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An Italian Holiday - Fall 2010

Sammy and I were blessed beyond words to have had the opportunity to travel to Italy. It truly was a dream come true. I remember shortly after getting married Sammy asked me, “Natalia, if you could choose to go to any place in the world where would it be?” Just ONE place? I mean I would travel the world if I could! So to pick one place seemed nearly impossible.  But my answer was: Italy. It was always a dream of mine to be in the most romantic country and experience unforgettable moments that will live forever in my heart. In the summer we booked our trip and the countdown began for our trip to Italy! There are truly no words to describe our time in Italy. We spent a total of 9 days in Italy. We visited Rome, Venice, Verona, and Florence. Each city was full of culture and life. I can say so much about each location, however, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. 

Introducing, the beautiful Italy.


The Vatican. Left us in awe. All the intricate detail put into EVERYTHING is mind-boggling.

These statues inside The Vatican were HUGE.

The famous balcony where the Pope holds his services at The Vatican.
(side note: The Vatican (like everything else in Rome) was TOO BIG to fit into one photograph. We did our best to capture it but it was massive!) 

Accordion players in the streets, the buses, the metros... They where serenading us everywhere we went!

We got smart and finally decided to rent bikes on our 4th day in Rome. We rode the streets of Rome and got to witness some beautiful neighborhoods that most tourists probably haven't had the chance to see.

We snuck in a few photos (cameras are not allowed) of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. This was BY FAR Sammy's favorite moment of the trip. We were amazed at how beautiful, intricate, and detailed this place was. Words and pictures simply cannot give it justice. As soon as we entered the room, it felt so surreal! We were truly in awe.

Flower shops on every corner!

Our view from the famous Spanish Steps on a rainy Fall night.

The highest point in ROME, where we were able to see the entire city.

Ferrari motor scooter.

This statue was HUGE. It's of Caesar the Great.

The famous Roman ruins.

Walking towards the Colosseum. Once again, it felt so unreal to be somewhere so ancient and overflowing with history.

Ah, the famous Colosseum. We had to touch it to feel like we were a part of history!

Riding through the streets of Trestevere, Rome. We surpassed all the busy traffic and went next to the peaceful famous river that runs through.

Two men fishing! We had to snap this shot... Perfect post-card image:)

View from the Spanish Steps during the day.


Oh Venezia... you were too good to us! Venice, Italy. Simply beautiful. Built entirely on water.

Now this is CLASSIC ITALY - Gondola rides.

Did you know Venice is sinking? We found out it floods 100 days out of the year. On this particular day, we had to just take off our shoes and walk through the water. This was right before we entered the famous St. Mark Square.

Sitting down and enjoying a Cappuccino with every meal! This was one of our favorite treats.

We HAD TO enjoy an authentic Gondola ride. We had to pinch ourselves - A GONDOLA RIDE... IN VENICE!! It was, once again, such a surreal feeling. We tried our best to soak in every moment.

Our Gondola driver. There were many to choose from, but he was the best choice! He whistled through the canals and sang a few songs in between.

One thing you have to know about Venice: THERE ARE NO CARS. So all traveling is done on foot or by boat!

St. Mark's Square was full of pigeons. It's hard to tell, but this man was holding his son and his son was having a good time with all these birds! It was a classic father/son moment we just had to capture.

Can someone tell us, PLEASE, what happened here?! Haha. We tried to figure it out but no such luck! We laughed every time we saw this sign... We just thought it was a little odd:)

Simply beautiful.

Paninis. Wow! We never tasted such good food in our lives! The pizzas, the pastas, the CARBS! Oh, we loved every calorie:) We indulged our hearts out!

A tip we learned about choosing the best "local" restaurants to eat at: Eat where the elderly hang out. They usually have the best taste buds..hehe. This lovely couple was playing cards at their table just as the restaurant was coming to a close.

This trio was amazing! They serenaded the crowds with songs like "My Heart Will Go On" from Titanic and threw in some fun tunes like "The Pink Panther" theme song. This is when Venice gets romantic. We slow-danced to their music and watched other lovebirds do the same. Venice at night is just perfect.

Our hotel was across Venice on a little island named: Murano. They are known for being spectacular glassmakers! We sure saw a lot of glass..and we mean EVERYWHERE!!!

Venice prides itself in having clean, pure water, safe to enjoy and drink on a nice warm day:)

VERONA. This is the famous wall where all the lovebirds leave a love note or their initials. We followed the tradition, borrowed a big thick marker, and wrote S + N.

The famous statue of Juliet.

Now this place was a highlight for us. All the letters that are sent to Juliet are sent HERE. We saw countless folders full of letters to Juliet, asking for "love" advice. We browsed through a few ourselves. No one was working on this particular day so we had access to this room all to ourselves. We ended up writing a note and sticking it on this wall. It was such a fun experience!



The highest point in Florence, overlooking the entire city. It was right after the rain cleared up, so we were able to see far as our eyes would allow us. We were speechless.

Sammy trying to scare the birds. Some pigeons never budged. They're used to all the tourists taking over their town!



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Reader Comments (6)

Oh my goodness!!!! Such beautiful pictures!! You guys captured such amazing photos!!! It makes me want to go to Italy!!! It's BEAUTIFUL from what I see. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun! This will definitely be something you will never forget!

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina Janet

Piazza di Spagna! Just learned about it in my history of architecture class:-) Just had a test on all of these places, ha. Hard to believe they are actually real and tangible places. Great photos, Sammy and Natalia:-)

October 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Husu

awww u guys reminded me of all the wonderful places i visited this summer! haha it actually makes me feel closer to you, knowing we walked in the same places! plus , i never got to see the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel... it's worth seeing, i will go next time! beautiful beautiful captures!

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteranna

Oh the beauty! I am actually speechless! ;)

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna Hansen

WOW! Sammy and Natalia, I thoroughly enjoyed your pictures of Italy! I must say, I was holding my breath just savoring each one. I especially love the back-&-white picture of Natalia sitting on the bench in Florence. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, it afforded us the chance to vicariously roam around Italy with you. The "highest point" in Rome and Florence were full of wonder.

October 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCristiana Popa

Thank you everyone for taking the time to view our photos! There are plenty more photos we could've posted but still, photos just can't fully justify how beautiful Italy was in reality! Thanks again for stopping by, and I'm so glad you enjoyed viewing our trip:)

God bless!


October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

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