at Santa Margherita d'Antiochia of Vernazza (built 1318)
25: A quick stop in Monterosso (the last of the five towns) before heading to Assisi
27: Then on to Rome
28: We walked to the Vatican and climbed the Dome of St. Peter's.
32: Piazza Rotunda | Pantheon
33: Executive Building and Parliament | Sundial Marker | Stolen goods
34: Trevi Fountain
35: Villa Borghese Gardens and Museum
36: Walk, Spanish Steps, Victor Emmanuel "typewriter" | Caravaggio at St. Louis of the French Church
37: The walk to the Forum, Jewish Ghetto, and Trastevere
38: We were drenched during our visit to the Colosseum and Arch of Titus. Then the sun came out and we had a great day in the Form and on Palatine Hill
41: We hiked to San Giovanni in Laterano in the evening.
42: We left our Hotel Smeraldo and the wonderful neighborhood, the Largo Argentina ruins, Campo de'Fiori, and Piazza Navona, and flew to Amsterdam.
43: Rijsttafel (rice table), Sama Sebo Indonesian Restaurant | Bilderberg Hotel Jan Luyken | Amsterdam
44: Twenty-two hours gave us a wonderful opportunity to explore Amsterdam ... | ... and almost miss our flight home !