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Nov 16, 2018 - Last Day In Rome, Italy

Mamma Mia!! We have to go home tomorrow!! Good news - Bad news!! It will be very good to get home and sleep in our own bed!!! But we have enjoyed our travels so much that we will miss all of the adventure!! Today we visited the Borghese Museum. It is a private collection of statues and paintings but almost as beautiful as the Vatican Museum. We couldn't take pictures so you'll have to take my word for it. It did have a beautiful park surrounding it!! Then we got on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus for a ride around Rome. It was wonderful to see...

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Nov 15, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 4

Today was the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!!! It was wonderful!! Not many people were there and we took our time just taking in all the beautiful works of art. Of course there is no way to see everything; it is just too huge. The pictures will show you a selection of things we saw - statuary, ceiling paintings, and the Pope's carriages and cars. The Sistine Chapel was the highlight! We were able to find seats along the wall and spent an hour looking up at the beauty. We had audio-phones that tried to explain the painting to us,...

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Nov 14, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 3

Today, Luca our guide, takes us on a walk to the Jewish ghetto. The dictionary definition of ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, typically as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. Of course during World War II when Jews were forced into certain parts of a town or city and were called ghettos, it became a negative word. In Rome, Jews were forced to live in this area, but then later were free to live anywhere and the walls and gates were torn down. Now this Jewish Ghetto has become a very trendy...

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Nov 13, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 2

Our first full day in Rome!! We start out early walking, since old town Rome is not that big. We walk toward The Spanish Steps down Via Condotti. This street has stores of all the famous Italian fashion designers. Prices are out of this world. We arrive at the Spanish Steps. The monumental stairway of 174 steps was built when a French diplomat gave money to have them built in order to link the Spanish Embassy with the French Church. Of course there is much more to the story, but suffice it to say they could have been called the French...

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Nov 12, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 1

Today we left Malta and flew to Rome, Italy!! We got here about noon, checked into our beautiful hotel and met our new guide, Luca. He gave us a short walking tour around our hotel to show us the many places to eat. He also covered the schedule for the rest of the week. He then left us on our own. We're with another couple, Roger and Sandy. We strolled the streets to find something to eat. We found this wonderful hole-in-the-wall pizza place with the best pizza ever!! See photos!! Then we found the next most wonderful place to eat, the...

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Oct 5, 2018 - Rome

Buonasera from Rome, Yesterday we ended up walking over 22 km! It started with a walk through Trastevere. Then we made our way up the hill to Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi and enjoyed a great view of the city. We carried on along the path, then down the hill and finally ended up in Vatican City. While there, we figured out where we needed to go the next morning for our visit to The Vatican Museum. Then we headed back across the Tiber River stopping for lunch and a well deserved rest. In the afternoon we ended up in Piazza del Popolo, climbed...

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Oct 4, 2018 - Day 21- Rome and home - no content yet

Last day today. I left the kids sleep until 8:30 and after they showered, we went out to the garden for breakfast. There was an assortment of pastries, boiled eggs and the crunchy toast squares with jam, Nutella, cheese and butter. It was a beautiful morning. Then off to the room to do a final pack.

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Oct 3, 2018 - Naples to Rome

Buonasera, Yesterday we took the high speed train from Naples to Rome. It was quick and easy. What a great way to travel! We checked into our hotel which is near The Pantheon. Sharon and Charlie arrived about half an hour later. Yippeee!!!! After getting settled we headed out for a walk. We went in search of The Trevi Fountain but due to a glitch with our navigation system (had it on car instead of walking mode...oops), we didn’t find the fountain. So we stopped for pizza and regrouped. After lunch we found the Spanish Steps, went for a...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Day 20 - Sorrento to Roma via Napoli

I was awake a bit before the kids so showered and dressed before I woke them. The alarm went off at the agreed wake up time of 5:30 so I turned on the light with much fan fare. Wasn't received all that well. The kids are both tired so are struggling in the mornings however it wasn't too long before the showering, dressing and packing was underway. We were on schedule to get down to the port in plentry of time for our ferry. The desk clerk called a taxi and I jokingly said to the kids it will probably cost us €20 to go less than 1km. Guess...

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Sep 25, 2018 - A few days in Rome

A few days of relaxation and sightseeing in Rome. We said our farewells to Ian on Sunday night, as he was taking the train to Verona early on Monday morning. Monday Tom, Richard and I went to the Vatican in search of our pilgrim Testamonium document. The place was open but alas they were too busy with other things, and asked us to come back in the afternoon. So we queued up for a look at St Peters cathedral. After about 45 mins the guys got in but my knees were showing (I was in shorts) and I was vanquished by the dress code police. Good...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Stage 30 Monterosi to Rome (Vatican)

Overview/ Highlights Tried to get away before 8 this morning but didn’t quite make it. As we rode off down the road on a quiet Sunday morning, the Ferrari club zoomed past. Must have been at least 20 of them out for a drive along country roads. Wasn’t long before our route took us on a very narrow walking track next to the highway. It was lined with overgrown blackberries so tore at our arms as we passed. We soon found ourselves on more gravel roads and this time there were plenty of mountain bike riders about. Surely we impressed them...

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Sep 19, 2018 - Day 6 - The Vatican

The hotel isn't in the greatest location however provided you are happy to catch the shuttle and train, bus and train or Uber to and from the train station, it's not bad for the price. Certainly not the 4 star hotel it's supposed to be and it looks as though it's used by lots of tour groups. We've been enjoying the buffet breakfast though. Lots of delicious, crunchy bacon (looks more like prosciutto), eggs, fruit, pastries, ham, continental meats and cheese. Riley was consistent with bacon, scrambled eggs and ham. We caught the 9:30 shuttle...

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