Category Archives: Italy

Piedmont – Day 2 – Getting acquainted with Alba

Our first full day in Alba was an easy day of getting acquainted with our surroundings. After sleeping in a little bit, we walked down to the Piazza Risorgimento to meet up with Jan and Dave for lunch. Many more … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Day 1 – Getting settled in Alba

It took a couple hours to drive from Milan Malpensa Airport to the town of Alba, but the scenery along the way was wonderful. Looking forward to exploring some of the small towns and vineyards over the next week and … Continue reading

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Piedmont – The Adventure Begins

Usually our journeys start with a quick taxi ride to the airport, but not today. Today, we had our own chauffeur for our ride to Toronto. Ok, we were actually picked up by friends Jan and Dave, who are accompanying … Continue reading

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Counting down to Piedmont

It won’t be long now until we leave for the Piedmont wine region of Italy. In fact, it’s just three weeks away. So I’ve been asked where Piedmont is exactly and what is there to see or do. So I … Continue reading

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Day 32 – Heading Home – Milan to Zurich to NYC to Buffalo

“Home Sweet Home” “The Thrill of Coming Home has Never Changed” “Traveling is so much better when you know you have a wonderful home to go back to” Who writes that nonsense? Yes, we are back home safe and sound. … Continue reading

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Day 31 – Milan to the suburbs

Our semi-whirlwind stay in Milan ended with one last visit to the Milano Centrale train station. Upon checking out of the hotel, they arranged a taxi for us and off we went. We decided to stay close to the airport … Continue reading

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Day 30 – Milan – DaVinci’s The Last Supper – Il Cenacola

We had to get up early today to get to the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. That’s where we picked up our tickets to view Leonardo DaVinci’s Last Supper or Il Cenacola. We had reservations for the 8:45 am … Continue reading

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Day 29 – Off to Milan – Italy here we come!

Lugano has been delightful, but now it’s time to move on again. We took our time getting ready and packing this morning; there’s no rush since we don’t have to checkout until 11:00 and our train doesn’t leave until 1:00 … Continue reading

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Piedmont – Wine, truffles and scenery to die for!

At least that’s what we’ve been told. Later this year, we’ll be able to see for ourselves. While we were thinking about visiting some wine regions in France, the “Gilet Jaune” or “Yellow Vest” protesters have changed our minds. The … Continue reading

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Italy in review – Questions and answers…

Buffalo, NY So we’re back home and just getting our body clocks back in sync. Thanks to everyone who read along. It makes it much more fun to share the journey with others. Wish it could have been a group … Continue reading

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Day 34 – From Rome to Home

Buffalo, NY Early morning alarms woke us up at 4:45 am. We need to take showers, pack and check out by 7:00 am when our car arrives to take us to the airport. Everything went smoothly despite our eyes being … Continue reading

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Day 33 – Pantheon and chill

Rome, Italy Hard to believe but today is our final day in Rome. After all of the walking tours and exploration of the city for the past few days, we decided to make today an easy transition day. We slept … Continue reading

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Day 32 – Chasing Angels and Demons

Rome, Italy We’ve been looking forward to today’s tour, though after all the walking the last few days my legs aren’t as excited. Being fans of Dan Brown, today we are taking the “Angels and Demons” Tour. We will follow … Continue reading

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Day 31 – The Colosseum and Roman Forum

Roma, Italy Our tour today will be at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum and promises to be lots of walking. Someone told us that Rome is like lasagne – lots of layers built on top of each … Continue reading

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Day 30 – Vatican City and the Borghese Gallery

Rome, Italy Early to rise today, we’re scheduled to take the “Pristine Sistine” tour at the Vatican and we have to meet the group at 7:15 am. The Herkeys getting somewhere at 7:15 am? I tell you it’s true! Everyone … Continue reading

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