On our last full day in Italy, we visited The Islands – Murano, Burano and Torcello. We started off the morning in Murano, where they’re famous for glass blowing. It was SO cool to watch them work, even though this guy was just doing demos for visitors. he made that glass horse in under three minutes. Then, to show us how hot the glass still was, he held a piece of paper up to the horses back. Here is the video from that part of the demo.
Then we headed to Torcello for a delicious lunch at Villa 600. I would absolutely eat there again and recommend the restaurant to anyone who plans on visiting the area. It was on the pricier side, but the food was absolutely amazing and well worth it. That wrapped up our visit to that island. By the way, did you know the population of Torcello is only six? Yes, SIX people. At least I hope that’s true. That’s what our tour guide told us.
Then we headed to Burano for a quick tour and some shopping. All their buildings are painted bright colors, which was so cool to see and experience. Our tour guide told us that everything is painted bright colors so that the residents of the islands could identify which one was theirs through the fog that rolls in.
Rome: Day One // Day Two // Day Three // Day Four
Venice // The Islands
Although we had a better hotel, and internet, while we were in Venice I never ended up posting anything while we were there because keeping up with editing pics, then taking the time to write posts was getting exhausting! I also took way fewer photos because I was wearing E way more often than I was in Rome. Remember, my boss was like 20 weeks pregnant, so walking that much plus wearing a 20lb E was really starting to wear on her body.*
The view from my hotel room! Absolutely gorgeous. My boss’ room was two doors down on the corner over looking the bridge and canal. It was so weird being dropped off at the hotel after taking a water taxi from the mainland. There are NO cars! I’m not sure what I expected in that regard but everything including trash gets picked up on boats.
The Bridge of Sighs. It actually connects the prison (on the right) to the courts (on the left), which is why it’s completely covered. It’s not in use anymore but the story is that people could hear the prisoners sighing as they we’re ushered back to their prison cells, as it’s would be their last look at freedom.
St. Marks Square. Our hotel was just a short walk away from the square, so we spent a lot of time there over the first couple days we were in Venice. There are so. many. pigeons in the square. Like people with bird phobias might freak out. I normally don’t mind but I totally got grossed out a couple times. You’re literally within inches of stepping on them.
Venice is surround by many, many other islands. We never made it over to this specific one so I have no clue what that building is. I just thought it was pretty :)
Rome: Day One // Day Two // Day Three // Day Four
* it’s perfectly safe to baby wear while you’re pregnant as long as it’s okay with your doctor and you’re not a high risk pregnancy. Once it becomes uncomfortable or hurts, listen to your body and stop!
Venice: The Islands
We leave for Venice tomorrow! Today we went to the Papal Audience and saw the Pope up close as he went around in his Pope Mobile! It was crazy and super crowded. We showed up last minute and were right against the railing. We decided that since we got to the the Roman Forum too late the day we went to the Colosseum, we would go back this morning before meeting the group back at the hotel. Then, we went on a bus/walking tour of St. Mary’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and Piazza Novana.
I didn’t take very many pictures today because we’d already been to most of the places on our own and the Trevi Fountain was undergoing MAJOR clean up + restoration and is covered in scaffolding and the fountain is drained. I hope I get to return one day to see it in action, because that thing is freaking massive. It was dark by the time we got to Piazza Novana, but I’d love to see it during the day at some point.
Rome: Day One // Day Two // Day Three
Today was an all day trip to Assisi, which was about a three hour bus ride each way! We considered taking the train and meeting the group, but decided that three hours was nothing comparing to the 5 hour + 8 hour flights it took to get here! E handled it like a champ! The town and view down the mountain was absolutely beautiful and definitely some place I’d like to return to and explore more of.
I ended up getting a rosary at the Basilica for my Oma and some olive oil to take home. The olive oil here is freaking amazing. Italians only use olive oil and vinegar on their salads, which is something I’d turn down at home, but it’s really good! We just got back from dinner and the Italians do gluten free pasta incredibly well. Can you believe I’ve managed to stay g-free even though I’m in the pasta mecca of the world?
Rome: Day One // Day Two
Today we slept in, hooray! Then headed to the Botanical Gardens, the Colosseum, and the Spanish Steps. The Colosseum was freaking amazing to see. We got the audio tour again, which I think I would always recommend, especially here. Take headphones so you don’t have to hold the little thing to your ear for the entire tour. I didn’t take any pictures of the Spanish Steps because there were so. many. people. sitting on them. Then we went to a Tea House right next to the Spanish Steps and I ate some super yummy food. I’m not sure what it’s called but think stroganoff sauce, over a hamburger, over toasted rice pilaf. Freaking delicious and I’m definitely going to try to recreate it when I get home.
Colosseum Facts: The gladiators lived and trained together. The senators had assigned seats and the women and ordinary folk sat waaay in the nose bleeds. Both are viewable in the picture. See the stairs built into the wall at the veery top? Yeah, that’s where the women sat. The floor where events took place was made of wood. You can see at the bottom of the picture where they reconstructed part of it to give visitors a feel of what it would look like.
I took so many more pictures, but Lightroom is being super sketchy and won’t import my pictures so I can put my watermark on them. I’m working on it and will edit everything and add them to the appropriate posts when I get a chance. I’ll be updating my Facebook page when that happens. Anyone have a different, preferably free program that they use to add (.png) watermarks to their photos?
Rome: Day One // Day Three