Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Trip to Italy

A few weeks ago my hubby and I spent two weeks in Italy. Needless to say, a great time. We decided to make our base in Florence (Firenze). A bit unconventional, I'll admit, but we enjoy really exploring an area and it was so much easier to make travel arrangements via Travelocity.

We stayed at the Hotel Monna Lisa which provided a decent room, a fabulous courtyard that sprung out for Spring, and served a buffet breakfast (included). Everyone spoke excellent English and taxis arrived 5 minutes after being summoned. I particularly enjoyed getting a pot of coffee and a pot of steamed milk every morning and making my own lattes.


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Entrace from a tiny narrow street called Borgo Pinti


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Painted ceiling at the entrace of Hotel Monna Lisa


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Breakfast Room


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Our room



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Courtyard in bloom


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Building bordering courtyard (enhanced)


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Courtyard and view from our room window


We walked a great deal; climbed numerous stairs; took day trips to Pisa, Siena, and Cinque Terre; ate pizza, pasta, and grilled meats (among other things); and discovered new adult beverages such as Amari and Caffe Corretto.

Over the new few posts, I'll break out the trip by location.

Ciao!

2 comments:

Kristal Dawn Evens said...

Wow! I can't wait to hear more about your trip. I live in Richmond.. And my husband and I just booked tickets to go to England (where he's from) and Italy in October!

Beth said...

Looking forward to more on your trip! I visited Italy as a child, and hope to do so as an adult. In the meantime, I can live vicariously through your blog!