An Italian Wedding in Bergamo

We were only in Bergamo for a day and half to go to my cousin’s wedding, a plan my Dad immediately regretted once he discovered how cute the city and the hotel were. Oh well. The hotel was a little boutique hotel with very attentive staff and very colourful rooms (ours was bright orange). They also had delicious breakfast.

We made good use of our half day by taking the funicular (Ed loves funiculars) up to the old town and walking around. Chris wanted to score points with my grandparents, so he wore his Chinese shirt.

View from the top of the funicular.

Compared to the big tourist destinations in Italy, Bergamo is much cleaner and quieter, but no less cute. The walled old town has great views at the top, as well as lots of charming little shops and restaurants.

Bergamo’s old town.

Our second day was spent at the wedding, where we learned that the most important thing to know about Italian weddings is that you need to be prepared to eat. A LOT. The wedding went from 11am to midnight and most of that time was spent eating.

FOOD.
SO MUCH CHEESE.

The reception overlooked Lake Iseo, where we got a beautiful well-timed sunset.

Lake Iseo at sunset.

This wedding was where Chris and I got to wear our tailor-made outfits from Hong Kong for the first time. We felt very fancy. Also, Chris caught the garter hahaha.

Looking fancy.
:O

Congratulations Jasmine and Massilimo!

Wedding confetti!
Cake and kisses.

One Last Day in Rome

We returned to Rome for a day and a half before my parents flew back to Canada. The first evening we took a walk over to Circus Maximus (the old chariot racing track). From there we crossed the river to have dinner in the Trastevere area. Some random girl at the wedding had talked Ed and Chris’s ear off about how cool Trastevere was, which is why we ended up there. It’s is a trendy entertainment area with tons of restaurants. I had Bucatini all’Amatriciana for the first time here, a traditional pasta dish of Rome, which was super delicious.

Circus Maximus.
Trastevere.

While walking back we went through a lot of cool archaeological sights, all lit up at night.

Ruins at night.
Night lights in Rome.

The next day we kind of spent randomly riding the subway around. The subway here is interesting in a grungy kind of way, as all the cars are covered in graffiti, inside and out. Gives them character I guess. Chris was not impressed by the grunginess.

The subway in Rome.

We went over to Piazza del Popolo, then walked up to Villa Borghese. We strolled around, eventually ending up at the Galleria Borghese, where we discovered you can’t actually go in without advanced reservations. Whoops.

Piazza del Popolo.

Instead, we rode the subway to Eataly, which is literally a huge building dedicated to Italian food. We were here basically because Ed had seen a bunch of advertisements for it in the subway. Here you can buy pretty much every kind of pasta, meat, cheese, etc. Several of the floors also have restaurants, where we stopped to get some fried anchovies and other snacks. I never really eat anchovies except here in Italy, so there you go. Ed and Rita also stocked up on candies and such to bring back home. We were a little sad we didn’t need groceries, because they had all sorts of crazy pastas I’ve never heard of, giant cheese wheels, ham hocks, and other exciting things.

Many floors of food in Eataly!

On the way home we stopped by the Pyramid of Cestius, which seemed pretty random, the Lateran Basilica, and the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, which was adorably full of cats, though in a kind of sketchy looking area. Ed was not pleased by the surroundings so we left pretty quickly.

The Pyramid of Cestius.
The Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano.

Back at the hotel it was time for one last night of luxury before saying goodbye to the parents. We would be sad to leave the amazing round bed (!!!) and ensuite jacuzzi in our hotel room.

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