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Fall 2022 – Heading home from Italy

After forty-six days of meandering our way around Italy, it was time to head home. It wasn’t a direct route to home though. We flew from Rome to Washington DC, but due to the schedules, we decided to stay overnight … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Rome: Pt 2

“Holy Cannoli” – seven weeks have passed and we’re heading home in the morning. When we last left our intrepid travelers on Saturday, they were both feeling better and looking forward to finishing off with a bang. It was more … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Rome: Pt 1

Our final visit is to the eternal city – Rome. We’ll have seven days to explore and enjoy the sites and tastes of the city. We are staying at Albergo del Senato. We truly love our hotel. The rooms are … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Orvieto

Right after breakfast, our driver arrived and we were off to Orvieto. The ride over was a pleasant one – beautiful scenery and sunny skies. It took just a little over an hour and fifteen minutes before we arrived. We … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Montepulciano

Heading a little bit south, our next stop was in Montepulciano. You might be surprised, but among many other things that they are famous for, they are also known for their wines – especially Vino Nobile de Montepulciano and Rosso … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Gaiole in Chianti: Part 3

Another beautiful morning in Tuscany. We saved the best for last. Today we visited the vineyards and winery of Felsina. We had the VIP tour and lunch tasting and we loved every minute of it. Our guide for the day … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Gaiole in Chianti: Part 2

A new day and time for some exploring. Our fellow explorer will be our driver/guide Andrea. He was a perfect guide for us – easy going, versatile, knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor. Andrea arrived at the hotel … Continue reading

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Fall 2022 – Tuscany – Gaiole in Chianti

Our time in Florence was delightful, but it’s moving-on time. The next phase of our journey is a leisurely tour of Tuscany. We’ll be spending ten days touring with the folks from Audley Travel. It’s a private tour, not a … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Florence: Part 4

We got our wish. When we woke up this morning, the sun was shining with just a few puffy white clouds floating across the sky. We took our time with breakfast and getting cleaned up, as our tickets for the … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Florence: Part 3

A new day and the threat of more rain later in the day. No matter though, as we will be inside the Uffizi Gallery today. We had our breakfast: Sue enjoying her yogurt and me finishing up the biscotti. Our … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Florence: Part 2

We woke up to a little more rain. It will likely rain on and off all day, so we’ll definitely be taking our jackets and umbrella with us. We ate breakfast, cleaned up and got ready to go. Today we … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Florence: Part 1

Moving away from the coastline, our next location is the Renaissance city of Florence – Firenze to the Italians. We have five days to enjoy ourselves and explore the city. We rented an apartment in Florence that is located just … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre to Florence

Time to move on from the Cinque Terre. After our previous experiences with them, we decided to alter our plans a little bit and go with the Daytrip folks once again. This time it was just a non-stop drive from … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre: Part 5

Hard to believe this was our final day in the Cinque Terre. Tomorrow we move on to Florence, but today we’ll enjoy Monterosso Al Mare. The surf was rocking again this morning. The waves rolling in and crashing against the … Continue reading

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Italy 2022 – Cinque Terre: Part 4

When we woke up, the skies were partly cloudy, but the winds were blowing from the west – which had the surf really pounding the shoreline. The red flags were flying, meaning no swimming. It also meant no boats would … Continue reading

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