- DATES: Anytime
- DURATION: 5-Day Virtual Trip
- COST: Free
Day 1 – Italy geography
Italy has two landlocked countries within its borders: the state of Vatican has a surface of 0.17 sq. mi. and about 450 inhabitants (its the smallest country in the world); and the Republic of San Marino has a surface of 23.62 sq. mi. and about 31,450 inhabitants (it is the fifth smallest country in the world).
Day 2 – Venice
- Venice is made up of 118 small islands and has 417 foot bridges that connect them. Most of the bridges do not have steps.
- The city is not actually built on the islands but on wooden stilts. Many of the wooden stilts are over 1000 years old.
- There are no cars on Venice and everything is delivered or taken by boat. That includes ambulance boats, garbage boats, mail boats and taxi boats.
- Venice has around 400 working gondolas. They all must be painted black. There are only 3 to 4 gondolier licenses issued annually and most are passed down from father to son.
- Only about 55,000 people actually live in Venice. There are about 20 million visitors to Venice each year.
Day 3 – Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius
- Mount Vesuvius is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It last erupted in March of 1944.
- During the eruption of 79AD the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. You can tour both cites as well as hike to the top of Mount Vesuvius. I suggest Pompeii and hike to the top of Mount Vesuvius where you walk by lava flows from the 1944 eruption.
- Pompeii was destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 meters (13 to 20 feet) of volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
Day 4 – Receipe of the week
A Tuscan favorite.
7-INGREDIENT EASY ZUPPA TOSCANA (CREAMY GNOCCHI SOUP WITH KALE AND SAUSAGE)
Day 5 – Renaissance art
Bring out your inner Michelangelo or Leonardo De Vinci. Visit the renaissance art introduction