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Jul 29, 2014 - Vini Vidi Mangiato

Julius Caesar produced one of the longest lasting quotes of all time, "Vini Vidi, Veci". I came I saw I conquered. This quote was perfect for the egotistical dictator who really began the massive expansion of the Roman Empire and started the rule of the emperors. Being better than Julius, I decide to improve his quote to that of the title of this entry, "Vini Vidi Mangiato" roughly translating to I came I saw I ate. Boy have we ate. So much so that we have already constructed a reputation among the group that when they don't finish their...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 28, 2014 - no chefs insulted on our first day

Great first day in Rome! Lots of walking, easily we walked 10 miles over cobblestone streets. Hard to imagine that shoe designers had Rome in mind when they created stiletto heels. The forum and coliseum are truly more interesting than the pile of rubble I expected. Now I see there is no reason to paint my kitchen, it is just an early Roman-empire style! We sampled pizzas and fresh mozzarella for lunch, served family style, not many leftovers at our table, making the boys a fast favorite of the guides. For dinner we ventured out on our own...

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 27, 2014 - Day 1: Flight and first day in Rome

After an 8.5 hour flight we got to the hotel and were greeted by the Disney staff and got checked in. Our first event is not until 5:30 local time (which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time) so we decided to walk around and see the Vatican City. Our first event is a dinner with the rest of the group and the menu includes gnocchi, a beef dish and gelato, we are looking forward to that!

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Cascianis Go Home

Jul 26, 2014 - Rome Italy

Our ship ported in Civitavecchia which is about an hour and a half from Rome. Since we had been to Rome in the past and had already done the touristy things, we decided to do a Walking Food Tour of Rome. Our tour was called Taste Of Testaccio and this is what they had to say about it: "We’ll guide you through the original foodie neighborhood of Rome, Testaccio. We take you away from tourist crowds to the places locals cherish but tourists rarely get to experience. With over 12 delicious tastings, and multiple cultural and historic stops,...

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Mediterranean Cruise

Jul 17, 2014 - Rome

The drive to Rome was not too long. We had to wake up early though because we needed to get to the Vatican for out tour. It was a Saturday and the Vatican is not open on Sundays. The Sistine Chapel was amazing. You are not allowed to take pictures (but I may have been sneaky) and you are not allowed to speak. There are guards shushing you if you do. It's crazy how Michelangelo was not a painter because was one of the most beautiful pieces of art I have ever seen.  After the Vatican we went on a walking tour of Rome. There are ruins...

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Taking Back My Brave

Jun 28, 2014 - Fond farewells

June 28 It was quite a flurry of activity in the morning as we said our fond farewells to the Abruzzo Cibus staff and downed a quick breakfast. Except for a few, the bus trip back to Rome Airport was relatively quiet, until near Rome we encountered an intensely burning semi-trailer truck in the opposite lanes. We were very lucky to have made it through, as emergency vehicles had not arrived yet, but we were sure they would have shortly shut both directions completely. Another flurry happened at the Rome Airport, as people with short...

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Jun 27, 2014 - It has begun

We arrived safely in Rome yesterday morning (7:30am). I was utterly tired as I had not slept at all on the plane, so once we got to the apartment I went to sleep for 4 hours. Bree was totally ok, as usual.... Dom, Paul, Aden & Niah, arrived around 3pm, after waiting at the airport looking for lost luggage. Luckily it had not been lost, but someone had taken it off the belt and sat it next to a big pole, semi hidden! The apartment is in a fantastic location, surrounded by restaurants, and near a big church, St Maria Maggiore. So if we ever...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Rome

June 21 We were up early for our 9:00 a.m. taxi to the airport for our flight to Rome and our onward trip to our Italian cooking school. Check-in at Veuling (pronounced “Welling”) Airlines was so very smooth and painless, as was the security check…so different from our Istanbul experience. Settling in for a breakfast snack, we had a chat with Alicia, a lady from Madrid at the next table, who works with the YMCA, sending kids to camp in the US and Canada (200 miles north of Winnipeg…they already knew about the mosquitoes). She had very...

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Jun 14, 2014 - Rome dazzles and inspires .....

The Awesome Foursome experienced somewhat of a shock to the system on arrival in chaotic, fast moving Rome after 3 weeks of lazing about on The Amalfi Coast, and on a cruise boat on The Dalmation Coast. We have had to adapt to the rather fast paced Roman lifestyle following our leisurely Island pace of recent times. It is great to be back in Italy again although it is vastly different from Croatia, it is grubby after spotlessly clean Croatia, incredibly laid back (even the Vatican Guards lounge around and whistle at the pretty girls instead...

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Jun 6, 2014 - Off to Rome

June 5th,said goodbye to everyone as we all departed Villa San Rocco and went our separate ways. Except for Max and Becks- Becks decided to come down with a stomach ailment on the last night,so they stayed in Benabbio for another day/night. Ian and I got the local taxi to Lucca station, from there Ian trained to Florence,and I to Pisa then on to Rome. Train delays on the way meant we were 1 hour late into Rome@ 7pm. B&B room only 5 minute walk from Rome Termini station. Very handy. Wandered around for a bit, then found great restaurant...

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May 30, 2014 - 4th day 28th May

Wednesday 28th Sunny skies again and we are off early to do the Vatican Tour. Our tour guide is a young Irish lass from Dublin called Rachel. We meet her behind the Vatican and are wired up for sound, so that we can hear her commentary clearly on the tour. She was absolutely amazing, her in depth knowledge and entertaining way of imparting it, brought the whole tour to life. The three hours flashed past, but will be an indelible memory for me, we absolutely loved it. St. Peter's Square was our next stop and it was a sea of people, as the...

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May 30, 2014 - 3rd day of Holiday 27th May

27 May 2014 Well the flight to Rome had its ups and downs and I don't mean turbulence. The journey was 12 and half hours and our seats were roomy, the food good and lots of movies to watch. Unfortunately my legs got restless to the point that I was totally going nuts.....Ian on the other hand was quite comfortable, his tablets were doing the trick, I decided to take one of his tablets to see if it would do the same for me and things certainly settled down.........until a couple of hours later I began to feel very sick and then spent the...

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