We love Italy!  This wasn't our first trip here and we know it won't be our last.  Our very good friends were getting married, which made it a great excuse for another roadtrip.  We drove from Northwestern Italy to Rome and while we'd heard that driving and parking a car can be quite the hassle in Italia, we absolutely loved having the flexibility that a car provides.  Wherever we were, we tried to follow the saying, "Mangia bene, ridi spesso, ama molto."  Eat well, laugh often, love much.  We did all of that.  




Favorites in Bold


  • Snapping photos at the Leaning Tower


  • A beautiful Wedding
  • Hiking to San Rocco Church
  • Swimming in the Mediterranean
  • Water polo & lunch at Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi
  • Eating focaccia (their local specialty)


  • Strolling through the tiny streets
  • Walking along its Renaissance Wall
  • The Piazza Amphitheater
  • San Michele in Foro (just one beautiful basilica church... this is the City of One Hundred Churches)


  • Hiking local Etruscan roadways ("via cava")
  • Annual Wine Festival
  • Saturnia Hot Springs
  • Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue
  • Drive around Monte Argentario
  • See our full blog post from Pitigliano


  • Wandering the cobblestone streets
  • Vaporetto rides on the Grand Canal
  • Gelato stops everywhere
  • Day trip to Murano (we didn’t have time to visit Burano)
  • Piazza San Marco
  • Saint Mark’s Basilica
  • Torre dell’Orologio
  • Doge’s Palace
  • Explore Rialto Market


  • Collosseum
  • St. Peter's Basilica
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Roman Forum
  • Pantheon
  • Capuchin Crypt Museum
  • Rick Steves' Walking Tours (amazing!)
  • Jewish Ghetto & Synagogue
  • Stroll around Vatican City
  • See our full blog post from Rome


  • Sunset Hike & Wine at Piazzale Michelangelo
  • Day trips to Tuscany (Montepulciano & San Gimignano)
  • Meandering along the Ponte Vecchio
  • Climb Giotto’s Bell Tower
  • The Duomo
  • Check out David at the Galleria dell’Accademia
  • Uffizi Gallery
  • Museo Galileo
  • Tour the Palazzo Pitti
  • Tour the Palazzo Medici Riccardi
  • Officina Profumo-Faramceutica di Santa Maria Novella
  • Check out Piazza della Signoria (wonderful musicians)