My husband suggested a trip to Italy for our 30th wedding anniversary and I loved the idea. He suggested Rome, Venice and Florence.  The second he said Venice, I thought lace!  We left on the late afternoon/evening on the 15th and landed in Rome the next morning.  We spent five days in Rome, staying in an apartment near the Trevi Fountain.  It was centrally located and allowed us to walk to anywhere we wanted.  The fountain itself is beautiful!

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We also toured the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Baslica over the next couple of days.

Just a couple of pictures of the beautiful artwork in the Vatican Museums.

Pictures were not allowed in the Sistine Chapel but Michelangelo’s frescoes were breathtaking! So on to St. Peter’s Basilica.

Next destination – the Pantheon and then the Colossuem.

Finally the Roman Forum before heading to Venice.

Venice was much cooler than Rome but still beautiful.

The canals were lovely and we loved walking around.  On the second day in Venice, we took a boat to the island of Murano and watched a glass blowing demonstration before traveling on the the island of Burano.  Burano is where they make the lace.  There is even a lace museum with the most gorgeous lace and tatting.  Below are some pictures from the museum.

The wonderful concierge at the hotel was able to give me the name of a place on Burano that sells lace by the meter that was authentic.  The store also has hand smocked children’s clothes which is nice to see.  Here is the lace I picked out from La Perla.

Now my husband was not thrilled that I was insistent on going to Burano but when he saw the colorful, quaint fishing village, he loved it.

We moved on to Florence from Venice.  Florence was beautiful as well with the Uffizi Gallery, containing paintings by Botticelli, Michelangelo and Da Vinci, and the Galleria dell’Accademia with Michelangelo’s sculpture masterpiece, David.  I also recommend a visit to the Pitti Palace Gardens.

It was the trip of a lifetime and I would go back in a heartbeat.  Wait….well maybe after I recover!

I would love to hear any recommendations for fabric and lace where you live!

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