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FC: Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days | Venice from St. Mark's | Ingrid & Ted Nutter - Venice, Florence & Rome in 10 Days - September, 2010

1: Regatta Day (top right), Donato, Our Guide (lower left), Approach to Venice (lower right)

2: Glass shop Piazza San Marco - Venice | Glass

4: St Mark's Basilica

6: The Corer Museum is not part of the tour, but it is worth a visit. The sculptor Canova is well represented , and it is on the square.

8: From the Rick Steve's Guide Book, we found this excellent restaurant not far from the square. The prices are modest, and the signs...

9: ...unique.

10: We see the paintings of Canaletto and others in books or in museums over the years, but the view in person cannot be matched.

11: The flavor of Venice reminds of the feeling of New Orleans.

12: Also not part of the tour was a ride around the Grande Canal in a guided water taxi tour. We had a good dude and a small group

13: We took the water taxi tour in a late afternoon September day. The weather was perfect. The Rialto from the boat.

14: It's what a Venice policeman needs instead of a motorcycle.

15: It was Regatta Day on our last Friday in Venice, and we saw quite a display

16: There were dozens of entries in the Regatta, and a race followed.

18: One of the largest and most ornate of the entries

21: These two might have floated in from California.

22: One of several restaurant dinners arranged by our guide, Donato.

23: We are obliged to include the Ponte Vecchio on the Arno in Florence

24: Florence at night from the roof of our Hotel.

25: Each city we visited had modestly priced live music in the evenings geared to English speaking tourists. It was La Boheme in Florence.

26: T | The group has been gathered for a tour with one of several local guides who showed us special places in each city.

27: Someone took us down the wrong alley

28: Guelphs and Ghibellines - Donato tells us the stories about Dante, and we go back home to read The Divine Comedy

29: Donato and some of the group

30: A picture in Umbria on the way to Rome. The picture takes itself

31: Our wine tasting host with Donato.

32: Lunch with wine was quite an unexpected treat

33: Donato has told us the story of Rome from Aeneas to Romulus and beyond on the bus from Umbria. Now we will explore the city.

34: A Rick Steve's guide lets everyone in the group know how to get around. Some also teach how to make pesto. Andiamo!

35: Getting into museums or the Vatican is expedited on the tour and saves standing in long lines.

36: This beautiful piece has...

37: a surprise inside the vase.

38: Santa Maria della Vittoria

39: Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Saint Theresa. Pictures cannot be taken in most Italian museums, but can be in most churches. The work of Bernini seen in person is worth the whole trip

40: Our local guide in Rome with Donato.

41: Ear buds are provided with tours when needed and enhance the lectures.

42: Pines (or are they cedars) of Rome and perfect weather.

43: From the top of Victor Emmanuel Monument

44: The group at last evening's dinner.

45: Donato said that tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain will make you return to Rome. I asked him if he had change for a 10 cent piece

46: As others in our group did, we arrived early and stayed later. There were several more places in Rome to see. The Boxer.

47: Commodus (the original, not Joaquin Phoenix)

48: Near the Borghese (do not miss), we find a game of Bocce.

50: The final reckoning.

51: St Peter in Chains

52: Michaelangelo's Moses in San Pietro in Vincoli.

53: On our last day, we included a trip to Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria. There is not enough time! We'll have to return.

54: Best Buds

55: Friends are the chocolate chips in the cookies of life.

56: “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family” ~ Anthony Brandt

57: Good times!

58: “When you look at your life the greatest happiness are family happinesses” ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

59: All things grow better with love.

60: “The love of a family is life's greatest blessing”

61: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” ~Dr Seuss

62: I love my big brother

63: Families are like fudge...mostly sweet with a few nuts.

65: “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” ~Barbara Bush

67: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen

69: The family is one of nature's masterpieces. ~ George Santayana

70: Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero. ~ Marc Brown

72: Family Fun

73: "Even though you are in my home for a short time You are in my heart forever."

75: A hug a day keeps the monsters away.

76: Hug a little, Love a lot!!

77: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen

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