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2013 Italy Travel Blog

Return to San Diego

The return flight wasn’t departing until a little past noon so some time left to take in the Spanish Steps. By the I arrived there was a crowd. Nothing to really right home about and a little disappointing. One last stroll through Villa Borghese and back to the hotel a ride to Rome airport. Left […]

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Tivoli

After breakfast a short bus ride to see the Spanish Steps. This is a very popular place with tourists so I went there first thing in the morning to try an avoid the masses of tourists like myself. There were already plenty of people there but not too overwhelming. Nonetheless it wasn’t that impressive but […]

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The Vatican

Left early to get to the Vatican City which is 20 minutes from my hotel. Tram in front of my hotel took just 2 blocks from the museum entrance. At 8:00 my group entered ad walk through the museum to get to the Sistine Chapel. We were allowed to enter prior to the general public […]

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Roman Forum / Colosseum

Started my with my tour group outside the Colosseum metro station. 12 people and a great tour guide Gregory. The first place we went to was the Roman Forum. This was the economic, religious and political center of Rome. First as a republic and then as an empire. Then we went up Palatine Hill which […]

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Rome

Left Florence on an Italo train. This is a new train line in Italy that is very nice. They have a separate waiting room for just Italo customers and announce when certain trains are leaving and what platforms. Beats standing around in the main station looking for somewhere to seat amongst hundreds of noise people. […]

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Lucca

Took the train to Lucca in the morning. Lucca is an old city that has retained its medieval city wall. You can walk or bike around the whole old city on top of the wall. Like all these old cities the streets are narrow, they have old church’s and towers. After returning to Florence I […]

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Siena

Went to the Florence regional bus station and hopped on a bus to Siena. The ride was just a few minutes over an hour. Siena is perched on a hill and there are many streets to go up and down on, unlike the middle of Florence. The two main attractions are Piazza del Campo and […]

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Historic Florence

After breakfast on the top floor with the sun rising over Florence I caught the shuttle into the old historic center of Florence. First stop the Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David. Rather incredible as it is 17 feet tall. After that, a stroll to see the Duomo but, being Sunday it was closed. On […]

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Pisa & Florence

Left Monterosso this morning on a train to Pisa. At Pisa I checked my baggage at the train station and jump on a city bus to the Duomo. That’s the name for the large basilicas in Italy. At Pisa they have an enormous basilica, baptistery and bell tower. The bell tower is the famous one […]

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Hiking the Cinque Terre

Started the morning with a cappuccino, banana and pesto pizza. Yummy! No really yummy! Started hiking from Monterosso to Vernazza a for an hour and half trek. Little did I know it was the hardest trail between two Cinque Terre towns. The 1 1/2 hours turned into 3. You hike way up the cliffs overlooking […]

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Venice-Milan- Cinque Terre

Last day in Venice so one more walk to a different neighborhood. Took the train to Milan and changed trains there to go to Monterosso. It is one of five towns that make up the Cinque Terre. Cinque means Italian for five. Wonderful dinner at a sidewalk cafe overlooking the Mediterrean Sea. ” template=”default” order_by=”imagedate” […]

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Venice – St. Marks

Left the hotel this morning for a tour of St. Marks cathedral and the Dodges Palace. Our tour was small, only 12 people and our guide Francesca was very good. The bronze horses that belonged to Emperor Constantine were on display. Archeologists believe they were actually made by the Greeks before Constantine grabbed them away. […]