st peter's basilica
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Italy Day 10 – Roaming Around Rome

Highlight of the Day: Best pizza we’ve had so far, and puff pastry pie  (it’s a thing) Steps: 12,001 Miles: 5.1 We slept in later than normal and took our time relaxing in the morning. After eating some of the most amazing pizza and puff…

June 29, 2015
forum poppies
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Italy Day 9 – Colosseum & Roman Forum

Highlight of the Day: Learned about the Vestal Virgins, would not have wanted that job… Steps: 26,607 Miles: 11.28 For Day 9 I booked a walking tour through the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. We were staying in the Monti area (totally recommend for food…

June 21, 2015
vatican tapestry
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Italy Day 8 – Bye Florence, Hello Rome!

Highlight of the Day: We just happened upon the Mille Miglia as the cars made their way through St Peter’s Square at night (and I have NO pictures of it) Steps: 13,748 Miles: 5.83 The city cried for us as we left on Friday,…

June 20, 2015
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Italy Day 7 – David, Duomo and lots of Stairs

Highlight of the Day: The unexpected views from Palazzo Vecchio Tower with no crowds Steps: 17,409 Miles: 7.4 Whew, after a day out and about in the Tuscan sun, I knew we would need an optional relax day. Today was a ‘free’ day, but we…

June 18, 2015
flowers and vines
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Italy Day 6 – Chianti Wine Region

Highlight of the Day: Too many highlights. Conclusion – I need to live in Tuscany! Steps: 11,673 Miles: 4.9 I was looking forward to day 6 for awhile. That was the day we had our personalized tour throughout the Chianti region, visiting medieval towns,…

June 16, 2015
ponte vecchio at night
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Italy Day 5 – Pisa Pisa

Highlight of the Day: Walking up the leaning Tower of Pisa is great for the calves Total Steps: 20,373 Total Miles: 8.6 Day 5 was another optional day, and we chose to sleep in a bit and hop a train out to Pisa. Originally we thought…

June 13, 2015
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Italy Day 4 – Florence

Highlight of the Day: Another win for Airbnb, with a fantastic view of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio Total Steps: 13,669 Total Miles: 5.8 Today we took the Varenna-Esino train to Milano Centrale, or chen-tral-eh as the Italians put, and hopped on a pleasant high…

June 11, 2015
soglio rooftops
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Italy Day 3 – Soglio Switzerland

Highlight of the Day: Soglio is one of the most peaceful and tranquil places I’ve ever visited + BONUS waterfall! (I love waterfalls) Total Steps: 12,968 Total Miles: 5.5 Remember that optional day I penciled into the itinerary for Saturday but we all decided…

June 10, 2015
castello di vezio
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Italy Day 2 – Varenna & Castello di Vezio

Highlight of the Day: Views from our apartment and visiting Castello di Vezio Total Steps: 14,866 Total Miles: 6.3 mostly up and down a steep hill Day 2 was listed as “Free Day” in the itinerary with an option to drive to Soglio Switzerland…

June 7, 2015