Rome, Venice, Milan
05.01.2010 - 10.01.2010
We went to Italy with one clear goal in mind: to eat as much gelato as possible in the six days we would be there. Even though we didn’t always meet the daily recommended intake of 2-3 servings of gelato one should consume during each day of traveling in Italy, we were sure to always supplement the gelato with other Italian staples such as homemade tiramisu, cappuccino, fresh pasta, and plenty of pizzas. Other than eat, as we traveled through Rome, Venice, and Milan we also managed to have a taste of some of the beauty and art and history and culture that Italy has to offer.
We began our Italian adventure in Rome, where we (along with every other tourist who has ever visited Rome) saw the Vatican, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and this fountain and that fountain and this piazza and that piazza. Even though Rome is clearly a touristy place, we found that the sites themselves truly do hold up to their fame because of their profound historical significance and overall beauty and charm.
From Rome we traveled north to Venice, a one-of-a-kind place that we found quite pleasant. With its water taxi public transportation system, we felt a little like we were in Disney World, except that Venice really is a city that just happens to be built in a lagoon filled with islands and canals. Highlights of Venice for us were St. Mark’s byzantine cathedral and a little restaurant which was just around the corner and across a few canals from our hotel. In fact, the calzone we had there the first time we visited was so good, we went back the following night and ordered the exact same meal.
Our arrival in Milan marked the final city we would travel to on our multi-week journey through Spain and Italy. We got off to a rough start in Milan as we spent over an hour walking around a two block area in the pouring rain in search of our hostel. We finally found the hostel, marked with a sign printed out on a piece of computer paper, and decided that we had probably walked past the entrance a dozen times. However, our time in Milan quickly improved as we found ourselves a few hours later sitting at an Inter Milan soccer game, Italy’s top club soccer team. Throughout the game we enjoyed trying to join in with the Italian fans who would yell and contest every call. In the end, we were treated to an Inter Milan comeback, culminated by the winning goal which was scored in the 90th or final minute of the game.