Practicing my Journo in the Uber
Ready for JFK
Flipping coin swag
Wishing the Broncos get a new QB? 🤔
Tour Guide Ryan
My goal is to try every flavor of gelato before we leave 😬
Dinner at Da Tonino
When you order a glass of house wine and they bring you a .5 L carafe 😳🤪
730am - land in Rome. No sleep on the plane. Today should be interesting.
815am - driving in Rome seems crazy. Not recommended.
We made it!
Ate at Squisito Cook next to the Colosseum.
View from the Airbnb
Took the Metro to the Spanish Steps
Walked from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain
Stopped in a church on the way to the Pantheon
Outside and inside the Pantheon
Walked to Piazza Navona and had drinks and prosciutto/mozzarella at 4 Fiumi
Dinner at Da Tonino (came highly recommended and did not disappoint) and then walked back to the Airbnb.
3+ hour tour of The Vatican with our guide Luigi (When In Rome Tours). He was amazing and knew everything about every aspect of the Vatican.
Tour went late so we got a quick bite at Pizzeria Amalfi near the Vatican. Wood fire oven pizza was delicious and we had too much of it.
The man, the myth, the legend
Our amazing tour guide Luigi jumped the barrier to spin the sphere within a sphere for maximum effect!
Inside St. Peter’s Basilica
Dinner at I Clementini near the Colosseum. The veal was really good; Jess was more excited for the gelato we (she) got afterwards from Flor Gelato.
3 flavors - tiramisu, grandmother’s cream, and pistachio 😍
Did our own walking tour of some local churches and put our hands in the Mouth of Truth (like Audrey Hepburn did in Roman Holiday).
Got a quick bite at Naumachia
Toured the Colosseum. Are you not entertained?
Toured the Forum and Palatine Hill
Thankful my name is Jessica
Ryan calls Collect
THIS IS SPARTA 💪🏻
Ryan among the Plebians
My selfie game is better than Ryan’s
Ryan wanted to go home 90 seconds before this...
And then wanted me to take another sweaty selfie 💁🏻♀️
Married 4 days..
Ryan needs a beer this big to put up with me 👀😳
Dinner at L’antica birreria peroni
Ryan ordered a veal steak with bruschetta prosciutto (not pictured) and I had buccatini amatriciana 👌🏻
Served with 100 cl beer and .5L red wine
Night walk to Trevi Fountain post-dinner
Mastery of the coin toss
Gelato > carbs
Apple pie, caramel, Oreo
Temple of Vesta
Temple of Romulus
Underneath Arch of Titus
Leaving Rome. Jess can’t believe she’s not in Penn Station.
We’re not on NJ Transit anymore
VIP access 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♂️
The train is here well in advance and no one is running 😱🙌🏼
All luggage fits in overhead except for our large bag 😒
Business class includes a table and a personal garbage
At the station, this screen also included other trains arriving/departing and what tracks they’re on for transfers...NJ Transit/Amtrak take note! 💪🏻
And snacks with a refreshing towel!! 😍 I will ride this train all day/am a battered NJ transit woman 😞
View from the porch of our apartment 😍
And the full Duomo from ground level ⛪️
After checking in at the apt we had lunch at Gustapizza
Quite the hot spot!
Caprese and calabrese pizzas
You sign and put your order ticket into the table like true tourists 😬
Closed today so we’ll be back
Reading about Florence’s version of Game of Thrones ⚜️
Fun fact: Henry = Enrico
Who’s who 👀
Playing with all of da Vinci’s creations
Think they could bring da Vinci back to redesign the urinal in the museum.
Typo in the English translation 🤦🏻♀️ maybe I can stay and find work here? 🤓
Ryan can stay too and do manual labor
Climbed to Piazzale Michelangelo to take in the view at sunset
Dinner at I Tarocchi where we ate entirely too much, and the night wouldn’t be complete without Gelato from Grom near the Duomo
Back home on the patio, Gelato in hand
Stumbled into I Tarocchi on our walk back from Piazzale Michelangelo
Large beer and wine to start 👀
My first bruschetta of the trip so now I’m a real American tourist
Fagottini di pere alla crema di taleggio aka pear ravioli that will change your life 😍😋
Walked by Italian dark-haired ed sheeran... the real guy is in America about to play at met life but I’m too busy exploring Italy
No day in Italy is complete without gelato, line out the door for Grom just outside the duomo
3 flavors: salted caramel, torroncino (nougat), and gianduia (Nutella) 😋
Over 17,000 steps today #treatyoself
Wine (and meat) tour!
