The Ferragamos in Italy: Florence - Boston Family Photographer

Ahhh, Florence. Beautiful Florence. We first spent one night in Florence. Drove in from the villa to see the sunset over the city from Piazzale Michelangelo:

We then went back on Tuesday and visited the museum. Saw David.

Since we hadn’t seen everything we wanted to see, we also planned on going back for one more day. So, Thursday we took the train to Florence again.

We ended the day on a sweet note. Ciao, Firenze.

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The Ferragamos in Italy: Milan - Boston Family Photographer

The last big city before we headed home (NOOOOOOO!). Checked into the hotel…

…and went for a walk to find a restaurant I found online. Loved all of the graffiti we saw along the way.

The restaurant Braceria Acquacheta, was adorable. The outdoor area was funky and eclectic and looked like a great place to hang out with friends on a warm, summer night.

We cancelled our original hotel and booked 2 nights at the Hilton Garden Inn because we desperately wanted to stay in a hotel with air conditioning. And an ice machine!

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The Ferragamos in Italy: Verona - Boston Family Photographer

We stopped in Verona on our drive from Venice to Milan. As we walked over the bridge into town, I thought I was looking at the chocolate river that Augustus Gloop fell into in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Still, it was prettier in person.

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Of course, we had to check out Casa di Giuletta, a house and museum, with a stone balcony, said to have inspired Shakespeare. It was really crowded so we didn’t spend much time there. Grabbed a few photos, bought a few things in the gift shop and left.

Next up, lunch.

Verona was a little disappointing because it just seemed like more of the same. Touristy, with the same shops and lots of people walking around. But we still walked around, got gelato and saw more alleys (which I LOVE). And, of course, I photographed more bicycles. Or biciclettes, if you will.

While driving to Milan, we made a stop where I saw this FABULOUS lady and couldn’t resist photographing her from the car. The outfit, the red truck, the blue sky - I loved everything about this.

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The Ferragamos in Italy: Venice - Boston Family Photographer

After leaving Fattoria Castellina, we drove straight to Venice. We stayed just outside of Venice, in Mestre. I loved our little hotel; the lobby was pretty cool and there was a bus into Venice just steps away.

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As soon as we got off of the bus, we walked over to a bridge to get to the other side of the canal. Venice looked exactly like I had imagined. Bellissimo! We weren’t in Venice long, just an afternoon into the early evening but it was the perfect amount of time for us to walk around, take a gondola ride, see the giant hands art installation (“Support,” created by artist Lorenzo Quinn), have dinner and eventually arrive at Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square).

Oh, and someone also did a little shopping:

All that walking around tired of the kids; look at these sleepy faces. Back to the hotel for some well-deserved sleep.

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The Ferragamos in Italy: Lake Como - Boston Family Photographer

After two weeks of walking around Florence, Rome and Venice, we decided that instead of walking around Milan, we would drive to Lake Como and get out on the water. We lucked out and had an incredibly beautiful day. Look at that blue sky!

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We left our hotel and were in Como in under an hour. Once we arrived in Como, we parked the car, walked over to the ferry terminal and bought tickets to Bellagio. Little did we know it would take TWO HOURS to get to Bellagio. Some pics taken during the long, but enjoyable, ride.

After a while, it stopped being enjoyable (we just wanted off of the boat!) and Juliana started copying Michael’s every move to pass the time.

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Still not in Bellagio so here are more photos from the ride :)

Finally in Bellagio. Which is beautiful, if a bit too touristy. We walked around a bit, poked into some shops and had lunch.

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Later that afternoon, we boarded the ferry and headed back to Como. Naturally, the ride back was just as beautiful as the ride there.

We passed by George Clooney’s villa but decided not to stop by because we had things to do. Sorry, George, maybe next time.

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Family was getting restless.

Finally back in Como and over to the funicular. Gorgeous views from the top!

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Ended our day at Lake Como with dinner before driving back to Milan. It was THE perfect way to spend our last day in Italy.

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