Italy

 
  • Trieste – a Crossroads

    11 July '18 - It was finally time to leave Verona. After double-checking the time and platform, we boarded our train right on time and settled in for Trieste, Italy. A new set of ...
  • Arrivederci Verona!

    09 July '18 - After our delightful trip to Bergamo, it was time to get serious about packing and getting ready to depart Verona, a place that for two months has become familiar and ...
  • Italy, Art and Automobiles

    04 July '18 - Italian automotive aesthetic mastery has been exemplified by sleek elegance, understated, clean beauty and an innovative style. It has admirably carried on the tradition and elegance of classic Italian art. ...
  • A surprise in Bergamo

    04 July '18 - We had planned a visit to Bergamo (pronounced BARE-gah-mo), and we knew that it would require an overnight stay, and for good reason, the city was truly a medieval gem. ...
  • All was going well, and then …

    28 June '18 - They say that accidents most often happen within 40 km (25 mi) of home. Not always, and that can add a whole different dimension. This post was penned by ...
  • Padua, it is.

    26 June '18 - My brother and his wife were eager to go on with us someplace that we hadn’t yet visited. As we scrutinized a map, it seemed that there was one very ...
  • The Giro d’Italia

    18 June '18 - Of bicycling’s three Grand Tours, the Giro d’Italia is the first of the season. Of all the things that my brother Mike was excited about seeing during this visit, ...
  • Il Mio Fratellino – My Little Brother

    13 June '18 - Well, even though he stopped being “little” many years ago, he is still my “little brother.” In any case, we were excited that Mike and his lovely wife Kathy, were ...
  • Malcesine – part 2

    05 June '18 - The plan was to go up to Monte Baldo, but the day had other plans. The morning was cold, windy, and overcast, so we just wandered. Malcesine is as charming ...
  • Malcesine – part 1

    03 June '18 - Our brief day-trip to Peschiera made us want to return to Lake Garda and the mountains soon. The weather looked good to spend two nights in the small lake-side town ...
  • Pescheira del Garda

    20 May '18 - Our first trip to Sirmione (Seer-me-OH-nay) on Lake Garda didn’t turn out as we had planned. It didn’t turn out bad at all, just different than planned. Read the full ...
  • Bolzano / Bozen – Confused? We Were.

    17 May '18 - There was a different feel to this city in the once-Austrian, and now-Italian region of South Tirol. When I tried speaking my rudimentary Italian, I had the feeling that someone ...
  • Brescia

    14 May '18 - Best known as a manufacturing center, Brescia is much more than an industrial town. Its significant history, art, and architecture made for a full day’s visit, leaving much still to ...
  • A return to Venice

    08 May '18 - The last time we were in Venice, it was our first time to Venice, it was winter, and it was cold. This time it wasn’t cold, and it was more ...
  • Verona – WWII and Today

    06 May '18 - During World War II Verona, because of its strategic importance, was a target for heavy Allied bombing. he city suffered considerable damage, and to add insult to injury, the retreating ...
  • Fossil Hunting in Verona

    02 May '18 - As we first walked into the apartment building that we would call home for the next two months, I looked down at the polished limestone and marble floor and in ...
  • Romeo $ Juliet

    30 April '18 - Spoiler Alert: “Romeo and Juliet” is fiction; Love is real; and the two are not mutually exclusive or equivalent. Oh, and Shakespeare was a genius. Read the full post here ...
  • Le Piccole Cose

    28 April '18 - For us, there are many advantages to being in one place for a while. We re-learn them every time we travel and stay in a new place. We realize it ...
  • A Morning Serenade?

    23 April '18 - Interesting things happen most often when you least expect them. Read the full post here ...
  • Visitare Vicenza

    22 April '18 - We are in our third week in Verona and were in need of another trip, “So, let’s go to Vicenza this Saturday,” Jeannie says. Without looking up, I reply “OK.” ...
  • La Bella Addormentata

    16 April '18 - Mantua is known to the locals as La Bella Addormentata – the Sleeping Beauty. While this ancient city is often overlooked by those scurrying between the more popular destinations, it ...
  • Primavera Italiana!

    10 April '18 - Primavera, or springtime, is without question, the best time to visit just about any place, and Italy is certainly no exception. And while most people only think of Verona as ...
  • The Tooth – a bite too far

    05 April '18 - Not long before we left Florida for Italy I was eating something, and bit down onto a hard peppercorn. Letting out a yelp, it felt like a hot poker in ...
  • Di Nuovo in Viaggio

    03 April '18 - The travel bug. Wanderlust. Itchy feet. Whatever you may call it we have a serious case. And this time we are in Verona, Italy. Ah, fair Verona, where we lay ...
  • Escape to Rome

    24 February '15 - We had mixed feelings about leaving Venice. With only three days there, we had just barely been able to taste the mystery and beauty of the place. But Carnevale was ...
  • Venice – Magic, Romance, and Water

    14 February '15 - We barely scratched the surface of Florence and its treasures before we had to leave. But that is the risk of travel. Even in those places we have stayed for ...
  • Birthplace of the Renaissance … Florence

    05 February '15 - Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, was founded as a Roman military colony about the 1st century BC. During the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries Florence achieved preeminence in commerce ...
  • Snow Days …

    02 February '15 - This is another of the out-of-sequence posts that I have to share now and again, but it is a story that bears telling. Jeannie and I, along with my brother Mike ...
  • … Everything changes

    01 February '15 - To paraphrase Heraclitus of Ephesus, c. 535 – c. 475 BCE, The only thing that is constant is change. It was 15 years ago in spring that we began a month-long ...
  • Language problems? No.

    20 January '15 - As we have traveled in foreign places, one of the joys and one of the curses has been dealing with the language. Now that we are in Italy, we have ...
  • A Roman Bridge to Cesi

    12 January '15 - No, the Roman bridge doesn’t lead to Cesi directly, but after several days of being stuck indoors with the flu, we had a wonderful drive. First, we only had to ...
  • Carsulae

    09 January '15 - Carsulae is a well-preserved Roman city located in the Umbria countryside. It grew up as a way station on a previously unoccupied site shortly after the Via Flaminia was built ...
  • Feasting in Italy

    06 January '15 - We’ve been in Italy for just over two weeks, and it’s been cold, rainy, cold, snowy, cold, and did I say cold? But there was only one day, in Orvieto, ...
  • A Neighborhood Walk

    05 January '15 - A 5 mile (8k) ramble on country roads up to Colpetrazzo, a tiny village up on the side of the Martani mountains. We strode on paved roads, dirt, and stone; ...
  • Snow!

    04 January '15 - When we came to Italy, it was to hopefully get away from some of the colder weather further north in France. It didn’t work out that way. In fact, much ...
  • To Italy We Go …

    31 December '14 - It was odd that it only took a 1.5 hour flight to travel to Rome. So much longer when you start in US. It will be interesting to travel around ...