Buona sera di Roma,
Hello from beautiful Italy, this time from a new home, Hotel Diana, in Rome. In a city so rich with history, creation, innovation, legend, and lore, we’re finding it hard to keep track of where we have already visited because each passing day brings more and more new sights and wonders to behold! It’s been a few days since we’ve recapped our adventure so let’s start off at the beginning of our Italian Job (Mini Coopers not included)!
Leaving Zermatt, we departed Switzerland and its beautiful Alps, and upon entering Italy, the border nestled between two mountains, it was clear to see the difference between the two countries. On one side, laid Switzerland–German speaking, nice folks, shepherding goats down city roads; on the other was Italy–laden with vineyards, olive trees, pasta, and pizza.
We headed South, straight to Venice, where we immediately set our routine for the next few days, in which we would catch a water taxi to the city and proceed to walk the pedestrian-friendly roads. Having visited Piazza San Marco a few times, more and more of our trip members became friends of the pigeons, famous for perching themselves on top of passers by. While at the Piazza, our trip members split into groups and initiated an old-world bartering competition, in which each group started with a pen and proceeded to trade their items for others increasing in value. Among the final items received were: a Venetian-panorama painting, gondolier hats, and even perfume. Following Piazza San Marco, we ventured through the city to Ponte Rialto, home of the jewellers-of-old; the Murano Glass factory for a master class in glass blowing; and a nice relaxing canal ride by singing and laughing gondoliers… fortunately, though, none of us even touched the water… “The gondola ride is a favorite moment from the trip for me, it was nice and cool and a new way to see the city,” said Jamie.
Afterward, we traveled to the Amalfi Coast, to the beach destination of Rimini for some fun in the sun and a surprise of Color War! Our two-day competition pitted four teams against each other, culminating in a tie-breaking skit of staff mimicry and mockery, giving way to our winning team, the Black Team, captained by Ali and Robbie! To some like Ethan, though, “the pizza really stood out as awesome.”
And then from Rimini, we made our way to the glorious city of Rome, once the glorious city state founded by the twins of legend, Remus and Romulus. While in Roma (read: Rome), we have visited the Vatican City, Campo di Fiori, Piazza Navono, the beautiful Trastavere, and Piazza Del Popolo, which was “so diverse,” according to Eli; for some independent exploration and sight seeing. On top of the exploration, we also toured the legendary Colosseum–colossal and impressive in size and stature; the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps.
As we prepare to leave the city cleaved by the Tiber River, we say prepareto say hello to Pisa, Sorrento, et. al.!
-The Westcoast Blogger