My Personal Photo of Venice
Another Photo of Mine
...but my former co-worker Clyde played with it.
This is Piazza Navona in Rome.
(Rome's answer to the most beautiful piazza in Italy.)
I scored the cheapest price directly with Delta. (A detailed budget to follow.) I'll be departing Wednesday, March 16th and returning Monday, March 21st. That's four days, four nights in Italy, not including actual travel time. I fly into and out of Milan (which is significantly cheaper and more direct than using Venice's airport). I hope to spend the first night in a hotel room with a balcony overlooking Piazza Erbe in Verona, my splurge. Although by American standards, I believe it to be a basic two star hotel (Hotel Aurora). It seems every city has a piazza that is supposed to be the most beautiful in Italy, and Verona and its Piazza Erbe is no different. Passionate Italians love their superlatives! I can hardly wait to sit and take in the view, have an Italian guy serenade me from below... The other three nights I will stay in hostels. Since I've already seen the sights in Venice, I'll just spend two days shopping for my beloved Murano glass. Sometime in there, I will run off to Padua to see Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel (which is very important art. I happened to study Art History for six years.). I'll probably stay in Milan the night before my return flight. Leonardo's Last Supper is there; maybe I'll see that too... I hope to keep this really affordable. I'll happily eat pizza and panini. And walk far from the touristy centro to get a better deal. These four cities are very close together too.
I'm absolutely thrilled. ...but, then again, I don't think it's really set in yet. I'm not a morning person. On that note, off to work!