Ah memories, like the corners of my mind...
Matt and I wanted to go somewhere on our honeymoon that neither of us had been before. Someplace new to explore. We're not lay on the beach and relax type of people - we want to hit the ground running and go go go. We want to learn something new, see pretty things and eat really good food. So Italy was the perfect spot for us. Being Italian myself, I figured I would blend right in...except for the fact that I look like the Polish side of my family.
Our first stop on our week-long tour was Rome, where we stayed in the lovely Starhotel Michelangelo. The room was beautiful. And there was a continental breakfast every morning which included about 10 different types of breads/pastries and Nutella. Yes, we were expected to eat Nutella every day. Enough said.
The view from our hotel was none other than St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Not too shabby.
I took about 500 pictures of the ceilings at the Vatican. I was very dizzy, but very impressed. The level of detail in each painting is amazing. And just knowing how incredibly old they are - just makes you appreciate it all the more.
No trip to Rome would be complete without a trip to the Colosseum. It was sort of weird - we were in the middle of a bustling city and yet here is this relic of history that almost seems out of place with the modern amenities all around it.
We walked about 10 miles each day - there was so much to explore. But we only had 3 days, so we made sure to hit the hot spots - like the Trevi Fountain.
And, as they say, "When in Rome" - we ate like the Romans do!
The next stop on our journey was Florence. They were a little strict about what you could take pictures of, so unfortunately I don't have a ton of photos from this leg of the trip. In the background of this photo here is a replica of the Statue of David. The real one is under heavy guard - we saw it, but were forbidden to photograph it.
We did lots of walking in Florence too. Even stumbled across my very own restaurant! Note the skinniness - I don't even know where those pants are. Sigh...
But I digress. We only had 2 days in Florence before we boarded the train for Venice - my favorite part of the trip!
This is the taxi stand outside of our hotel. On the water. Taxis - on the water. Seriously, you hear about it, but when you see it, it's mind-blowing!
We spent 2 days walking around (did I mention how much walking we did!) and soaking up as much as we could. One of our favorite parts of town was San Marco Square. We ate seafood risotto there both nights - if we stayed longer we would have eaten even more seafood risotto!
The last part of our trip was a short boat ride to the island of Murano. We watched a master craftsman work his art - creating the most gaudy glass creations you have ever seen (gaudy that sells for thousands of dollars!).
Before we knew it, our week in Italy was over. We took a water taxi from Venice to the airport and said "Ciao Italia - we'll be back!"
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