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When I was little, my favorite book in the whole world was The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke. The book was about a group of runaway children who lived in Venice, Italy by themselves, and were lead by a boy named the Thief Lord, who stole things from rich people so that the children could sell them for food. After reading this book, I fell in love with Italy. I wanted to eat spaghetti and gelatos, ride in gondolas, speak Italian, and feed the birds on St. Mark’s square. So, in 2005, when my parents told me that we were going on a trip to Italy, I was extremely excited.

Our trip consisted of many interesting cities, and began in Rome. I remember seeing the Colosseum, and being in awe of all the catacombs in the lower level, and the vastness of the structure. It seemed both beautiful and threatening at the same time.

Our next stop was Sienna, a town known for its famous horse races every year. This was a sharp change from Rome, quiet, peaceful, and cozy. I remember sitting in the town center with my family at night, eating garlic bread and sipping coke. Everyone was out celebrating because Italy had made the world cup. It was very exciting watching the dancing and singing.

I loved relaxing in Sienna, but we still had many stops to go. We left and traveled on to Florence, stopping at many rest stops on the way. At one particular rest stop, something completely bizarre happened. My brother and I were sitting in the car waiting for our parents to come back from the bathroom when suddenly, outside the window, we saw a boy from our school! My brother and I looked at each other, not sure if we were hallucinating or not (we were tired!). But sure enough, a minute later, our physical education teacher, and several other students showed up. We had run into the travel group from my high school all the way in Italy! It was a crazy day, and we laugh about it even now.

We then began our trip Florence. The first thing I remember about this city was the amazing view we had from our campsite. It was on the top of a mountain overlooking the entire city, and we were so high it seemed that we could see every house and every shop from where we were. The city was bustling with people on the streets, beautiful artwork, charming ice cream stands, and it seemed, laughter. We visited several museums, shops, and restaurants, and even got to see the famous Statue of David!

After this, we traveled to Pisa. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip because everything in Pisa seemed so bright and happy. There were children running around everywhere, people relaxing on the lawn next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa eating gelatos, tourists everywhere taking pictures, and venders outside on the street selling trinkets and souvenirs.

Finally, we stopped at our final destination: Venice, my favorite city in the whole world. It was absolutely gorgeous! The water, the square, the gondolas, the birds, the romance- they were all there just like the book had described! It was an amazing experience. We spent a day there, wandering about the city, admiring the beautiful architecture, the lovely gardens and flowers, and we even got to visit the glass factory where the world famous Venetian murano glass is created! It was very exciting, but soon enough it was time to pack our bags, board our plane, and go home.

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