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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Italy

In May, we took the most amazing trip to Italy and left the kids home with my mom and dad! We left SLC on Wednesday, and flew overnight out of New York that night. It was the first time I had ever been able to see New York, even though it was from a distance. We'll definitely go back sometime.



We arrived in Venice on Thursday morning. Venice was even more amazing than I thought it would be. We stayed in a little hotel called Hotel Hesperia, and took a walking tour that evening to get an overview of the city.
Venice is gorgeous 



Bridge of Sighs


The next day we took a water taxi to Murano, took a tour of a glass blowing company, and then toured St Mark's square, some of the churches close by and took a gondola ride.

Murano

Outside of the Seguso Factory



Murano Chandeliers



San Giorgio Maggiore


Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute
On the gondola

The next day we took a train to Rome, Stayed at the Hotel Dharma and visited Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

On Sunday we visited the Colosseum and Roman Forum, took an elevator to the top of Altare della Patria, visited the Jewish Ghetto and the Jewish Synagogue museum, and did an audio tour of Trastevere





Arco di Constantino

Roman Forum




Overlooking the Roman Forum and Colosseum


Santa Cecilia

What you imagine Rome to look like

Monday was a tour of the Vatican. The entire tour was absolutely breathtaking. Afterwards we climed the Castel Sant'Angelo, walked along the River Tiber to the Piazza del Popolo, walked through the Borghese Gardens and went to the Spanish Steps

Vatican Museums




St Peter's Basilica



Swiss Guard

St Peter's Square


St Peter's Basilica from Castel Sant'Angelo


Overlooking Vatican City

Catel Sant'Angelo
Piazza del Popolo

St Peter's Basilica from the Borghese Gardens. Piazza del Popolo in the foreground

Our last full day of the trip was spent visiting places we were unable to visit on the other days in Rome. It started with a visit to the Pantheon, lots of churches, The Capital Museums, a horse drawn carriage ride from the Pantheon to the Colosseum, and eating at our favorite restaurant, Ai Tres Scalini. We got our backpack (with passports) stolen, but thanks to the quick thinking of Lauren, we were able to retrieve it quickly.

Pantheon




Piazza Navona


Capital Museums

Chiesa dei Santi Luca e Martina

Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore

Shortly before our backpack disappeared

The next day we left early for the Airport, and back to reality. We had an awesome trip! Hopefully we get to go back again.

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