Colosseum

We arrived in Rome late at night so we walked down to see the Colosseum.  Chris and Sarah had been there before; I had only seen it from a bus when we were there years ago.  It was beautiful to see it lit up at night.

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The moon was just peeking over the top of the structure.

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While we were there a lot of security trucks and media started coming into the area.  We realized that the Pope was coming the next day, which was Good Friday, and that we were seeing the preparation of his visit.  At any rate, it was truly a beautiful site to see the colosseum on a clear night like this.

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Here is a nice photo Sarah took:

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Return to Verona

After spending some time in the Alps it was time to return the rental car to Verona, Italy.  We loved that town and were glad to have a little more time there.

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We found a dining spot right beside the old Roman amphitheater and had some more delicious pizza.

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And then we were able to walk from there to the train station to catch an evening ride to Rome.

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Church in the Alps

Now it was time to drive back up to Passo Rolle in the Italian Alps.  We left San Martino di Castrozza and saw some gorgeous scenery along the way.

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Then we returned to the beautiful ski village of Passo Rolle.

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It was this church that captured our attention most of all.  Beautiful!

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Here is a bit of a view of the ski slopes.

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Truly a spectacular place!

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Lunch in the Alps

We found the best place to eat in San Martino di Castrazzo, Northern Italy — Anita’s restaurant and chalet.

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I’m not sure if this is Anita or not, but she was the best waitress and she brought us some wonderful food.

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The setting of this restaurant is beautiful.

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I happened to wander over near the check-out and discovered the pastries under the counter.

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So we shared some sweets.  They looked too good to pass up.

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Now it was time to leave this beautiful ski resort and head back over the pass, but we will never forget our time here.

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San Martino di Castrozza

Late at night we arrived at our destination — the ski resort town of San Martino di Castrozza.  This is the view we awoke to in the morning.

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We stayed at The Relais Club–as seen in the photos below.

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This area is unbelievably beautiful, and it was great to have a little time here in the Alps.

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The Venezia

We found a great place to eat at Passo Rolle — The Venezia — probably the only place to eat.  You can see the building on the left of the photo below.

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The food was really great at this small restaurant.

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We even shared a very special dessert.

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The Venezia has rooms to stay in and it definitely had the look of a ski resort.

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We noticed this interesting photo of a chair lift on the wall.

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The view on the front verandah is unbelievable.

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This was really a fun evening for us, as you can see, and after dinner we continued over the pass to another ski resort on the other side, which I will share about in my next post.

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Passo Rolle

Our drive through the northern Alps of Italy took us to Passo Rolle, and the mountains are absolutely stunning here.

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Here is the entry sign for the area.

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The ski slopes begin right here and there are a few places to stay here high on the pass itself.

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We had arrived just in time for a beautiful sunset.

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