Monday, January 10, 2011

La Dolce Vita

Answer: Traveling.
Question: What is something tantamount to my personal happiness, Alex?

With a new year comes new travel plans...

I am going to Italy on June 20th with one of my best friends. I have been thinking about our trip every day since I put down the deposit about nine months ago (nothing like slapping down some cash to make a commitment!).

First we are flying into Milan to head to Venice, which the world knows for St. Mark's Square (the one full of pigeons). We'll see the domed basilica, the pretty pink color of the Doges' Palace, the campanile (bell tower) and famous Rialto Bridge. Then it's off to Florence, stopping in Verona along the way to see Romeo and Juliet's balcony (um, you bet we'll be quoting sonnets!). In Florence we'll see the Duomo, the Gates of Paradise, and Ponte Vecchio. We'll visit Dante's house and Giotto's Bell Tower. In the Uffizzi Gallery we'll see some of the greatest Italian masterpieces, including the Birth of Venus by Boticelli. And of course we will see Michelangelo's David at the Accademia. After Florence, it's off to Rome and the Vatican Museums. We'll throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, eat gelato on the Spanish Steps, and stare up at the Sistine Chapel with our mouths ajar. I'll probably cry (okay, definitely will cry) seeing Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's, which I believe is the single most beautiful work of art in the world (and I'm me.). After Rome, we'll be heading to Sorrento, Pompeii, and Capri as well.

Oh yeah, and we're doing it all in ten days!

Now to figure out how to include a Vespa into our adventures...

1 comment:

Julie Hibbard said...

Oh we need to get together! Italy is magnificent! BEYOND magnificent...LIFE CHANGING! Have you SEEN Roman Holiday? Be sure to watch it before you go to Rome and then again when you return. It was REALLY filmed in Rome...which was unheard of in the day.
I am SO happy for you! Travel is tantamount to my own personal happiness, too. I actually tell people that travel is my soul mate.
So excited!!!