Food in Italy

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In most of our hotels in Italy, this was my breakfast… Eggs, fruit & meat. The coffee was superb everywhere… And I mean regular coffee, not espresso or cappuccino which were also fabulous. The regular coffee came in it’s own little pot along with steamed milk! So yummy!!!

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Next is drinks. Aperol spritzer, Bellini and Proseco on the train and free too!

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Next is a meal we had at Ca’ Sagredo, our hotel in Venice, on the grand canal. Talk about ambience… the lights glittering on the water, the occasional quiet boat floating by and delectable food! A fig appetizer, raviolis and gelato with fresh berries. Heaven!

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Yet another amazing and interesting meal. An appetizer in a pastry shell with a cheese filling and farro with a huge prawn. There was a lot of farro in Italy and I developed a love for it. The most interesting thing I ate in all of Italy was this strawberry risotto. Glad I tried it but it was not my favorite. The ravioli with asparagus was quite good but I only had a small taste since I am allergic. But Todd loved it. And last of course desert. I remember it was amazing but don’t really remember exactly what it was.

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Enter Roma

Roman gate

We didn’t enter Rome through this gate but isn’t it magnificent? You can really get a sense of scale in the shot with the car & the man next to the door. Can you imagine having to close those doors when the city was under siege?

Street scenes of Rome

Next, some lovely art on the wall of a charming building. Then just one of many castle fortifications that can be seen all over Rome. And for contrast, modern times…. The gas stations are literally along the side of the road. You pull up on what would be the shoulder in the US and fill up. We saw a lot of these cool little scooters all over Rome too.

Evening in Rome

The top shots are the view from our Hotel window onto the Piazza Barberini. Next is the best tagliatelle I have ever had and a nice, big, cool jug of wine! So satisfying, makes me want some right now! Then as we walked home from dinner we came across a lovely piazza with horse-drawn carriages. Last is an impressive view of our hotel as you come upon it in the evening. The Hotel Bernini was featured in the end of the movie Angels & Demons. We have yet to see it but now perhaps we should.

Last bit of Florence

It has been quite a while since I last posted about our Italian holiday. The holiday itself got busier in the last half and the wifi became more difficult to come by. Then we arrived back home and I plunged right into all the business of non-holiday life. So now that we are upon the winter holiday season, I am going to try to finish up with the Italian holiday posts. Seems about right, doesn’t it?

I know I said that next I would post about Rome but I forgot about a whole set of photos from Florence. So this is the last of Florence. Mostly street scenes.Florence-end1

I loved the stained glass Farmacia sign above. Then, this was the largest dog we saw in all of Italy and she looked a lot like our Foxy who is now in doggy heaven so I had to snap a shot of her walking alongside her man as he slowly cycled on the cobblestones. The last shot in this set is of one of the teeny weeny cars that we saw throughout Italy.

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We saw a lot of nuns walking around and this one kind of posed for me. She looks kind of mad but that is just how the shot came out. She was actually smiling & encouraging me to take her photo. Next is Michelangelo’s David that we saw at the Academia. We were told not to take photos when we entered and there were signs posted all over but everyone was snapping away. So, only this once, I warned Todd that I was going to go for it. He told me to walk away because he wanted to act like he didn’t know me. I did and got the shot! I later learned that it is part of Italian culture to break the rules. So I guess that is why most of the museums have rules against photography but pretty much everyone ignores them. Next are some street shots from an outdoor market that we shopped along and much-needed refreshments. I had my last Bellini and Todd enjoyed a cold beer.

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Finally some really nice street art and the very dramatic sky over Florence.

More from Tuscany

photo of Tuscan country side, Chianti region

Yum, all of the bottles and barrels were beautiful to behold and it smelled really good down there too.

photo of Tuscan country side, Chianti region

The rooster is the sign for Chianti Classico. The government only gives out so many of the official pink Chianti Classico labels. If you have more wine than labels, it gets sold as something other than Chianti Classico. DOCG is another government guarantee of method & quality. We had no idea that there was so much regulation of Chianti Classico, not to be confused with regular Chianti.

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More beautiful countryside.

photo of Harvest in the Tuscan countryside

It is harvest now. We drove by these two guys who were harvesting by hand. It looked like too much work for just the two of them. Our guide told us that they usually call all of their friends and family and have a harvest party. It sounds like fun but is really hard work.

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Lunch at a castle on our way to the second estate.

photo of Renzo Marinai Estate

Just a few shots from the second estate, Renzo Marinai. Aw… so sad to pour out that delicious wine.

Duomo, Ufizzi, Arno River, Florence, Italy

And the last shots from Florence: the Duomo, the Ufizzi, and the Arno River with a 5 bridge view including the Ponte Vecchio in the front. Mom, that one would make a good watercolor, don’t you think?

Next is Roma!

Florence, day 1

FlorenceHere we are in Florence. Right off the bat, we noticed this cute public phone booth. Wonder if they get any use now that almost everyone seems to have a telefonino. Next is the Arno river and one of its many bridges. The second bridge is the Ponte Vecchio upon which the Medici family walked from the Pitti Palace to the Ufizzi. Last are some lovers locks that people lock to the bridge to profess their undying love.

FlorenceThe top two shots are of the outside of the Ufizzi, or the administrative offices of the House of Medici. Next are some slammin’ shoes that I just had to snap a shot of since I will never wear them. Next is a view from the Ponte Vecchio and last is one of the many little goldsmith shops that line the Ponte Vecchio. They used to house the butchers, bakers & candlestick makers until the Medici got rid of them & put in the goldsmiths instead. Supposedly it was because of the stink caused by the former.

Pitti Palace, FlorenceThis is the outside of the Pitti Palace, first the front and next the gardens and last the view from the gardens.

FlorenceThe huge sculpture above is in the gardens at the Pitti Palace but only dates to circa 1980 even though it was made to look ancient. That is probably the newest piece of art we have seen during our entire stay. The next 2 images are of a lovely little bottega.

more from Venice…

veniceMore of the beauty of Venice… bridges & architecture. The gondolier talking on his cell phone made for a fun contrast of eras.

veniceAnd of course another cute dog who ended up walking right into a trattoria.

veniceThe top 3 are of our hotel. The accordion player serenaded us at lunch. The last shot shows a lovely dinner on the water at a restaurant way off the beaten path (I posted the food shots earlier). This pretty much ends our stay in Venice.

Next is Florence where we have been for a few days but the wifi has been problematic. We assumed that it would be better than in Venice but that has not been the case. So pray to the technology gods so that I can continue posting!