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May 17, 2017 - Rome

I've got muscles hurting where I didn't know I had muscles. Another big day in Rome. First stop the Colosseum. WOW. We used Rick Steves free audio guide on our phones again. Great way to do it. After the big C we headed to the forum, onto the Spanish steps and over to the Borghese Gardens and Villa. I know a lot of you have been here, so you'll know what I mean when I say this city is amazing and very humbling. The ruins are just everywhere and a lot of it is free. The crowds haven't been as bad as expected. Trevi Fountain was the...

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May 16, 2017 - La Spezia to Roma

Took a nearly 4 hour train tip today from La Spezia but the scenery was beautiful with Tuscany on the left and the TyrrhenianSea on the right. Got spoilt with a pick up from station to apartment. Another 30 min trudge over cobble stones just seemed too much. Great apartment on the 4th level with elevator. 𯘜 Took a walk to check out our neighbourhood and find the local supermarket to stock up on goodies. We are about 100m from Coloseum which we will visit again in a couple of days.

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May 16, 2017 - Rome

My body is aching. We calculated we walked about 13 k today. From home, over the Tiber River', through Trastevere up to the Vatican City back over the Tiber to the Piazza Navona for Osso Bucco for lunch, the Trevi Fountain and home for a well earned glass (or 2) of Proscecco. More again tomorrow. I should have lost weight. By the way, i've visited a reasonable number of cities in the world and I don't think I've seen one with as many people standing/sitting at corners, tables, benches with maps in their hands trying to figure out where they...

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May 9, 2017 - Rome

We returned to the Borghese Gallery and park to spend the day like we did 5 years ago. The park is expansive and beautiful. Again, lunch was from a food truck. However, the largo, lake for those who do not speak Italian, was drained. A big disappointment. The gallery was as impressive as ever, and this time we were able to take photographs. Dinner was on a bustling side street outside the Pantheon. Wonderful food and good company on our last night with our posse.

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May 8, 2017 - Rome

We disembarked in Rome after 16 days at sea and at ports. It was a great cruise and we signed up for one next spring to Dublin. After arriving at our hotel, we were tour guides and took our fellow travelers to the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. After lunch we walked 40 minutes to our hotel. It was a pleasant walk and just before we crossed the Tiber River, we came across an extremely talented artist selling his art on the street. We bought an oil painting from him that caught our eye. Dinner that evening was at a local,...

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May 4, 2017 - A million steps

If I were titling this entry it might not be permissible due to language used...but we still had a great time and Peggy and I gave our Fit Bits a great workout...not to mention our poor legs and feet! We did over 28,000 steps and saw many sites several times...Yes, we walked in circles or perhaps better said, we walked in large rectangles. We went to the Catacombs and did well getting there but had a heck of a time coming home. And for those who know her, you will understand the import when I say that we got to a point where Peggy agreed...

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A Group in Greece

May 3, 2017 - Separate Stories

What a great day just rambling through Rome! Jan and Rick headed for Vatican City and Peggy and I headed for Piazza de Spagna. We each discovered great places and took some good pics! We haven't gone out to dinner yet, but I know it will be great! Peggy and I did the Piazza de Spagna - WAY lots of people - we were much happier wandering through the 3rd largest park in Rome, Borghese Gardens, and we only saw a tiny portion of it - very au natural! We also discovered the BEST pizza place - wine and pizza....we came home a bit over-wined and...

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A Group in Greece

May 2, 2017 - disembark

Usually the day a cruise ends is a sad one, especially when we have a long flight ahead of us to get home. Since today is Ken's birthday, it was a double bummer that there was no way to celebrate this auspicious event. Our flight home is too early to make it to the airport on time today. Civitavecchia, the port, is over an hour's drive away from the airport, so we decided to stay at an airport hotel today, rather than cutting it too close and missing the plane. But today turned out to be a wonderful day because we had an extra special...

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May 2, 2017 - Roaming

Our first full day in Rome! We had a leisurely morning and then hit the cobblestones around 11ish. Still got in over 15,000 steps! Beautiful and sunny day. More tourists than I expected this early in May; we found Campo de Fiori much more "commercialized" than our last visit - there were only 2 really wonderful flower vendors - the rest of the piazza was given over to a general market, we'll see who's there tomorrow! We ate dinner in tonight - cheeses, salume, vino bianco, Prosecco and a warm loaf of bread from the 24-hour forno (bakery)...

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A Group in Greece

Apr 24, 2017 - Bella Roma

Rome - April 24-27 Our wonderful Orbassano family made a caravan of three vehicles to take us (and all of our luggage) to the train station in Torino. Our grandchildren have their first experience of the luxury and ease of train travel in Europe and we arrive in Rome mid-afternoon. Our private transfer took us to our apartment on Via Fornaci which is minutes from the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. We're all thrilled with the location and amenities. The challenge of travelling with nine people and all their luggage is that it takes...

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Apr 12, 2017 - Rome - enjoying the lesser known treasures

With the exception of the absolutely splendid Trevi Fountain, most of my two days in Rome has been about exploring some of the less touristed, 'second-tier' sites. But, of course, being Rome, these lesser known churches and palazzos would be worthy of superstar status in any other city! On my late night arrival in Rome on Monday, I was struck by the warm golden tones of many of the buildings in the old city. Next morning, blue skies and sunshine welcomed me. The city and grand buildings seemed spruced up, compared to my thirty year old...

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Mar 17, 2017 - Best. Day. Ever

David and I have both been in Rome many times and we feel like once you see everything, it's time to start doing things, so today we have a cooking lesson with Paolo. Paolo is a third generation Italian chef, who has cooked all over Europe and has settled in Rome with his wife and 2 year old who is so cute! Paulo is pretty damn cute himself. So we met him near the Campo di Fiori and set off to shop for the food we would be making. This class has a maximum of 8 students, but since it's still low season, we were the only two attending, so we...

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