So... the first leg of our Italian Vacation was actually a short stop in Venice.
After Our international flight to Germany, a short morning flight to Venice, and navigating the bus system to our hotel, we actually weren't settled in until late afternoon.
Leaving us with one full day in this beautiful place.
We bought bus passes first thing and were able to travel via land or water with the passes.
WE LOVED the water buses in Venice (although this was our absolute coldest day in Italy).
It made navigating the city so much easier.
These buildings were along the boat ride to the Island of Murano... which is famous for glass blowing.
Again... we experienced ZERO crowds here and even got our own private glass blowing exercise for a total of 4 euro.
We knew we MUST see the Piazza San Marco and the Basilica so started the day (after Murano) looking for the basilica.
Little did we know, we took photos of the side of the basilica early that morning.
After these we proceeded to "get lost" in Venice for the next hour or so (which in Venice is totally easy to do)
Finally found it.....again
Piazza San Marco
The rest of the day was spent exploring, eating gelato, and Lawrence drank his first (and most likely last) espresso.
This was my absolute favorite spot in all of Venice.
We explored some back alleys where little to no people could be found.....
Venice CHARGES for bathrooms. And they are not the easiest places to find.
We spent over 10 euro alone that day in paying for public toilets
And our last portion of the trip was Rome.
We had the most time in Rome which was perfect because:
#1. We were at this point Exhausted
#2. Rome is HUGE! and spread out. We took all 3 days to the fullest to see all of the sites possible and STILL didn't get to everything.
Rome was also extremely most busy and crowded than the other cities and we had to take the always crowded metro to get around the city. So I really only took my "fancy" camera along for the first afternoon in Rome....to see the Colosseum.
No kidding: this is the view you get upon stepping off of the Metro
The Arch of Constantine
We actually decided to pay for a tour of the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum....
which became a giant bummer as we got our tour of the Colosseum, but didn't get to do the Roman Forum because of time constraints.
It was especially cool to come to Rome with Lawrence, who LOVES Roman history.
I learned a ton just listening to my own personal historian.
And thats that.
I'd go back tomorrow if I could.
We had the best trip, took 1 million photos, and genuinely just enjoyed exploring together.