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Blog Entries We Wrote

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Pictures We Took

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Cities/Areas We Visited

  • Bolzano (August 20-22, 2008)
  • Lake Como (August 22-25, 2008)
  • Piedmont Region (August 25-27, 2008)












Places We Stayed


  • Hotel Figl (August 20-22, 2008)








Lake Como

  • Villa Tres Jolie (August 22-25, 2008)











Piedmont Region

  • Agriturismo Cascina Sant’Eufemia (August 25-27, 2008)









Places We Ate


  • Blue Moon Restaurant – great waiter. Derek had risotto with seafood and Shanna had a salad with grilled shrimp









  • Cafe Sportster – Shanna had a salad and Derek had pasta with pesto sauce









  • Cafe Europa – in small village in Dolomites; had some bread with cheese








  • Paulaner – pizza










Lake Como

  • Beccaccino Ristorante – incredible linguine with lobster and fried calamari










  • Villa Tres Jolie – great food prepared by owner, Julio. First night was grilled cheese, lasagna and tiramisu. Second was risotto and grilled vegetables









  • Caffe Vecchio Borgo – in Bellagio, Derek had pizza and Shanna had pasta with red sauce










  • Ristorante Albergo Lario – last night, Shanna had great pasta with smoked salmon and Derek had ok penne with meat sauce










Piedmont Region

  • Osteria del Vecchio Gallo – in Alba, interesting antipasta with meats and veggies and a fried egg?, turkey with potatoes and small ravioli










  • Ristorante a ca ‘d Fantin – cute owner, great Italian couple from Turin, veal, pasta, tons of antipasta









  • La Colina – Prosciutto with Melon, ravioli with hazelnuts









  • La Torre Ristoro – several antipastas, salmon, gnocchi, small ravioli, lamb chops, panna cotta and “_____ d’Nonna”













Things We Did


  • Walked around Bolzano, with its beautifully preserved buildings









  • Got a Hay Bath!!









  • Discovered the Dolomites and realized we needed to come back here soon











Lake Como

  • Walked around the quaint villages along the lake










  • Visited the popular tourist city of Bellagio










  • Went to the Abbey at Piona









  • Rode a slow ferry around the lake









Piedmont Region

  • Enjoyed the amazing views of the hilly, vineyard-filled region









  • Walked around the town of Alba










  • Visited the hilltop town of La Morra










  • Watched our hotel owners harvest hazelnuts










  • Sample Barolo wine at Cantina Cascina Bruni
  • Took a cooking class with Angelino, a great chef who taught us how to make gnocchi, pomodoro and a couple of desserts










Country Facts

  • Capital City: Rome
  • Currency: Euro
  • Exchange Rate: 0.67 Euro to $1 ($1.48 to 1 Euro)