*******ourvideosite****/View/V399 Italy travel: Florence, shopping for Florentine Leather. Our Perillo Tours Familia walks around just another piazza. Then, a demonstration on how 24 karat gold leaf is transferred on to leather, in one of the two shops that Perillo recommends. The other shop had a bonus: Aurelio, who looked liked he could be George Clooney's brother, was working there. Not kidding about how much less expensive Aurelio's leather jackets were as compared to the first store. Also very cool how Aurelio gave us a very personalized lesson on how to apply our initials in 24 karat gold on to the leather jackets we purchased!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V400 Italy travel: Florence, shopping for Florentine Leather, continued. Aurelio, our George Clooney's brother leather salesperson, continues our lesson in the application of 24 karat gold. Here we see a gold leaf daisy applied next to Kathy's initials. Aurelio was excellent. Perillo Tours ought to recommend this smaller, more intimate and much less expensive shop over the one to which we were brought. (In all fairness, Tony did point out Aurelio's shop as we walked by, but it wasn't open yet.)
*******ourvideosite****/View/V398 Dinner, darkness, and more dancing at The Vulture's place. In the brief video in the middle of this slideshow, the ladies of our Perillo Tours Familia strut their stuff. Nicely, too!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V396 In this slideshow, we see some of the art of Florence, and we create some of our own at a restaurant during lunch. This was a fantastic restaurant, and Perillo Tours ought to add it to the recommended list! Now, if only we could remember the name of the place...
*******ourvideosite****/View/V395 Italy travel: Florence. Bernardo our tour guide giving excellent information to our Perillo Tours Familia. If many of the statues look similar, it's because they were commissioned by the same guy!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V394 Italy travel: Florence walk to Signoria Plaza, or [url]*******en.wikipedia****/wiki/Piazza_della_Signoria, with outside statues. Our Perillo Tours Familia and amazing statues, including a replica of David, under the Plazzo Vecchio, or Old Palace of Florence.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V393 Our Perillo Tours Familia each took lots of pictures of this magnificent cathedral. Hopefully this presentation will be an entertaining rendition for you.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V392 Italy travel: Florence. Our Perillo Tours Familia is entertained with different angles of amazing stonework. The exterior walls are faced in alternate vertical and horizontal bands polychrome marble from Carrara (white), Prato (green), Siena (red), Lavenza and a few other places. These marble bands had to repeat the already existing bands on the walls of the Baptistery and Giotto's bell tower. - Wikipedia.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V389 Our Perillo Tours Familia walks through and around Padua. This is some of our still pictures.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V387 Italy travel: Padua. Tony starts our Perillo Tours Familia off on the tour of the two churches, The Basilica of Santa Giustina and The Basilica of Saint Anthony.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V385 Leaving Venice may have been one of the most difficult things our Perillo Tours Familia had to do on this trip. In that spirit, here is one edit of our departure.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V383 Serene, surrealistic Venice at night. Perillo tours should try to describe this peaceful feeling in the tour guide, but it can't be described in words.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V382 Venice, Italy travel: St. Mark's Square trying to make the pigeons fly. The kids have fed all the pigeons that two Euros will feed, and then are prompted to chase the birds. However, Venice pigeons are wise to that, and do not scare easily. Beautiful sunset lighting on St. Mark's Square. Finally, the lost luggage arrives! Perillo Tours home office was helpful in finding the lost luggage.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V381 Italy travel: Venice's St. Mark's Square feeding pigeons, part 4. Other tourists shrieked when the pigeons landed on them. Our kids just laughed. Did the rest of our Perillo Tours Familia fare as well?
*******ourvideosite****/View/V379 Venice, Italy travel: St. Mark's Square feeding pigeons, part 2. The Perillo tour guide book doesn't mention how much fun this activity can be. Wikipedia has a sense of humor, defining St. Mark's Square in Venice as ...the central landmark and gathering place for Venice, Piazza San Marco is extremely popular with tourists, photographers, and pigeons. Ya think?
*******ourvideosite****/View/V378 Venice, Italy travel: St. Mark's Square feeding pigeons. Here's video of the best two Euro we ever spent! Those pigeons in St. Mark's Square are quite persistent, even when the seed is gone. Did you ever notice the first three letters of 'pigeon' is 'pig'? Hmmm. Hopefully the rest of our Perillo Tours Familia had time to experience this most interesting event. (By the way, yelling at the pigeons in Spanish is ineffective.)
*******ourvideosite****/View/V377 Venice, Italy travel: Rialto Bridge exploration. Both sides of the Rialto Bridge provide excellent views of the canals of Venice, Italy. There's another tour company (not Perillo tours) that uses a picture of the Rialto Bridge in Venice on the cover of it's Europe guide book. Not the Eiffel Tower, or Big Ben, or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. They use the Rialto Bridge as their cover representation of all of Europe. It's a powerful sight!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V374 Venice, Italy travel: Gondola ride continued. In this, the best video segment of our gondola ride in Venice, the blessed song of the canals continues, only this time accentuated by the most sublime streaks of sunshine. If you try, you can ignore the falic-u-lee in the background, and hear the gondola's oar in the canal. Perillo Tours ought to give a no singing option to the gondola ride in Venice.