FC: Honeymoon in Italy August 2007
2: Our first day in Rome we spent exploring the area around our hotel - the Quirenale Hotel. We found the Trajan Forum and eventually wandered back through the actual Quirenale (the president of Italy's residence), the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
3: By the time we climbed the Spanish Steps, we were ready to lay out on them in the sun and then find dinner and our first bottle of wine of the trip!
5: St. Peter's Basilica \St. Paul's Cathedral and the Vatican Museums
8: On the second day we visited both St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and then the Colosseum.
10: Dinner was at Rosa Rosae | with gelato later at a fun store!
11: The next day was spent in the Roman Forum
15: Basilicia of Constantine, lots of college papers written about this place...
17: Trevi Fountain at Night | Slightly small shower... | Tall ceilings in the hotel room | All in one TV and alarm clock
18: Florence and Tuscany
19: Brunelleschi's Duomo
20: Our first day in Florence we explored the Duomo, its crypts, and the Baptistry doors. We also visited David in the Accademia, but no pictures allowed!
21: Later we crossed the Ponte Vechio (while browsing the shops) on our way to the cooking class and came accross a beautiful building and just had to take some pictures! of it.
22: That night we took a cooking class where we learned to make gnocchi from scratch, a great chicken dish, a rice salad in tomatoes and tiramisu!
24: Tuscany Tour: - San Gimignano: Medieval town - San Donato Vineyard: Amazing rustic lunch with great wine and olive oil tasting - Sienna: Lovely city with interesting folklore and good bakeries | The following day we took a trip to Tuscany with a group tour. It was really lovely - we've decided next time we go back to spend a lot more time in Tuscany - good food and good wine - what more could you want?!
25: We climbed to the top of the "Torre Grosso" or the tallest of the medieval towers and got incredible views of the Tuscan countryside. Later we had the best gelato known to man - it was so good we had to go back and get some more!
33: Leaving Florence we ran into a protest on the streets against the misuse of pyschological drugs on children in the USA - wierd, huh? After dinner and a night's rest we headed off to Venice for the last leg!
35: Our first night we went looking for Franco's bar, but didn't find it. That didn't stop us from having a drink anyway. Eventually we found Franco's new bar accross the campo. Franco's was Matt's hangout in Venice when he lived there eight years earlier.
36: We explored the Biennale the first day - the worldwide contemporary art show that only happens once every two years.
37: The view from our room at the Palazzo Priuli...
38: We got to see the moon rising over Venice as we waited for a table at the incredible Da Covo Restaurant - Spaghetti Vongole like we've never had before...or since! Our feet were pretty tired and swollen by this time in the trip!
40: We spent a full day on the islands of Venice - Murano, Burano, and Torcello. Murano is known for its glass blowing, Burano for its lace-making, and Torcello for it's beautiful Byzantine Church. We bought a little glass, a little lace, and enjoyed ourselves on the vaporetto rides!
44: Eventually, we found Franco's by going to Piccolo Mundo and finding Maruice (the bouncer from Matt's days) who told us where to find it. Later we danced at Piccolo Mundo. Pretty much a free night on Matt's "peeps."
45: The view from the Bridge of Sighs out into Venice taken from the Doge's Palace. We took a tour of the whole palace and then got a little lost in the prisons...
46: Doge's Palace Courtyard
47: Our last lunch in Venice at the restaurant right next to our hotel. | The only wine bar we could find after hours of searching for one (we know they're all over, we just didn't run into them...)
48: On our last night we took a gondola ride through the back canals of Venice with a great gondolier who sang for us the whole way while pointing out tucked away sights like Marco Polo's resting spot or Vivaldi's childhood home.
53: That night we had the best meal of the trip at Da Fiore. We made our way to the restaurant and hour earlier than our reservations but were seated within ten minutes. Service was unbelievable and the food was amazing. We ordered the six course tasting menu and had zuchinni salad, prawns, seafood ravioli, fritto misto (which was to die for), spinach wrapped sea bass and dessert - chocolate souffle for Rebecca and berry gelato with actual wild strawberries and other frutto di bosco for Matt. Then we walked back to our hotel to pack up for the trip home. Eventually the heels came off and Rebecca walked barefoot through the streets of Venice.
54: At the top of the Rialto Bridge
55: Which way to San Marco? The sign points both ways <---San Marco--->
56: We were pretty tired by the time we found our hotel and held the button for the third floor (the elevator only worked if you held the button for the whole ride)
57: Dirty tired feet is an appropriate ending to the honeymoon. However despite all the walking and sore feet, we had an amazing time and can't wait to go back again someday soon!