Italy 2005

Marlice Tom and his wife traveled to Italy in July of 2005 for a two week tour with Tauck World Discovery. It was a fantastic tour with a small group of about 30 fun people and a great tour director named Marlice (photo on the right). The trip started out very bad when they arrived in Rome with no luggage. However, they lucked out and the bags showed up the next day, just in time to start the tour. They first traveled south to visit the town of Sorrento and take a drive along the Amalfi coast. They stopped to walk through the ruins of Pompeii before returning to Rome. In Rome, they saw the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Colosseum and the old Roman Forum. They went to the Vatican to see the famous Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica and Square. Leaving Rome, they traveled through Umbria and Tuscany, visiting the towns of Orvieto, Assisi, San Gimignano, and Pisa. They took a train up the coast to visit the fishing villages of Cinque Terre and returned on a scenic boat ride along the coast. The next stop was Florence. Here, they got to see the Duomo and Baptistry, Piazza Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Church, and "David" at the Accademia Gallery. They also visited the Uffizi Gallery and the Borghese Gallery. From Florence, they took a high-speed train to Venice. Here, they toured St. Mark's Basilica and the Doges' Palace. They rode the boat taxis up and down the Grand Canal. They walked over the Rialto Bridge and visited the Jewish Ghetto. And best of all, they enjoyed a romantic gondola ride through the narrow "streets" of Venice.

The Amalfi coast

Stayed at Excelsior Victoria in Sorrento

Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius

The Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica and Square

The Spanish Steps, Rome

Trevi Fountain, Rome

The Pantheon, Rome

The Colosseum, Rome

Arch of Constatine and Colosseum, Rome

Duomo in Orvieto, Umbria

St. Francis Basilica in Assisi

Rolling hills of Tuscany

San Gimignano, Tuscany (town of many medieval towers)

Pisa (It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it!)

View from room in Viareggio

Fishing villages of Cinque Terre

Welcome to Florence

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence

"Dirty David" (the outside replica)

Santa Croce, a 14th century Franciscan church in Florence

Bronze doors of the Baptistry, Florence

Duomo lit up at night, Florence

Florence sunset

St. Mark's Square and Basilica in Venice

Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute

Romantic gondola ride

Ponte di Rialto (built in 1588)

The Grand Canal

Laundry day

Enjoying a glass of wine before saying good-bye!

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