S: Our Honeymoon to Italy 2012
BC: DEPARTED | ITALY | 10 JUNE 2012
1: Our Honeymoon to Italy
2: We begin our journey in Fiumara, Reggio di Calabria - where my family grew up and where I spent my summers. It was great seeing family and the sites from my childhood.
4: We explored the town, the coast of Reggio and we took a ferry to Messina, Sicily.
6: Rome, Italy | 1 JUN 2012
7: The Spanish Steps also known as "Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti" are the the widest staircase in Europe, located between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti. The 138 steps lead to the Trinita dei Monti church at the top.
8: Piazza del Popolo
10: The Pantheon is a building in Rome, Italy, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome. It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history. The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda.
13: TREVI FOUNTAIN The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy. it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world.
15: Piazza Navona | The Palazzo Pamphili, faces onto the piazza. It features the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or Fountain of the Four Rivers, topped by the Obelisk of Domitian. There are two additional fountains: at the southern end is the Fontana del Moro, and at the northern end is the Fountain of Neptune. The statue of Neptune in the northern fountain, was added in 1878 to make that fountain more symmetrical with La Fontana del Moro in the south.
17: Vatican City
19: VATICAN CITY is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. It has an area of approximately 110 acres, and a population of just over 800. This makes Vatican City the smallest independent state in the world by both area and population.
20: Vatican Museums
21: The Vatican Museums are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works collected by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries, including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.
25: St. Peter's Basilica
28: Roman Forum, Capitoline Hill and the Coliseum The heart of ancient Rome: full of temples, arches, government buildings, and some of the best ruins in the city.
31: Arch di Tito
32: Vestal Temple
33: Basilica di Massenzio
35: The Colosseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.
39: Last night in Rome
40: OUR LITTLE ANGEL | Florence, Italy | 3 JUN 2012
42: Piazza della Signoria On our way to the Piazza, we stopped at the infamous I Fratellini and had one of the best sandwiches ever. The Piazza holds Palazzo Vecchio ("Old Palace") is the town hall of the city. Overlooking the square with its copy of Michelangelo's David statue as well the gallery of statues in the adjacent Loggia dei Lanzi, it is one of the most significant public places in Italy, and it host cultural points and museums
44: During the Day..
45: ...and at Night
46: Love Locks
47: Ponte Vecchio also known as "Old Bridge", is a Medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.
48: Piazzale Michelangelo is a famous square with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, Italy, and is a popular tourist destination in the Oltrarno district of the city. The square, dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor Michelangelo, has copies of some of his works found elsewhere in Florence.
50: Romantic dinner at an amazing authentic Florentine restaurant, Osteria Antica Mescita San Niccolo
52: Along the Arno River at night
54: The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo) is the main church of Florence, Italy. The Duomo was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style to the design of Arnolfo di Cambio and completed structurally in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. The basilica is one of Italy's largest churches, and was the largest in the world. It remains the largest brick dome ever constructed. After over 450 steps - we finally arrived to the top for a breathtaking view of the city.
56: Wandering around Florence | Basilica of Santa Croce
57: Fontana del Porcellino
58: Enjoying an evening out in Florence
61: Day trip to San Gimignano San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometres outside the town
63: Where we had the best pizza in Italy | The best gelato in Italy
64: Castle of Verrazzano The Castle of Verrazzano is located on a hilltop in the Chianti Classico area, the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation, made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716.
65: Stones from the Verrazzano Bridge in NYC
68: We had an amazing tour of the grounds and the wine-making process for Chianti Wine - onto lunch and a wine tasting. We met two fun couples from Malta & Australia.
71: Our walk down took us through beautiful views of Greve in Chianti
73: On our last night Florence we went to Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, where we indulged in a wine and food pairing with over 10 wines and courses
75: Here's some of the wine and food we tried. We were even served Chianti wine from 1965 & 1971.
76: Siena, Italy | 7 JUN 2012
77: Siena is a city in Tuscany, Italy. It is the capital of the province of Siena. Siena is famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year.
78: The Cathedral of Siena dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church and now to Santa Maria Assunta (Most Holy Mary of Assumption), is a medieval church in Siena, central Italy. The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure.
80: Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of the historic center of Siena, Tuscany, Italy and is regarded as one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. It is renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, as well as various palazzi signorili surround the shell-shaped piazza. The twice-a-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza.
82: The Fonte Gaia was built in 1419 as an endpoint of the system of conduits bringing water to the city's centre, replacing an earlier fountain completed about 1342 when the water conduits were completed. Under the direction of the Committee of Nine, many miles of tunnels were constructed to bring water in aqueducts to fountains and thence to drain to the surrounding fields.
83: Wandering around Siena
84: The Basilica of San Domenico (Basilica Cateriniana), is one of the most important in the city. The church was begun in 1226-1265, but was enlarged in the 14th century to the Gothic appearance it has now. It is a large edifice built, like many contemporary edifice of the mendicant orders, in bricks, with a lofty bell tower on the left (this was reduced in height after an earthquake in 1798).
87: Enoteca Italiana The Enoteca Italiana is located within the walls of the 16th century Fortezza Medicea, and the primary objective of this government-owned institution is to promote Italian wines. Over 1,500 bottles of wine are on display in the cellars, and every day different wines can be sampled in the tasting room.
88: The view from our hotel
90: An evening in Siena
93: Our Wine Tour in Montalcino region Montalcino is a beautiful medieval city surrounded a magnificent countryside and located to the south of Siena on a hill at more than 500 meters above sea level. This is the production area of the Brunello di Montalcino This position with other aspects, gives this wine some different flavours and aromas that during the years has become one of the most famous and expensive wines in the world. Our first stop was Podere Il Casale is a medium sized farm specializing in cheese.
94: Antipasto of amazing cheeses
97: Sesta di Sopra is a 44-hectare farm dating back to the 1200's and located south of Montalcino, about 4 km from Castelnuovo dell'Abate in Tuscany, the ancient land of the Etruscans.
98: Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore This Abbey is located in Crete Senesi surrounded by the thick forest that overlooks all this area below. The entrance is through a cypress avenue that leads to the impressive austere late-gothic church with its own cloisters, gardens and library.
101: San Polino Winery The family-run small farm of San Polino uses permaculture and biodynamic-organic farming to produce a premium Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino. Both wines are the opulent expression of the biodiversity found in the San Polino terrain.
103: The end of our Tuscan adventure and our amazing honeymoon.
104: Farewell Italy... until next time....