|Villa il Castellaccio - Tuscany, Italy|
|Jenn (college friend), myself, Katie (high school friend), Becky (friend from work)|
|Chef making 'Naked Gnocci' - He spent 5 hours creating, teaching and giving us cooking tips|
|My birthday dinner! Family, High School, College & Work friends|
Thank goodness it was a working vineyard and it was on the honor system - we did take a pic of the wine bottles at the end of the week (didn't think it was smart to share that one)
|Look what we do while in Florence - after a day of sightseeing, who doesn't need to stop for a beer?|
|Musical in Greve de Chianti - wonderful town that was hosting their Annual Wine Festival with American Musical Favorites - Shrek, Mary Poppins & Grease|
|Pizza, need I say more, DELICIOUS! I may have had it every day!|
|Jenn and I enjoying Champagne in Portofino. Portofino will go down as one of my favorite cities.|
|Wendy, Darin and I in Florence - the Duomo is in the background|
3rd largest cathedral in the world
I should tell you all a little secret - Darin is my brother in law - amazing guy and we're lucky to have him in our family! He is not only patient to have me tagging along many times but he drove Wendy and I to the Outlet Malls and shopping while on vacation.
|Who would have known the Vatican served a slice of pizza and a box of wine? If you are in Rome, no matter what your beliefs are - you must visit The Vatican. St Peters Square, Sistine Chapel, Vatican City and The Basilica|
|Locks of Love in Florence - a lover places their lock on the fence or rail and throws the key over the bridge to 'seal' their love|
|Let me introduce you to Portofino! The only word to describe this quaint town, SPECTACULAR!!|
|Katie, Jenn, Kristin and Wendy at Trevi Fountain in Rome - we all threw a coin over our shoulder and made a wish - I think mine came true!|
|When in Rome! The Colosseum|
We took a double decker bus around Rome to make sure and see every site! Best way to see a city when you only have a specific amount of time there.
|Wine tasting station at a store in Greve - you bought a card and simply walked around sampling wine. Stick the card in the slot and taste away.|
|My favorite coffee - Illy! Loved having it wherever we went. The coffee, the pastries, the cafes - it took us awhile but once we all slowed down and enjoyed the European culture we loved every second of the their slower pace.|
|Wes and Darin diving near Portofino|
"Christ of the Abyss" was placed under water August 29, 1954 - it was set 17 meters below the surface to protect the fisherman (and Wes, Mike and Darin)
I hope you enjoyed a taste of our Italian Holiday - it's hard to not to share every photo but these were a few to give you a 'taste' of our journey! It was a fantastic trip - not only to share a milestone with some of my closest friends but to create memories each of us will have for a lifetime! Earlier this Summer most of us took a trip to France - I will be sharing that in a post to come. I'm still learning a lot about blogging - sorry the pics are out of order.
Thank you Jim and Susan at Gira! Italy Villas for all your help!! xo