Beautiful History

I traveled to Italy 11 years ago, and had such an amazing experience there. 12 years ago, my family had an ESL student stay with us for a month from Rome. His name is Davide, and he became my little Italian brother. So a year later, we made the decision to go and stay with him for a week in his home in Rome. His mother was a housewife, but had always loved history, and she knew so much of the history around Rome, and so we had our own personal tour guide while we were there.

She took us around to the typical places, Vatican City, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps. Each place she would tell us so much about the history of each place, and we learned so much. We would find a pizzeria each day for lunch, and in the hot summer heat, we would find some amazing gelato along the way. Each night we would then go back home, and she would spend two hours in the kitchen, putting together these amazing Italian feasts from scratch, and I'm not sure we ever ate so well!

We also took a few days and went to Naples, Pompei and Capri. Naples is a crazy city....in our tour book it said that traffic lights were merely a suggestion. They weren't kidding. Driving in Italy is crazy, but Naples is quite another place! Pompei was fascinating for me...although considering my love of history, it isn't a long shot for me. My brother and sister and I bought ourselves a self-guided tour book, and we wandered around Pompei and learned about each place as we went. We would take turns sharing the stories out of the book, and amused ourselves a lot with it.....I guess you had to be there.

The next day we took a ferry to the Isle of Capri, and it was beautiful there. We had read about a boat ride to the Grotto Azura, a beautiful underwater cave. We took larger boats out to the entrance to the Grotto, and we sat under the searing heat for an hour and a half, waiting for our turn on the small row boats that only fit two people at a time. We crawled into the boat with our Italian guide, we would wait for the waves to drop slightly, and we would row through the entrance to the Grotto, and inside were a dozen boats, with our Italian guides singing, and their beautiful voices echoing off the cave walls. But it was the beautiful crystal blue water that was so amazing, the light of the sun refracting below the cave walls just below the water....amazing!

Soon we made our trip up to Venice, although we were never able to find a place to stay, so we only had about 12 hours there. We were able to negotiate a cheap price on a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Although the cheap price made for a bit of a cheap ride too! Our Gondolier was not dressed in the traditional outfit, nor did he sing. He was in jeans and a t-shirt, and he had a stereo rigged through his boat! haha.....it's ok though, we still got to experience it!

Italy was a place of amazing history, and some of the best food we've ever eaten. There is much more of the country that I want to see...but it's hard when there's so many countries I have yet to see that are on my list too! Gah! Just not enough money!!!
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Aug 7, 2010