S: Italy 2011
BC: Till next time, Italy. We loved it here and can't wait to come back!
FC: ITALY 2011
1: Venice Florence Rome, 2011 | Almost There! | Traveling | On the plane | Venice Airport
2: Finally in Venice, Tired but oh so EXCITED | Main mode of transportation in Venice
3: On the public "bus" - Venice Alilaguna | Local Police ;)
4: Grand Canale
5: Views of Venice | Our Stop, San Stae
6: Realto Bridge and View from it
7: San Marco Square, St. Mark's Basilica
13: "Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go." --Truman Capote
15: Traffic Jam, Venice Style
17: Yup, that's a street | "A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence." -Leopole Stokowski
20: Gondola Ride Complete with non-English speaking Gondolier and a kiss under the bridge
21: Our hotel was just around the corner from here. These images capture one of the best memories from Italy: Eating fantastic Italian meal, enjoying the beautiful evening weather & scenery and watching kids play.
22: Our hotel: Al Doge Beato. People say the best way to explore Venice is to get lost in it. Well, we've definitely done that looking for our hotel!
23: Just 4 of the 400 pictures of doors that Harold took
24: A Giant Chocolate Meringue! Yum!
25: No tall people allowed on this street
26: BEST | Aperatiff | walk | Earth | to | The | the
27: On to Florence!
28: To the top of the Dome of the Duomo we go
33: Florentine Memories Through these old streets I wander dreamily; Around me Florence sweeps her busy tide Of life; quaint palaces on every side. Here, where I pass, perchance in former day Petrarch hath walked, composing poetry To oft-sung charms of Laura. Here hath hied Dante, of Florence now the greatest pride, | But whom, in life, she fiercely drove away, To write in gloom his epic. Here, beneath This loggia, Boccaccio hath told His laughing tales, to comrades, merrily - What wondrous memories these scenes bequeath! What artists, sculptors, painters, here of old Fashioned this lovely gem of Italy!
34: Piazza Republica
35: Moldovian Street Musicians
36: Taddeo Gaddi built me. I am old, Five centuries old. I plant my foot of stone Upon the Arno, as St. Michael's own Was planted on the dragon. Fold by fold Beneath me as it struggles, I behold Its glistening scales. Twice hath it overthrown My kindred and its companions. Me alone It moveth not, but is by me controlled. I can remember when the Medici Were driven from Florence; longer still ago The final wars of Ghibelline and Guelf, Florence adorns me with its jewelry; And when I think that Michaelangelo Has leaned on me, I glory in myself
37: View from Ponte Vecchio
42: The first statue of Renaissance
43: Duomo Artist Shop
49: Tuscany Bike Ride - Our favorite memory from this trip
50: San Gimignano
52: Monterriggioni | Cut towers - Florentines cut them to signal to Siena that they took their Fort
60: Boboli Gardens
67: Our Hotel, Bellitini
68: Off to Rome!
72: Tax the rich protest
73: Rome Walking Tour Trivia learned: Spanish Steps have absolutely nothing to do with Spain | The French Church and the Spanish Steps | Our Tour Guide
74: The Best Coffee (apparently, didn't taste it) | The BEST sandwich, based on personal experience (at Poppolo Piazza) | The hungriest horse! She almost ate my purse!
75: The Steak, as in the BEST steak This was at the Florence restaurant Il Fagioli that didn't have an English menu, had a pretty interesting service, but absolutely, hands down the best Florentine Steak in the world (Recommended by Marco). | The funniest signs and the cutest small cars and vans. Some were captured for posterity (across Italy).
76: The Fountains of Rome
77: Trevi - the fountain of Love. We dropped the coins and therefore are destined to come back, together.
79: Ostia Antica
85: Rome at Night (and not just from the night when we got a little lost)
86: Stand here and... | see the columns line up | THE VATICAN
87: Pope Radio - strongest signal in the world
88: This stone was here even at the old St. Peters, so all the greats have walked here - Michelangelo, Raphael, Princess Diana... and us
89: The Map Room These pictures don't do it justice
90: This place was one of the oldest Synagogues converted into a restaurant. Going downstairs was like stepping into the past. Free champagne before dinner was also a hit.
91: Wine and pasta - Can this trip get any better? | At Rosso Pomidoro
94: SWEET I TALY
95: Breakfast of Champions
99: IN ITALY