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Istanbul  •  Part I

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Lake Como was worth the detour. We did a tour from Milan and spent the day in the town of Como & Bellagio. As a Las Vegan, I can see where our Bellagio hotel drew inspiration from this quaint Lombardy town. I’ll have you know that the real town is so much better than the desert version! On our ferry ride from Como to Bellagio, we passed by dreamy villas by the lake. For all Star Wars fans, the villa pictured above is where Skywalker and Amidala got married. Since we’re talking Hollywood, I’ll also throw out the fact that we zoomed past Clooney’s villa as well.

Once our boat hit the docks of Bellagio, we followed our hunger to a restaurant situated at the best waterfront spot in town. We spent the best of the day soaking in Italian pasta, wine, and sunshine.

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 The past came to life in Rome. The ruins, the pick pockets, and the crowds were some of Rome’s signature experiences. Though neither of us fell victim to Rome’s skilled thieves, a woman on our Vatican tour got her camera stolen right in front of St. Peter. Apart from clutching our belongings till our knuckles went white, we were able to stuff our faces with plenty of cheesy pizzas. We also hit up a handful of the must-see, overly-crowded touristy spots!

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