Hey everyone! After 10 wonderful days in beautiful Italy, Ryan and I are back home. We had an amazing trip. The scenery was beautiful, the history intriguing and the food fantastic. It was exactly the way we remembered it. I decided to write this post to give you just a little glimpse into our adventure.
After a ungodly long flight from the US we arrived in Milan at about 10:30 AM Italy time.Which, since Italy is 9 hours ahead of us here in Seattle, meant that it felt like 1:30AM to us. In an effort to avoid the effects of jet lag, instead of giving in to the sleep our bodies were down right demanding, Ryan and I got dressed and ventured out into the city.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from Milan. I had heard mixed reviews about it. Some loved it, while others said there is not much to see as it is just like any other big city. I have to say that, while it is more industrialized than the other cities that we visited, Ryan and I really enjoyed it. How could you not with sites like this?
After a couple of days of exploring the different neighborhoods, seeing the sites, taking the metro and catching a glimpse at the amazing piece of art that is DaVinci’s Last Supper, we headed off to Bellagio on Lake Como. Which, it turns out, is an amazing work of art by Mother Nature.
As we took the ferry from Varenna to Bellagio, I began to see why Lake Como was on “1000 Places to See Before You Die”. It was jaw dropping beautiful. Little villages on the calm, quiet lake surrounded by mountains. I remember thinking to myself, “how can I be so lucky to visit such a wonderful place?”
We spent our time in Bellagio with it’s tiny streets and hundreds of steps leading to shops and restaurants. It was a very relaxing couple of days, filled with wine, food, and the quiet calmness of the lake crashing against the shore. But alas, it came time for us to leave and head to Siena.
Siena, if you don’t know, is a walled Tuscan hill town about an hour or so outside of Florence. Our hotel was outside of the city walls, with beautiful grounds and a view of the city. Some may consider it a long walk to the city center, but not me, I enjoyed taking in all of the sites that I could along the way.
Once you get to the city center, you can’t miss Il Campo, Siena’s main square. It is in this square that Ryan and I walked the many, many steps to the top of the clock tower. But all of that huffing, puffing, and ducking was well worth it when we got to the top and saw this:
If daytime in Siena wasn’t beautiful enough, Siena takes on a whole other beauty at night. The day trippers leave and those staying in the city can wander the winding midevil streets.
After two sleepy nights here it was off to Rome. Beautifully crazy and down right chaotic Rome.
If you have read my previous post about our honeymoon, you know that we had been to Rome before so in terms of chaos we knew what to expect. There are lots of crowds and drivers who seem to only use traffic signs as suggestions. But for me, this only adds to the electricity I feel when I am in this city. I love the people, the sights, the sounds, the smells. I love just about everything about this city, except for the shower curtain at our hotel which I am convinced may have been as old as the Coliseum. But that is another story all together. Instead lets focus on the good like the fact that you can walk around this wonderful city and see sights like these:
Before we knew it we reached the last night of our trip, but I couldn’t leave Rome without heading over to the Trevi Fountain to ensure our return visit.
And with that our trip was over. But among the many souvenirs of wines, oils, shirts, purses and dried pasta we came back with, we also have memories that will last a lifetime. And not to mention, many many recipe ideas to try in the future. Here’s to Italy!