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Italy Summer 2005 overview
 
 
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intro
In the spring of 2000, I traveled around Europe for 45 days, seeing 14 cities across 10 countries, and 2 continents taking around 400 pictures. I skipped Italy because there were too many great cities to visit in too little time. Now that I've finally devoted 3 weeks of my life to exploring the top half of this tiny boot, I see I was right to skip it the first time. There is almost as much diversity and as many historic treasures in the small part of Italy I saw in this trip as in my entire trip around Europe in 2000. That said, Italy has some real quality of life issues, the magical tourist destination might not be the nicest place to live all your days. I took over 1000 pictures, so I'll separate them into many albums. This one is the overview of the entire trip.
 
london 1
We began our trip with an 24hr sojourn in London.
 
london 2
A very jet-lagged but beautiful 24hrs.
 
latina 1
Ilaria's parents picked us up from the airport and took us to their house
 
latina 2
in Latina (50km south of Rome).
 
latina 3
Initially, Jason our neighbor in Boston's North End was crashing with us in Latina and we hung out with Elisabetta, our much missed former temporary Bostonian.
 
rome 1
Together the four of us walked the streets
 
rome 2
and ruins of Rome.
 
napoli
Then Ilaria lead me on a tour of her country, beginning with hazy, smoggy, crazy Napoli.
 
ercolanum
Herculaneum is a short train ride from Napoli and was one of the highlights of my trip.
 
ercolanum 2
A town frozen in time 2000 yrs ago by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius; people really haven't changed that much since then.
 
beach 1
We went back to Latina to relax on the roman ruin filled beaches
 
village
and stroll through the hill-side villages
 
florence 1
before heading by high-speed Eurostar train to Florence
 
florence 2
my favorite city of the trip.
 
venice 1
We caught another train to Venice
 
venice 2
and walked her tortuous streets before returning to Latina.
 
friends 1
To hang out
 
friends 2
with Ilaria's long-time friends one last-time before flying back to Boston.