The next part of our Europe trip involved cruising around the coast of France and Italy.
In France, we visited Aix-en-Provence for an afternoon and saw many of its famous fountains
We visited several small towns in the Tuscan countryside
In Tuscany, we had lunch at this organic farm/restaurant (Fattoria Poggio Alloro); it was the best food we ate all trip, and the view of the countryside was stunning.
Close up of the Colosseum in Rome
We took a bus tour of Rome, and only got to drive by the Colosseum
The lovely, crowded Trevi fountain. We also walked a few blocks to the Spanish steps.
The Vatican museum has a HUGE collection of ancient Greek and Roman antiquities
The tapestry map room in the Vatican museum
The tomb of Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s
The Swiss Guard at the Vatican
Ruins at Pompeii
A wealthy person’s home in Pompeii. There is still paint on the walls in many of the rooms