Europe, North America · 29 Days · 19 Moments · September 2017

Vivian's adventure in Italy

2 October 2017

Today we got the 9.30 shuttle into town & had a day in Rome. We stopped for a coffee, Then walked to the palazzo Venezia, Spanish steps, a couple of basilicas & back to the Trevi fountain. Had lunch at that's Amore. Walked some more, before stopping for a quick wine, While waiting for our 4.00 pm shuttle. After we got back to the hotel, we went downstairs for a swim. Came back to our room, packed & just had prosciutto & wine for dinner. Early night before leaving early in the morning for Chicago! Holiday has come to an end!!

1 October 2017

Today we had a light breakfast at the hotel, before starting our trip to Rome. After a three hour drive, we arrived at our hotel Rome Cavalieri, a very fancy & expensive hotel. Our room wasn't ready, so we sat & had our complimentary drinks while we waited. Finally got into our room, changed & got the shuttle into town. We walked to the Trevi fountain Before having dinner, at Trevi grill, where we met two Canadian women. We all then went back to the Trevi fountain with a cocktail in hand, where we were told off by the police. From here we went to a rooftop bar & had a drink.

30 September 2017

Today we had a small breakfast in the hotel, then got the ferry to Positano. Had a stroll around & looked at the shops, then came back to Amalfi on the 12.30 ferry. Once again walked around & did some shopping. Had lunch in the square near the church. I had lasagne & David had pizza, very nice. More walking around, before getting a taxi back to the hotel. We changed & had a swim in the sea & then the pool Relaxed overlooking the beach, then came back, showered & had a rest before going out to dinner. We just walked up the road to a small local restaurant, where we shared a who,e fish & Veal in white wine, salad & of course we had some wine. Back to the hotel for a night cap, Then back to the room, watched a little tv before going to bed.

29 September 2017

We had a small breakfast in Fiuggi, went for a walk around the town, then started our drive to Amalfi Coast. It took us about 2 hours driving, however, the last part of the trip was around the Mountain, very winding & narrow roads, a bit scary! Finally got to our hotel at Marmorata. As our room wasn't ready, we had lunch there overlooking the water, beautiful spot. I had a tuna club sandwich & David had a chicken one, with some wine. Checked into our room & David had a swim in the sea. After that we walked to Minori, a A very small town, did some people watching whilst having a couple of beers. We then walked back home, rested & refreshed, then went out for dinner at the hotel restaurant. David & I shared a tuna tartare, amazing, it was made table side, then I had ricotta ravioli & David had lamb.

28 September 2017

Once again a quiet morning, the. David had a haircut, & we went for coffee with Marko. Home for an early lunch. Jerko prepared chicken soup, meat, & potatoes. After lunch, it was off to the airport. Waited in the lounge for around 3 hours. Short flight to Rome, where we picked up a rental car, after some confusion. On our way, then we hit very bad traffic due a couple of accidents. It took us almost 3 hours to get to our hotel in Fiuggi. Dropped our bags & went Looking for something to eat, finally found a small restaurant opened, I had tagliatelle fungi & David had lasagne & we had a few wines. In bed around midnight.

15 September 2017

We all had breakfast at the hotel this morning, before getting our water taxi to the main square, Where we met our driver Peter, who then drove us to Porec

14 September 2017

Today we had a light breakfast in the hotel, then got the boat to Piazza ST Marco, Where we walked around, it was very crowded, so we didn't go into the basilica, Or anything else. We walked back to our hotel, & had a slice of pizza on the run. Around 4.00 Kaz & Brockie met us in our suite for champagne & nibbles, Great catching up, & very relaxing looking out onto the canal. We then decided to walk across to the Grand Canal, where we found a nice restaurant by he water to have dinner. David & I both had veal scallopini, mine in white wine & his diavollo. Kaz had mussels, then right near the end she splattered her white top with sauce! After dinner we walked around some more, then back to the hotel to get some sleep.

13 September 2017

Today we drove to Venice & got upgraded to the presidential suite at the Boscola Hotel. We walked around Venice, then stopped for dinner.
Today we drove from Lake Como to Venice, got stuck in some traffic, but finally made it there around 2.00. Staying at Boscolo Hotel & got upgraded to the presidential suite! Did lots of walking around Venice up ' down bridges, across lots if canals. Came home for a rest, then went for dinner at

12 September 2017

Today we drove to Bellagio with Annie & Nimi, mother & daughter from London, we met at dinner. We stopped at Nesso on the way for a coffee, then continued on Around the mountain on the narrow coast road, beautiful scenery. Here we walked around, then we stopped for lunch at Terrazza Metrople, Where I had tagliatelle with mushrooms & truffle, really good. We got back around 3.00, after David's call, we went for a walk to Bennett, A local shopping centre & had a look around, back to the room, more calls for David, Catch up on things for me. Dinner at the restaurant by the pool, we shared a pizza again, Then I had NZ lamb cutlets, which were yummy & David had eggplant parmigiana. Annie joined us later on, as she was on her own.

