Sirmione

On our way to Milan we stopped at a beautiful town called Sirmione to walk through a 13th century castle, walk the shores of Lake Garda, and of course, shop.  Lake Garda is a beautiful turquoise color and is also over 1100 feet deep.  The castle,…

Venice

Yesterday we arrived in Venice and saw the first rain and cool weather of the trip.  The chilly weather didn’t last long, though, as we woke to sunshine on Wednesday.  Our hotel is just a short walk from the Piazza San Marco, which is a large…

Pisa and Wine Tasting in Tuscany

Today we took a short drive from Florence to visit Pisa.  The Leaning Tower is certainly the main attraction, but the architecture of the nearby cathedral is wonderful.  Construction of the tower started in 1173 and lasted more than 199 years.  Pisa is also filled with…

Florence

On our way from Sorrento to Florence, one cannot help but notice the ancient Roman structures along the way.  Some are still in good condition and are used for housing or business, while some are only a crumbled pile of stone, protected by law and left…

Sorrento and Capri

It’s difficult to imagine a more appealing seaside than Sorrento and the nearby isle of Capri.  The tall cliffs, blue Mediterranean waters and classic architecture are straight out of a renaissance painting. Capri is surrounded by massive cliffs and clear blue waters.  Quiet streets are dotted…

Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius

The ruins of Pompeii, near modern day Sorrento, are a dramatic reminder of a once-vibrant, modern Roman society that was wiped out when Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

The Colosseum

I still cannot comprehend how the Romans (or their slaves) built the Colosseum nearly 2,000 years ago.  It’s massive even by today’s standards, estimated to seat 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.  It’s difficult to capture the size and wonder of this magnificent structure in a photograph.

Arrived in Rome

We arrived in Rome around 9am local time (3 am Detroit time). The Ambasciatori Palace hotel is nice, and in the old section of Rome. Over the next few days we’ll tour the Vatican and will see the Colosseum, among other sites. It’s slow to update…

Waiting For Our Flight

Al Krasnicki dropped us off at the airport with plenty of time to sit around and eat Greek yogurt. Good thing we have our phones to keep us entertained. After take-off, we should get our dinner after an hour. The flight to Rome should take around…