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Our honeymoon, planned for a two week stay included overnights in Milan and Venice, four days in Florence, two in San Giminiano, four days in Positano, and almost two weeks in Rome - thanks to 9/11.
Flying into Milan, we stayed near the Duomo and, after a brief nap, wandered non-stop until bed-time- including a roof top visit to the Duomo and a wander through the world's first shopping mall - beautiful!
A quick cab ride to the station and off to Venice for a 24h whirlwind visit - thankfully, Venice is small. Then a train to Florence - for a relaxed visit, spent wandering the city and eating at out of the way tratorias and oseterias - no tourist fare for us - thankfully.
A quick drive to San Giminiano - a beautifully restored medieval town - which, although filled with tourists, did not in the least feel touristy. We wandered the walled city and took a day trip to Pisa to see the tower along the back roads of Italy - all before the advent of civillian GPS!
Off to Positano via the autostrada - looking for the direct route, to avoid the treacherous cliffside road - hmmm... there isn't one! After an exciting, hair raising drive into the town, our car is vallet'd away and we wander the town, enjoying a well deserved glass (or two) of wine. Up to the top of the hill and down to the sea. A short drive to Amalfi for lunch and a drive up the hill to Ravenna. After a couple of days, we get bored - yes it's possible - and unfortunately, instead of visiting Capri, we head off a couple of days early to Rome, stopping first at the famed Roman town of Pompeii. WOW. Fantastic.
Back on the autostrada to Rome - oops - we forgot to get a map of Rome and have no idea of where the hotel is... After finding the Terminii - the central train station, we use our Lonely Planet guide book's map to get us there - and drop the car off. We're completely unenthused by the hotel we've booked, and on the way back, book another hotel for the next night and the rest of the week.
Rome is fabulous! We walked everywhere, easily! Our new hotel near the Borgia's Palace and the Spanish Steps - The Hotel Victoria, has a roof top bar overlooking the city - a great place to have a pre-dinner drink. After visiting all the major sites, we find out about 9/11 - we can't fly home. Tired of being tourists, we start dressing like Romans and wander the streets, eating, drinking and partaking of gelato, in search of the perfect nocciola (hazelnut) gelato.
Five days after we were supposed to leave, Air Canada is finally able to fly us home and our honeymoon, and (one hopes) once in a lifetime adventure, comes to a close.
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