11 September 2017

Had a little sleep in spoke to mum, then went out in time to catch the 10.30 ferry to Como. The first thing we did, is go on the Funicolare To Brunate. This a very steep cable car ride to the top, Where we saw some magnificent views, quick walk around, then the cable car back down again. From here we walked around, then visited the Duomo Cathedral, with more amazing architecture! We had an early lunch at Cafe Monti, here I had a couple of prosecco with salmon carpaccio, much thicker slices than usual, David had chicken schnitzel & beer. We then walked around Como, & did the Passeggiata Lino Gelpi, along the waterfront, Past the monumento ai Caduti to the Villa Olmo, which was a palace, but is now government offices. Stopped for a drink, before getting the 4.15 ferry back to the Sheraton. Had a rest, & showered for dinner. We ate at the poolside restaurant at the Sheraton, We shared a fungi & prosciutto pizza, Greek salad & one large ravioli & some wine.

10 September 2017

Woke up to a rainy morning, had breakfast at the hotel, then started our trip to Lake Como. Interesting ride!! David accidentally went in the tele pass lane, so we didn't get a ticket! he thinks let's get off sooner, so we take the Genoa exit, try & explain situation, but no actual person, Machine lights up & we had to pay $78.30EURO!!! Expensive mistake!! Another small wrong turn & David is trying to make a U-turn at the end of the freeway 😬😬 We finally arrived safely at the Sheraton Hotel. Did some washing & re organised my suitcase. We then went & had a drink & shared a cold meat & cheese platter. Even though it was showering we still went for a walk. Came back, washed my hair & then we went to dinner in the restaurant downstairs. Both had minestrone, then David had a small tagliatelle dish, while I had a prawn appetiser, As I wasn't very hungry as we had a snack at 4.30.

9 September 2017

Today we started with a train ride to Rapallo, after a walk around, we took the ferry to Portofino where it was so busy, we literary walked up the street went to the bathroom, then we started our 6km walk back to Santa Margherita. Finally we stopped for lunch at Cartasi restaurant, where we shared anchovies with tomato & I had pesto lasagne, while David had scallopini. Walked more & finally made it back to our hotel Around 4.00 just in time before the rain started. Quiet afternoon then we had dinner downstairs at the hotel, here I had beef carpaccio, really good.

8 September 2017

Not feeling the best, too much wine!! We headed off at 10.30 for Santa Margherita, arrived around 1.00, went to lunch downstairs restaurant overlooking the water, beautiful, I had steak & salad. Around 3.00 Nathan & Natalie arrived, & we all went for a swim at the beach downstairs, after a quick change, we went for a long walk in & around Santa Margherita. We then all showered & went to the bar downstairs for a pre dinner drink, from here walked to town & had dinner at Le Michele restaurant. Tried Nathan's gnocchi & David's fried anchovies, before having spaghetti pescatore.

7 September 2017

After breakfast, we walked to Ponte Vecchio, our first stop on our walking tour. We then proceeded to Piazza Della Signoria, here we saw lots of quite prerogative statues!! We then went to the church of Santa Croce, another amazing church, with many alters & lots of unbelievable paintings & lovely grounds. We then walked past another amazing cathedral, As it was very similar to the Duomo cathedral in Siena & the lines were very long, we didn't go in. We stopped for lunch at L Capaccino where we shared a rare tuna salad & prosciutto & a glass of wine. More walking, first to the Pitti Palace then to see the Michelangelo statue, but once again the queues were so long, we decided not to worry. back to the Piazza Della Signoria, where we stopped for a rest at Il David restaurant, shared some mushroom bruschetta & had a few wines. Walked to the roof top bar at the Continental Hotel, for the view & drink. Back to our hotel, rest, dinner downstairs. I had spaghetti with crab.

6 September 2017

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, we left lovely Siena & headed for San Gimignano. However, when arrived the traffic & amount of people was unbelievable, we tried to find parking, But unfortunately it was non existent, so we decided to continue on to Firenze. We arrived at our Michelangelo Star Hotel around 1.00, dropped off our bags & went walking. We stopped for lunch, where I had gnocchi, nice but not as light as ours, quite a large serving & very filling. David had a local soup, which was more like a vegetable stew, but tasty anyway, we shared a salad. Lots more walking, then back to the hotel for a rest. As we were both still full from lunch, we had no dinner.

5 September 2017

After breakfast at the hotel, we walked to the heart of Sienna, called the Piazza Del Campo. Here we did lots more walking & exploring, We visited the 13th century Duomo gothic cathedral, which was amazing, then the Museo, crypt & walked up lots of stairs to the Porta Del Cielo, Where got a really good view of the city. We then stopped & got a well deserved beer & pizza at a local ristorante in the Piazza. Once rested, we then walked back to our hotel, had a shower & a nap. This evening we got the bus back into town, & just wandered around, then stopped & had some wine & I had beef carpaccio, whilst David had eggplant parmigiana. Again we walked back to our hotel in the dark!!

4 September 2017

Today we landed in Rome, hired a car & drove to Siena. Where we are staying at Palazzo Di Valli. Went for a short walk to a local deli & bought ham & cheese rolls & ate them overlooking The chianti hills at our hotel. We then had a rest & ended up having a longer than expected sleep. We showered, changed & walked across the road to Trattoria Fori Porta. I had figs with goats cheese & pine nuts wrapped in bacon, delicious , except for the bacon, not cooked enough, followed by ricotta & spinach ravioli, which were great. David had onion stuffed with meat & pici pasta bolognaise, & we shared a salad & 2 bottles of wine, very good.