Started off at Corzano e Paterno and tried 4 bottles of wine and someone’s first grape 👀
Our tour guide, Tom
Our new friends offered to take a pic
Lunch in Panzano at Dario Cecchini’s butcher shop
The 2nd winery was Montecalvi near Greve in Chianti.
The former owner, Jackie (who still runs it for the person she sold it to), gave us the tour and went over a lot about wine. Jess may want to be her best friend.
Made from vines planted in 1932.
Tom hit a rock wall on the tight uphill turn out of the winery and wasn’t thrilled about it. He was a great guide though!
Off to Tuscany for the day!
Started off the morning early with some coffee, biscotti, and light reading about wine country
Check out the size of those organic grapes! Ryan even ate one and that was before any wine! 😱
Ready to be harvested any day now
So beautiful and delicious 😬
Grapes after de-stemming
Mixing the grapes during fermentation
Room full of barrels
Old school barrels
Italians put their wines in French oak 👀🤔
Ryan admiring the cellar #doabarrelroll ✈️
Honey and cheese served with our wine tasting 😋
Stopped by the old neighborhood butcher for lunch
Luckily no vegetarians were on our tour
Meat on meat on meat 🐮🐮🐮 I’m not a big beef person but it was all so good!
Wine stop #2
My new bff Jackie 👯♀️ #squadgoals
She was so informative and hilarious 😂🍷
She inherited the winery from her father and sold it to some rich Australian who lets her keep running it #livingthedream
Grapes that started growing in 1932!
Pictures on the patio before going to dinner
After eating meat before, naturally I thought it was a good idea to get a pizza with ham, pepperoni, sausage, and hot dog.
Had to walk it off past the Ponte Vecchio
Pit stop in Greve for the last part of our tour before heading back to Florence
Ryan’s new friend
The tour wouldn’t be complete without an afternoon gelato - cheesecake, torta di riso (rice cake), and cremino.
I think I have to switch to baked goods or go back to the old reliable flavors.
Dinner at Da Pinocchio
After eating meat all day, Ryan loaded back up with more meats on his pizza
I had to have parpadelle with wild boar ragu🐗 (hopefully not Ryan’s new friend from Greve)
Window shopped an impressive but expensive metal shop
And got ourselves some fine leather swag 🤑👜 happy 1 week anniversary! #treatyoself
Went to the Uffizi Gallery and saw art by da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt (among others)
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Lunch at the Mercato Centrale after the Basilica di San Lorenzo
Breakfast of champions
Cafe americano and a cannoli (take away as they say 🤦🏻♀️)
Wedding clean up
So this is why Father Bob wouldn’t let us throw rice 🤔
Lunch in the market
Bruschetta drizzled with balsamic and burrata 😍😋
Dinner at Mangiafuoco
Florentine TBone 👌🏽
Checking up on the Colgate score and having a bottle of wine on the patio
Pretty fly for a white guy
Everyone takes the best photos with an iPad 🤦🏻♀️
A couple of nuts 🤪
Thought I’d break the glass and play everyone a tune
Learning about music
So many heads
Mangiafuoco Bracerie for dinner
Crostini to start
Bistecca “alla fiorentina” and pici cacio e Pepe - so good!
Wouldn’t be in Italy without gelato
Wanted to go back to Grom but it wouldn’t be fun looking at the same cup twice - cappuccino, nougatine, and marscapone with honey & walnuts
Post-wine tour, Ryan is a Chianti snob 👃🏼
One last shot on the patio before getting on the train to Venice
Leaving for Venice
Bit of a penn station vibe and our train is delayed 👀
Suitcase fits in the luggage rack 👌🏻
Arrived in Venice!
Just outside of the train station
On the water taxi to our apartment
Narrow streets but no cars
Waiting for Gianluca to let us in
There is an espresso machine 😍🤗
Walked to St. Mark’s Square and took in the sights.
St. Mark’s Basilica
St Mark’s Campanile
Just scoping out the square. Tomorrow we go into the basilica and tower.
