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Wrap Up – Italia Edition!!

Hey lovebugs!! I am home sweet home!! I had an absolutely amazing time and saw and experienced some amazing things! I am really, really lucky! And I have so many pictures to share so amongst the wedding posts from this week and the engagement sessions I will have to post next week will also be some posts about the different cities I visited in Italy and some highlights/travel guides just for you. But I thought I would kick off the Italy posts with an Italia style wrap up! Just a few things that you should know if you are going, things I learned, and if my card reader works fast enough, and incredible view from Piazza Michelangelo.

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Balsamic Vinegar should never be refrigerated. Crazy right? Especially since it says right on our American bottles to refrigerate after opening. And it ages amazingly! I purchased 15 year aged in oak barrels balsamic vinegar and it gets sweet and amazing and the woman at the shop says that she uses it only on special occasions and sometimes on ice cream – it gets thick like a syrup!

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I didn’t have to spell my last name once. Everyone pronounced it so beautifully.

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It was literally over 100 degrees a lot in Italy, and they are not huge on air conditioning. They have fans. And if they do have air conditioning, then they don’t make it American cold, just Italian cold.

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Same goes for water bottles – most vendors and stores, their water is luke cold. Yes luke cold because I am still pretty tired. Semi cold, if you will. You want it to be freezing and hurt your teeth when you drink it because it is a million degrees but it is only luke cold. This was especially tragic on Rome day when I literally drank 6 bottles of water and never peed because I was so dehydrated…..and thus, cranky.

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I didn’t see one car while in Venice. And Venice is amazing. Everyone should go. Right now. Buy anything glass while you are there. Don’t worry, they pack it up super nice for you. But don’t plan on bringing a ton of luggage with you, there are no cars and porters carry your luggage from either the train station or the airport. Looked like the worst job ever.

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Gelato. Not much more I can say about that other than I feel like I should have eaten more of it. And dare I say gelato>ice cream.

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If you go to Italy, buy anything that is leather. It is the softest and most good smelling leather in the world.

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I’m pretty sure that aside from one meal, I had wine every single time I ate anything.

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No tomato in the US is as red as a tomato in Italy.

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If you are buying Chianti in the USofA – you should know that real Chianti can only come from Chianti, Italy which is gorgeous. It must have been made of at least 80% of Sangiovese grapes and almost always it will have the symbol of the region on the bottle which is a black rooster – more on the black rooster later.

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Siena is a magical little town that reminded me a lot of Pamplona, we went the day before the horse races, I just looked up what district won this time and it was the Wave District! They hadn’t won since 1995. The horse races are an amazing event and I would have loved to have gone! Even though it last less than 90 seconds, totally worth it!

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Rome sorta stinks. It is like a bigger LA and dirty and hot and miserable. Go to the Coliseum and maybe a few other places and then peace out.

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We stink at using shutters. We nail them to the outside of our house – why do we do this???? In other countries, especially Italy – they actually use their shutters to keep the heat out and they looks so cool when they are wide open or closed!

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Fettuccine Alfredo was created by Americans. Never saw it on a single menu there and when I took a cooking class the chef literally said that we have no idea what Italian food is in the US. I tend to now agree and will make you all fresh pasta and meat sauce to prove it. We also have no idea what Tiramisu is supposed to taste like either, don’t worry, I can make that for you too!

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You will not need a car if you ever go to Florence. It is 100% walkable.

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End your trip by walking up the crazy amount of steps to Piazza Michelangelo. Totally the best ending ever and the most spectacular views. Does this not look just like the photo I posted the day before I left from trip advisor? That bridge is the Ponte Vecchio.

I want Cyprus Trees everywhere when I have a house.

The Duomo.

This one is for my photographer friends – this was the wedding venue!!! Ahh!!! So many more amazing pictures to come!!

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:20 am

    Amanda - Beautiful pics! Can’t wait for more! Did you cheer when they pronounced your name flawlessly? 😉

  • July 6, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    Tina Tabibi - These photos are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you enjoyed a trip of a lifetime. Welcome back : )

  • July 6, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    teri pozniak // tPoz Photography - OHEMGEEAMAZEBALLSLOVE.
    So, do you need the rascal??! Please tell me you ate as much of the pasta as you could put in your mouth & then ate some more!? I love that you took a cooking class while over there – I will happily eat all the fresh pasta & meat sauce that you make me 🙂
    Can’t wait to see the photos from the wedding….I’m kinda green with envy over here 😉

  • July 10, 2012 - 3:21 pm

    Kendra - LOVE this post!!

  • July 11, 2012 - 9:31 am

    Alex Bohn - As I suspected, I want to be in Florence after seeing your pictures…Tuscany is probably one of my favorite areas in Italy. I need to plan a trip….

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