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Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
29Trip End Oct 11, 2008
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Orvieto is famous for its ceramics, a cathedral, and wine. The wine is great (Orvieto Classico), the ceramics are very pretty (mom, I got you a little something), and the cathedral is nothing to sneeze at either. However, our most memorable experience in Orvieto had to be our scolding. We woke up a bit before check-out and made a breakfast of eggs, cheese, and tomatoes in our hotel room (not the ideal place, but we were without a kitchen and are already over budget). Well, little old Italian hotel owner goes to water the plants on the balcony we share with another room to water the flowers, and either peeks her head in our window or smells our breakfast and starts yelling, "NO COOK IN ZE ROOOOM!!!!" After mumbling an apology, Ryan went to check out where he endured a good 10 minutes of English-Italian Nonna anger (while I slipped out the side door with my luggage...mwahaha).
Verona was our next stop. "Home" of Romeo and Juliet (not really, but there were 2 feuding families there around that time that gave the bard some real-life inspiration. Verona is also home to a famous opera festival every summer, and we saw our first opera in a 1st century Roman colosseum. We saw Aida. It was long, but it was beautiful. I can't wait to see another opera (with perhaps a seat more comfortable than a 2000 year old stone step). We saw some of Verona's sights before deciding that it had been enough. Enough pizza. Enough pasta. We needed burgers. We hunted down a McDonald's (of course it wasn't difficult), and ate our hearts out. We felt sluggish and fat after that, so we wandered markets and read in the park for the rest of the day. Verona was our last stop in Italy, so we bid the country, the crazy drivers, and the gelato a fond Arrividerci.
PS. Ryan forgot the cable for his camera in our hostel room, so we will post pictures of this part later. Sorry!