Goodbye Rome, Hello Home: Trains, Plains, and Automobiles

After a great trip to Assisi and Rome, Italy, I had to get home and back to family and business. I was up early and left my hotel for the short walk to the Termini station at 7:00am. I caught the 7:22am Leonardo Express train to the Fiumicino airport. I was there by 8:00am. BecauseContinue reading “Goodbye Rome, Hello Home: Trains, Plains, and Automobiles”

Italy Day 8, Rome Day 4: Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums

Thursday: I left my touring of Ancient Rome to the last day of my visit. Having had a VERY long day with my hike to the Vatican and back on Wednesday, I decided to sleep in and when I woke up at 8:30a it was raining. I had been very fortunate weather-wise in my weekContinue reading “Italy Day 8, Rome Day 4: Colosseum, Palatine, Roman Forum, Capitoline Museums”

Italy Day 7, Rome Day 3: Papal Audience, Vatican Museum, Piazza Navona, Chiesa Sant’Agostino

Wednesday: For some reason, I did not hear the 7am church bells ringing next door to the hotel this morning, and so slept in until almost 8am. I tried to hustle a bit through breakfast because I wanted to catch the metro to the Vatican by 9:15a so I could make sure I got aContinue reading “Italy Day 7, Rome Day 3: Papal Audience, Vatican Museum, Piazza Navona, Chiesa Sant’Agostino”

Italy Day 6, Rome Day 2: Galleria Borghese, Museum of Modern Art, Piazza del Poppolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain

Tuesday: By far the highlight of this day was the Borghese Museum, which may have the highest proportion of masterpieces per square foot of any museum I’ve been in. I was particularly moved by the Bernini sculpture of Apollo and Daphne. If you approach it from behind, you see just Apollo, then as you comeContinue reading “Italy Day 6, Rome Day 2: Galleria Borghese, Museum of Modern Art, Piazza del Poppolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain”

Italy Day 5, Rome Day 1: Travel from Assisi and trip to Vatican

OK, so I thought I was going to be able to get a wi-fi connection at the Rome airport but no such luck, so I will have to post my Rome blog entries when I get back home. I didn’t leave myself much time at the end of each day to write. Most days IContinue reading “Italy Day 5, Rome Day 1: Travel from Assisi and trip to Vatican”

Buongiorno a tutti!

Day 8 in Italia, heading home tomorrow, and I finally have time and an internet connection to jot down some thoughts. I arrived in Rome last Thursday (12/10) after flying overnight from Philadelphia. I actually almost didn’t make it to Philadelphia because of bad weather there. I was rushing around to try to get everythingContinue reading “Buongiorno a tutti!”