Leaning Tower of Venice? (You can’t tell from the picture, but there is a definite lean going on)
Dinner at Osteria Calle 21. Spaghetti Pescatore (see, Joe, I eat things)
Followed by music battles on St. Mark’s Square
Dinner at Osteria Calle 21
Aperol spritz and beer
Ryan’s meats on meats on meats...I ate the cheese and olives 😬
Spaghetti vongole - we’re on an island now 🏝🐚
Tartufo Classico for dessert
Complimentary homemade limoncello 😳🤪
Action shot of the quartet at Quadri
Their neighbors at Cafe Lavena took over and were equally fantastic!
Breakfast in Venice
Our host provided biscuits and an espresso machine! 😍☕️ Ryan opted for Coca Cola 👀
St. Mark’ Basilica
Lit a candle 🙏🏼 No photos allowed inside but I snuck this one in as proof 👀😬
Standing on the outside balcony
Looking down on the flooding square
Bells on the hour
Avoiding the floods/making sure we can get in for our 11:30am time slot
Views from the top
All of Venice
Gripping for dear life, so windy!
Scared the phone will blow away but opted for a quick photoshoot
Flooding St. Mark’s Square from the top
Waiting for the elevator to get out of the wind tunnel and back to safety 🙏🏼
Broke the rules to get a photo inside St. Mark’s
On the 2nd story ledge outside of St. Mark’s
A long way up
Winds gusting over 100km/hr up here
Walked to the Rialto Bridge and the Rialto Market
What to buy?
First pizza in Venice! From Antico Panificio near Rialto.
Basilica dei Frari
Ryan loves Venice!
Walking to dinner at Da Carletto
Beer and wine
2 seafood spaghettis, they were out of my first choice crab linguine 😒 but yummy nonetheless!
1 DELICIOUS tiramisu 😍😋...waiter always brings 2 spoons but I still can’t get Ryan to bite 😢
Took the water taxi from Rialto to Ferrovia
Waiting for our train to post while talking to our new friends from New Zealand
Debating getting off in Florence to avoid going back to Rome and flying home 😬
Sweet train snacks 😋
Jess tried to steal a scooter and we got lunch at Dante’s Bar back in Rome
Walked to Piazza del Popolo and Villa Borghese Gardens
Picked a winner
Cleaned our plates for our final meal in Italy at That’s Amore
Final step counts for the trip before we fly home tomorrow:
9/17 - 17,657
9/18 - 17,602
9/19 - 24,687
9/20 - 15,977
9/21 - 13,167
9/22 - 19,908
9/23 - 17,745
9/24 - 19,023
9/25 - 17,799
Total - 163,565
9/17 - 19,922
9/18 - 18,844
9/19 - 25,461
9/20 - 17,237
9/21 - 12,804
9/22 - 19,177
9/23 - 18,040
9/24 - 19,509
9/25 - 18,220
Total - 169,214
Last day in Italy! Back in Rome
Piazza del Popolo
Ryan had an itch
Views from the top of Terraza del Pincio
Note: Children unattended will end up in fountains
Ryan’s new ride - no more training wheels!
Dinner at That’s Amore
Vino Rossi and grande birre - regulars at this point
Ryan tried the spaghetti amatriciana and I had the fettuccine with ragu meat sauce - both were very good!!
I haven’t had gelato since we were in Florence and was starting to twitch...not sure what I’ll do when we fly home tomorrow 😳😱
2nd trip to Venchi - crema de Venchi, cuor di cacao, and gianduia...also picked up a few treats to take home 🤗
Ryan is pleasant as always playing Pokémon
I am very tired and cranky 😞
Getting back to our roots at the Golden Arches, it is the most popular spot 💪🏻 YEAH AMERICA 🇺🇸
Missing our neighbors to the north! They use regular bacon and not Canadian bacon 😩 So many signs that we should’ve never left the hotel or Venice 🤷🏻♀️
And redeemed our meal voucher for the delayed flight
Finally boarded 🙏🏼🙌🏼
About to land
Global entry life = skip the lines 🙌🏼
Leaving jfk in our Uber
Jess getting reacclimatized to American food during our 3 hour delay
Arrivederci, honeymoon :(