Tuesday Morning, OUR ITALY TRIP Part 2

The trip from Verona to Venice was beautiful.  Not only did we have an amazing lunch,

An amazing meal in Verona, and this was only the appetizer.
An amazing meal in Verona, and this was only the appetizer.
Lunch in Verona. It was wonderful
Lunch in Verona. It was wonderful
Of course, pasta.
Of course, pasta.

but we also saw some beautiful countryside.  I love the red tiled roofs of the little hamlets sprinkled among the neat tidy rows of the vineyards.  It is a symbol of the proud heritage of winemaking that is handed down from one generation to the next.  There are 20 major growing regions in Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia, with more than 2000 grape varietals.  Most of us have heard of Tuscan Chianti, but that is only one of many kinds of wine produced.

The beautiful countryside. The villages were breathtaking

It wasn’t harvest time yet when we were there, but our first trip 4 years ago was during harvest.  On that trip we took a car trip from Rome to Florence, and stopped at a winery near Siena.  We loved Siena, and if you are planning a trip to Italy, it is a wonderful town to add to your itinerary .  The cathedral in Siena is one of the most beautiful spots in Italy.

Venice was established in 421AD as a trading post.  Yes I meant to say 421AD.  It was built out in the lagoon as a way to prevent invaders from surprising the inhabitants.  It is a World Heritage Site, as are many of the towns in Italy.  We arrived at our meet point where we left our driver and met our Venice Guide, and our friend, Edward Smith.  As I mentioned in my first post, Edward was our guide on our first trip.  His contact is directors@myfriendinvenice.com.  If you want a guide who can get you access to places very few other can arrange, then Edward and Andrea are who you want.

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Even though the temperature was well above 95 degrees most every day, it didn’t stop us from seeing the sites.  It just took a little longer for me to get there.  And a lot more Gelato to keep us cool.  I can’t imagine moving an apartment’s worth of belongings in a boat, but that is what Edward had done a couple weeks before we arrived.  An apartment change in Venice requires a lot of logistics, both wet and dry.

One of the things the girls wanted to do while in Venice was take a cooking class and learn to make REAL Italian pizza.  Edward arranged for us to spend a wonderful day with Emanuela Notarbartolo di Sciara.  She is a well known guest speaker and Chef in the Venice food scene.

Our day started off with a trip to the Market.  Then we returned to our hostesses home and proceeded to enjoy making Pizza, and an amazing tomato timbale.  Next post we will see the steps to the perfect Italian Pizza.  In the meantime, look at the photos and “dream a little dream with me”.   🙂

Oh how I wish it was available all year long here in Kansas City.
Oh how I wish it was available all year long here in Kansas City.
TRIMMED ARTICHOKE HEARTS. Merchants hand trim artichokes down to the heart, then place it in acidulated water.
TRIMMED ARTICHOKE HEARTS. Merchants hand trim artichokes down to the heart, then place it in acidulated water.
Prawns
Prawns

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Everything you can want is in a stall or store in the market area. No box stores anywhere around.
Everything you can want is in a stall or store in the market area. No box stores anywhere around.
Love the streets and shops.
Love the streets and shops.

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