We visited 4 cities this November- Rome, Cinque Terre, Florence, and Venice. I had never been to Cinque Terre or Venice, so was thrilled at visiting these areas. Returning to Rome and Florence was, of course, a thrill. Sadly, it was a quick trip with 3 nights in each. But in that time, we were able to cover a lot of territory! And Diana and Cody joined us. Because this was their first time, we saw the renewed beauty through their eyes! There are joys to traveling in the way-off season- fewer crowds (but still crowded!). But the weather became a factor- cold and rain, but that did not stop us from exploring! But it did encourage us to drink more- coffee, wine and proseco!!
Rome! 2 full days led to seeing all the big sights, helped by the Hop On- Hop Off bus.
|Entry into Rome airport- our first moments!|
The first morning Rich and I walked the area around our hotel near the train station.
|Us on the Hop On Hop Off, with the Colluseum in the background|
|At Castello Angelo and their wonderful bridge|
|At the Pantheon|
|Colluseum- hungry and too many photos- LOL|
|Of course!! Truly descriptive:-)|
|Stopping for Proseco at the Vatican Museums!|
Sneaking photos in the Sistine Chapel! (no photos)
Cinque Terre! So beautiful! We stayed in Monterosso!
|Cody goofing off in our room:-)|
|Wine at sunset|
Walking the Cinque Terre trail from Vernazza to Corniglia. Of course, it is the hardest trail, taking over 2 hours of actual strenuous uphill stairs and trails.
|I love this picture- Diana pointing out the sign says the trail is closed|
|On the trail|
Saying good-bye to Cinque Terre. We had to leave a day early because of a train strike. This is a place I will definitely return to!!
|St. Francis statue over-looking a Roman tower and the Mediterranean|
|Goofing off- again:-). The David aprons were everywhere!|
|Climbing the bell tower|
|Ponte Vecchio at night!|
Rich and I climbing the Duomo Dome (no climbing for Diana and Cody)
Sunset and wine overlooking the River Arno!
|Diana and her Tuscany steak!|
|and Cody with his chicken|
Venice!!!! Can you tell it was cold? LOL
|St. Marks Square|
|On a canal in Murano|
|Breakfast mamosa's with Proseco and blood orange- breakfast of travelers! Well, these travelers:-)|
Sunset on the St. Marks Promenade- our last night:-(