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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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We're in Denial

Mar 16, 2017 - Travel day

We're going to call it that, although the actual train trip from Florence to Rome is about an hour and a half. By the time we got off the train to the metro to the elevator where the teenage girls herded us and then tried to pick our pockets, to three levels down, over the tracks, back up and dragging our bags to the apartment, it was noon, my ankle and foot are still swollen and we are both coming down with colds. Or something. In our chests. So we ate lunch directly across the street. Spaghetti carbonara - spaghetti coated in cream, parm...

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We're in Denial

Dec 5, 2016 - Time management problems

With five days in Rome, luckily we'd done and see most everything we wanted to at this point, but we had to catch the Colosseum today after missing it yesterday, and we also had an exclusive tour of the Vatican Necropolis. So, the Scavi tour is offered to a scant 200-250 people a day. In comparison, the Vatican Museums let in between 25000 and 30000 people a day. The tour goes under St. Peter's Basilica into not on the tombs of many past popes, but deep into the ancient necropolis and to the site they believe to be the actual grave of St....

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Dec 4, 2016 - Lazy Sunday Strikes Again

This was a surprise day for us, because we thought we had a tour, but it was in fact for tomorrow! Yay! After Pompeii we were so excited to sleep in. Well, I was. Megan still got up and head breakfast. She's weird. I informed Megan that my clothing situation was not going to make it until we got home and laundry was a must today, so we packed up some laundry bags and headed to a laundromat where we could actually leave our clothes and they would do them for us! Bonus! By the time we dropped our junk off, it was probably 12:30, so we...

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Dec 3, 2016 - Pompeii Day!

Pompeii was almost a nonstarter. Megan set an alarm, I didn't. We both overslept. We were supposed to be in Piazza del Popolo at 7:15 for our 7:30 departure. The piazza is a twenty minute walk from our hotel. We woke up at 7am. Panic! Luckily, I am very fast at getting ready to go. We got out of the hotel at about 7:08 and began our speed walking. Luckily, it was mostly downhill and otherwise flat. However, I have to say, like most roads in Europe, there are some serious uneven paths they expect you to walk on. Without tripping or injury,...

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Dec 2, 2016 - Vatican City

Vatican City Day! I am very excited about this day because I am a Dan Brown fan. And if that means nothing to you, go read a book. :) Anywho, Dan Brown wrote Angela and Demons, which is a sort of mystery thriller set in Roma, with emphasis on the Vatican. So I was quite excited to see these places in person, having seen them in the film. We took the metro for the first time to get to our meeting point. It was somewhat less obvious than some of the others we have taken, but Rome has a very interesting metro system in general. Only two...

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Dec 1, 2016 - Roma! Day one

I am being nagged because I am three days behind on blogs. Never fear. I'm on it! Right, so this morning, we had to be up a bit early (7am) so that we could get to the airport two hours before our 10am flight to Rome. Naturally, on these days we fully intend to go to bed early and then fail miserably and end up grumpy in the morning. Oh well. Oh, and also, there was snow! Honest to goodness snow on the ground. And on cars. And trees. It was very fun to see. Glad we weren't sticking around though. We caught a taxi as we figured it was way...

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Nov 11, 2016 - Rome - Day 2

Friday: I had a light breakfast this time and since I was checking out I had to pay for it which cost me 12,00 euros but I did need to eat before going out. Breakfast was the cheapest one as I ate some cereal, fruit and had coffee. . I checked out and left my bags at the front desk then found a Taxi outside to take me to the Coliseum. He didn't take credit cards so I had to pay 7,90 euros. Note to self, be sure to check first that they take cc's next time. . After arriving at the Coliseum, I started taking photos right away from the high...

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My Trip To Italy

Nov 10, 2016 - Rome

Thursday: I had a very weird night of sleep waking up at 4am for some reason after around 4 hours of sleep and I couldn't go back to sleep until 6. When I was awakened by my alarm at 8:30, I felt very disoriented. I showered and went to breakfast hoping it was just hunger but eating only seemed to make matters worse. The food although good seemed to be too rich and heavy as it was my 3rd morning of scrambled eggs, meat and cheese, coffee and a sweet roll. I pushed on though and checked at the front desk about using the bus system to get...

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My Trip To Italy

Nov 6, 2016 - Rome Italy - Holiday Inn Eur Parco Dei Medici

After disembarking the Jewel of the Seas in Civitavecchia, we took a tour back to Rome. First stop was Vatican City and St. Peter’s Square. That turned out to be all we got to see at the Vatican. Pope Francis was celebrating a Mass for criminals that day and they had St. Peter’s Basilica under heavy security. We had to go through 2 security checkpoints just to get into the square. But, at least I’ll know what I’m looking at the next time I see pictures of the Pope in St. Peter’s square. Not seeing the inside of St. Peter’s Basilica was...

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