(the end of the italian trip)
21.07.2009 - 28.07.2009
So after Greece Shelby and I made a pit and pizza stop in naples. We were there literally for 4 hours just to try the famous pizza at Pizzeria da Michele opened since 1870. There were basically two choices margarita or one with oregano and garlic. If you have read "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert this is the place she describes. The pizza was good, Shelby really loved it. In my opinion though the dough was really thin in the middle which made it soggy from the cheese and oils. I had ordered the margareta with double cheese a large one and finished every last bite so cant say it was too horrible. ps a little random fact the pizza was first created in the late 1800s by a local baker in honor of the Italian Queen visiting naples, Queen Margherita. The baker did the pizza to represent the colors of the italian flag, the tomato, basil, and cheese. Pretty cool. My phone has been inoberable for the past 2 weeks so i also stopped and picked up a blue tooth in naples which i believe happened for a reason which will be explained later. (my phone only works with a blue tooth or else the person cant hear me)
Enter 3 more friends the next day in rome. Shelby and I after eating the pizza went straight to rome and decided not to get a place for the night cause would be a waste of money since we had to leave early to meet up with our friends at the hotel where we had reservation. So we hung out at McDonalds near the train station and then slept outside the train station till 4 then when it reopened slept inside the train station till 8. OUr friends were supposed to arrive at 830. they had the flight from hell. The got tickets booked through orbitz(which i highly discourage anyone else to get) and they were supposed to fly together but their flights had gotten canceled and no one helped them at orbitz to rebook it. SO basically one freind flew by herself, Kellie, had no information on the hotel we were staying at and had a phone that didnt work. So she was supposed to arrive an hour before the other friends got in who also had a phone that didnt work in italy. So if I had not purchased the blue tooth basically Kellie sayed she probably would have booked a ticket home. They some how missed each other early one and were communicating through me. 7 hours later they found each other at the airport and meet us at the hotel.
First day in Rome we saw the Colliseum, which was amazing. Then we saw the Trevi Fountain.
You are supposed to throw your coins in there which will give you a return trip to Rome. Some guy next to us had a magnet and was pulling people returns trips out of the trevi fountain which i thought was kindof funny. Just hope he didnt take my coin. We then saw the Spanish steps, and then called it an early night and went home. We spent the next two days in Rome. The girls saw the Vatican City, which I opted out cause I have been before. We made out way to florence on the 24th.
We spent four nights in Florence. The first night we just layed low and the girls went to Pisa. The next day we went to cinque terre and meet our friend from couch srufing there and walked from Monterosso to Vernazza which took about an hour and half, but was a beautiful view.
The next day we went to the Uffizi Gallery and then had apperitivos and meet my friends I meet previously in Florence, Riccardo. He brought his good friend Fabrizio and his two friend from Holland. They are the nicest guys ever and helped organzie a wine tasting trip to take us on the next day. So we went to tast wine and then went to the tuscan village of San Giovana(i think thats right) and walked around and did some mroe wine tasting. The guys work at a restaurant and planned a meal where we pay 25 euros and have a 5 course meal and all you can drink at their hotel with them and the girls from holland. So how could we resist. We went to the piazzale michalangelo (for my fourth time) checked out the amzing view then went to the dinner. The five course meal was amazing, we were ful just from teh first plate but the food and drinks kepts comming. It was a beautiful experience and would have been more amazing if I had not drank too much but such is life.
Venice was a short but sweet trip. We were literally there for about 7 hours and definetly made the most of it. Everything we heard about it was false, expensive, dirty, smelly, not beautiful. I loved Venice. We were hanging out having a drink on the side of a bridge... when a group of guys in a taxi boat went by and we shouted hello and they ended up comming back and offering a free trip in the boat. Matea was one of the guys and was a happy go lucky everybody knows him kindof guy. We went in the boat for a little bit, then walked around the city with him and his other friend Matea and had a drink... and then went back in the boat and watch the reverse sunrise and then proceded to become a party boat..
.they def. made the trip worth while!
i am sad to leave italy, for some reason i have this obsession with it and it is by far one of my favorite places. i will be back most likely next september to live for a few months as long as that guy didnt take my coin out of the trevi fountain