Month: December 2012

9 Reasons to Visit Italy

9 Reasons to Visit Italy

Day 17 – Final Day in Rome We took a taxi to the airport. It was an Italian man who drove us, probably in his late twenties, who could speak some English and was very friendly. He asked us both if we’d ever been to […]

Day Trip: Naples & Pompei

Day Trip: Naples & Pompei

Day 16 – Naples & Pompei, Italy We were up at 6 today, picked up by a Trolley, which brought us literally around the block to the tour station. Had we known, we could have easily walked. What’s one block when you’ve spent more than […]

Some Down time in Rome

Some Down time in Rome

Day 15 – Rome, Italy Today I had hoped to do a day trip to Pompei, but because I am stingy with money, I wasn’t sure about booking the trip through our hotel. I was certain that there had to be a cheaper way to […]

Pope, Coliseum, & Roman Forum

Pope, Coliseum, & Roman Forum

Day 14 – Rome, Italy We got up early today, anxious to catch the pope at his papal blessing. We arrived with no problem at 9 45, and found seats on the aisle, easier to sneak out if necessary. The man next to us was […]

Final Stop: Rome, Italy

Final Stop: Rome, Italy

  Day 12– Rome, Italy We finally arrived in Rome after spending 2 hours circling one-way streets, desperately trying to figure out where to return our rental car. We eventually found this tiny parking garage on a one-way street, about 5 blocks from the railway […]

Tivoli, Italy

Tivoli, Italy

Day 11 – Tivoli, Italy We had some fun on the way to Tivoli, laughing at some of the road signs. I just had to draw pictures of the road signs that we saw so we could remember them. There were hilarious signs in the […]

Catholic Rome: Day at the Vatican

Catholic Rome: Day at the Vatican

Day 13 – Rome, Italy Today we woke up around 7. We didn’t want to miss our continental breakfast, ending at 9 15. We made it. It was crowded, though. There were about 15 tables, all filled. I had frosted flake-like cereal, but not quite […]

The Search for our Italian Ancestors in Abruzzo, Italy

The Search for our Italian Ancestors in Abruzzo, Italy

Day 10 – Caramanico, Sant’ Eufemia, Italy After my husband tore me away from the beautiful La Ghiandia (meaning: The Garden), we took off for the Abruzzo region of Italy, the most remote we would experience on the entire trip, but well worth it. We […]

Tuscan Paradise

Tuscan Paradise

SAERTANO, TUSCANY, ITALY :  La Ghiandaia Treat yourself to a taste of Tuscany at its finest. Located in the rolling hills of Saertano at the foot of Mount Cetona lies La Ghiandaia, a 1,700 year old converted Church which boasts several uniquely decorated guest rooms […]

The Hills of Tuscany

The Hills of Tuscany

Day 9 – Tuscany: Siena & Montepulciano, Italy Today we slept in a little bit, packed up our things, and grabbed a light breakfast. We weren’t supposed to pick up our rental car until 1 p.m., but in our exhaustion, we decided that we’d skip […]