Milano and Roma and every place in between
We woke up after a seven hour train ride pulling into Milano central station. I don't have many pictures of this except for a Milano Pigeon and the station. I'm not sure if you've realized but I've made an attempt to get pictures of pigeons in every city. Not all of them have been included in the posts but I think I do have one in each city. I think of them as a global common denominator
We made our way strait to Avis for our rental car but it wasn't open until 8:30 so we wandered a bit. To tell you truth after eating so many baguettes and croissants we wanted a hardy breakfast... from McDonald's. We found the golden arches and waited outside until 8:00 for it to open. When we went inside, we saw no breakfast menu so Travis ordered a double cheeseburger. "Oh no", the attendant replied, "all we have are these" as he points to a glass display case of croissants. Really? That is all they sell in the morning.
So, we went empty-bellied and got our car with very minimal difficulty. Never again will I give the Fiat 500 a hard time. First of all, I had no idea how old the company was and second, it was a fantastic vehicle. No complaints.
One benefit of being stranded in Milan was that its the location of The Last Supper and we had planned to go to Santa Maria Delle Grazie to see it. However, it was sold out. Never heard of such a thing but it is a fact. So after the difficulties of finding parking we thought we'd grab a coffee before heading out for Roma.
While there, I thought I'd use the bagno.
I want to give so much credit to Travis for driving. I was confident in our wrecking but he kept us safe. Not only is our Fiat a manual, which hes not used to driving, but in Italy they seem to take traffic lanes as more of a suggestion. Also, scooters operate on their own rules. It really is an experience like no other and it wasn't just Milano. Spoiler alert: it is just as hectic in Roma and in Napoli. Worse in Napoli.
Once out of the city, the countryside is exceptional. I can't describe the beauty we experienced but I hope these pictures will help you put yourself in our shoes. Unfortunately though, they do they scene no justice.
I did drive in Italy. Only on the highway. After I asked Travis how to stop the car, it being manual, I wasn't allowed to drive again. But I did drive.
Once in Roma, we tried to drive directly to our hotel which was on a street filled with pedestrians and cafes. Below is a picture of the street. I really don't think we were supposed to be driving down it but nobody paid us any mind.
Once we were settled into Pensione Panda, which was surprisingly nice for its price, we grabbed our first Italian meal.
Delicious pizza. Prosciutto, hard boiled egg, black olives, mushrooms and artichokes.
Oh and I should mention that this was our 2nd wedding anniversary and I cannot think of a better place to have spent it.
Travis and Lisa