Category Italy

Europe – Why Do We Love It So 1977, Part One

As we begin to return to traveling at the rate we managed since I started this blog back in 2013, there will still be some gaps between trips that I will need to fill from time to time.  So, much like I did with the Why Do We Love Yosemite series I recently posted, I’ll […]

Europe 2014 – Milano – Our Last Night in Italy and the Last Supper, Literally

Timeline: October 23rd – 24th We left late morning for Milano with a three-hour drive ahead of us on toll roads. Starting just before the drive, and then throughout, I was in a foul mood, similar to those experienced from time to time throughout the trip. I think this one was brought on by the […]

Europe 2014 – Florence – Like Returning Home

Timeline: October 21st – 22nd The drive up to Florence took about six hours, but was manageable, as we’d made a reservation at Hotel Anna’s in the center of town, not far from the Basilica of San Lorenzo and the Duomo. That being said, once we arrived, the GPS wanted to send us down what […]

Europe 2014 – Amalfi Coast – Like Cinque Terre, But Different

Timeline: October 19th – 20th With just one day to see the area surrounding the Amalfi Coast, we opted to follow the recommendation of the Steve’s guide and use the bus and ferries to ride up and down the coast between Sorrento and Amalfi. We left camp mid morning and walked a mile or so […]

Europe 2014 – Pompeii – Ancient Ruins and Fast Food Joints

Timeline: October 19th – 20th We cleared out of Camping Village Roma early as we had a nearly three-hour drive ahead of us to get to Pompeii and our tour there. The journey went smoothly, driving on the toll roads at a cost of 15 Euros, and we arrived per the GPS in a crowded […]

Europe 2014 – Roma – We Visit Great a Big Cathedral and Big Ruins

Timeline: October 16th – 18th After we made a quick switch of our units the next morning we departed for town to get to St. Peter’s early. As we walked from the bus stop (didn’t have to use the metro for this leg) we noticed slightly less foot traffic, a good sign, which rewarded us […]

Europe 2014 – Roma – We Visit A Great Big Museum

Timeline: October 16th – 18th The next two days in Rome would be busy ones, with many sites of interest to be explored. We had purchased our tickets in advance for the Vatican Museum, scheduled to enter it at 2:00pm on Friday the 17th. We left for town on the bus and the metro planning […]

Europe 2014 – Roma Pre – We Bid Arrividerchi to Lyndsay and Prepare for Nicole

Timeline: October 15th – 16th Our ride out to the airport to drop off Lyndsay went a bit smoother than our drive in to camp the night before. Rome’s airport sits about 15 miles west of town towards the sea and we drove against traffic streaming into the city for work. We bade farewell to […]

Europe 2014 – Siena 2 – A Tuscan Day Trip

Timeline: October 11th – 13th Having been to Italy and Siena once before, Lyndsay had a well-defined agenda for her short stay with us; drink wine and eat good food. Our objective for the Monday, plotted out the day before under the influence of a bottle of red wine, would be the two well-known cities […]

Europe 2014 – Siena – We Seek Out the Tuscan Wine and Food Experience

Timeline: October 11th – 13th Lyndsay arrived at the Siena Central Train Station late Saturday afternoon; we picked her up and brought her back the short distance to camp. We’d laid into some wine and snacks and spent an hour or two relaxing and getting caught up on news from home, solidifying plans for the […]