Katie & Lance R. – Italy Wedding Anniversary Vacation

Florence Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral

Emily, Sorry for the delay in replying. We have been busy getting settled back into our trip. Congrats and I hope you had a good Honeymoon!!! We had a great time in Italy. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime and all of our friends and family were very jealous. We couldnt have asked for better weather while we were in Italy (perhaps maybe not so hot). The whole trip went very smooth and we didnt have any issues finding where we needed to be, etc. After landing in Italy we navigated to our water taxi and soon after got our first glimpse of Venice. We soon checked into our hotel and quickly started our exploration of the city. While in Venice we enjoyed eating a many good places! We had squid ink pasta and good wine at Vino Vino, had a great lunch at Vino Vero in Cannaregio and probably our best dinner in Venice was at a little place that I cant remember the name of in the middle of the city ;-( . I will find the name of it and let you know! We enjoyed just walking around the city and taking in the beauty. We attended Sunday morning mass at Saint Marks Basilica which was a very neat experience! We enjoyed learning about the history of Venice and seeing the grand craftsmanship during the Doges Palace tour as well. After arriving to Florence by train one of our first stops was Trattoria Marios to split a Florentine Steak! We were sat with a very nice German couple who made for good conversation to go along with a tasty steak. That afternoon we enjoyed a walking tour of the city and capped it with a sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo. While in Florence we did a Tuscany day tour. Our favorite stop on the tour was San Gimignano, where we had time to tour the city on our own and purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy as we sat on the city wall overlooking the Tuscan hillside. The next day we did the Cinque Terre day tour; I think this was our favorite stop of our whole trip. We would love to come back and spend more time in the park in the future. I hope it is able to keep its charm and not change too much with the influx of tourist! Our final day in Florence we were able to tour the Duomo and see all the priceless art in the Uffizi Gallery. By the time we go to Rome we felt like we had already seen so much! Nevertheless there was plenty more to see in Rome. The Vatican tour was such a neat experience and one we will always talk about and cherish. The amount of history in Rome is hard to fathom. We very much enjoyed our ancient Rome walking tour, esp. the Pantheon and the Colosseum. I cant say enough about our guide for the walking tour, she was spectacular! I cant remember her name but she was South African and had been living in Italy for many years. Her knowledge was amazing. On our final day in Italy we ventured over to Trastevere and we are very glad that we did! It was great walking around the ancient streets and eating gelato and fried artichokes! We will miss the atmosphere, caf, food, people and the scenery of Italy until we can make it back again! I included just a few pictures of our many pictures from the trip. I would really like to thank you and everyone at Trips2Italy for making the trip such an easy and enjoyable experience! I would definitely recommend you to anyone looking to go to Italy! Ciao e Grazie!!! -Lance & Katie