Did you know America got it’s name from an Italian, Amerigo Vespucci (who was also the first European to discover the Amazon River) as well as being discovered by the Italian, Christopher Columbus? So, the United States owes a lot to Italy, and with that in mind, for 11 days in May we decided to go and visit.

First stop: Rome, the city that gave us Julius Caesar and the Roman Empire before traveling by train to the City of Bridges, Venice. Add in another train trip to Florence and a small side trip to Lucca in the heart of the Tuscany Region, we managed to see quite a bit and arrived back home exhausted.

Along the way we developed a good understanding of:

  1. Red Wine
  2. Parmesan Cheese
  3. Pasta
  4. Gelato
  5. Limoncello
  6. Red Wine
  7. Pasta
  8. Red Wine
  9. More Pasta
10. A better understanding of how important the history of Italy was and how much it influenced world politics and religion. Much of it, that despite happening over 2000 years ago (BC), has for better or worse, helped shape who we are and what we do today.

Lucca

Lucca

IAAAM Conference

IAAAM Conference

Colosseum - Outside

Colosseum - Outside

Colosseum - Inside

Colosseum - Inside

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Roman Forum I

Roman Forum I

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Pantheon

Pantheon

Rome I

Rome I

Rome II

Rome II

Vatican

Vatican

Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

St Peters Basilica

St Peters Basilica

St Mark's Square

St Mark's Square

Venice I

Venice I

Venice II

Venice II

Venice III

Venice III

Florence

Florence