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May 28, 2013 - Tuesday - Rome

A stroll through the Borghese Gardens – Rome’s version of Central Park; a picnic lunch, and then a tour of the Borghese Gallery housing an impressive collection of Bernini’s sculpture and paintings by Rafael; dinner in the neighborhood and the Spanish steps for our last full day in Rome.

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May 27, 2013 - Rome - Pantheon & Vatican City

We made the short trip back to the Pantheon in the morning and enjoyed its wonders then walked over to the Vatican… a LOT of walking. St Peter’s Basilica was incredible, but the Sistine Chapel was a huge disappointment. While it still is awe-inspiring how much work went into it, I was expecting a lightness and brightness that just wasn’t there. It was dark and dingy, and the famous “fingers touching” was just a small part of the overall piece. LAE took the long Sistine tour while we opted for the shorter one, thankfully. Daddy, LEC and I...

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May 27, 2013 - Positano and trip to Rome

For the last two days we've been working on how we were going to get back to Rome for our flight home. There are many options which include busses, trains, private cars, and taxis. We wanted to weigh all of our options. Ultimately we decided to go by private car/taxi. It affords us additional time in Positano without the headache of multiple trains, a taxi, and then a hotel shuttle which was the next most efficient way. With that settled we have until 2 pm to relax. It just so happens that today is the nicest day we've had here...nothing...

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May 26, 2013 - Sunday - Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome! After sleeping in and a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we headed out to conquer ancient Rome. The Pantheon was the first stop on our journey, and the usher waved Laura Elizabeth, Daddy and me in urgently, closing the gate and leaving Laura Ann on the other side. Mass was starting, so the usher had to let us back out since he wouldn’t let anyone else in. On to the Coliseum… Awe-inspiring. Colossal. Overwhelming. Then on to the Forum, the heart of ancient Rome... The area was simply breathtaking, and it was incredible knowing...

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May 25, 2013 - Buongiorno Roma!

Customs was a disappointment. No stamp in my passport. Dour and disinterested attendant. Boo! After meeting up with Laura Ann at the airport baggage claim, we headed to ground transportation. Our first tourist test came from the transportation solicitors at the airport. Challenge accepted. I knew that the “real” city taxis are compelled to charge only 48 E to take up to for four people into Rome. This non-city taxi service tried to get us into a van for 90+ E., but agreed on 50E once they realized I knew their scam. Watch out Rome, here we...

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May 25, 2013 - Rome - Wandering Around

The taxi driver pointed out several churches between Roma Termini and our hotel, one of which first housed the Pope. Mark the church tour complete except for the Sistine Chapel. After checking in at Abergo (hotel) Borghesi near the Pantheon and dumping our luggage, we headed out to explore and find a place for lunch. We settled on a lovely trattoria with a red chandelier and an amiable host. Once our bellies were full and our thirst quenched, we set out to find where Cesar was burned or the Piazza Navona with Bernini’s fountains or...

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May 18, 2013 - Day 11 - Civita to Rome

Staying in Civita was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. This place is so charming...so different...than any other place we've ever been to. I went out for a run early this morning and going across the footbridge was pretty amazing with the sun rising! I posted a couple of early morning pictures yesterday...hopefully you all saw them...really cool. The drive to Rome was nothing really special...mostly highway. A lot is made of the driving in Italy but it's really no worse than back home...at least out in the country. The cities...

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May 12, 2013 - Italy

Leaving Geneva after a great stay we headed south to Italy. To get there you have to drive from Switzerland thru France then cross the Alps into Italy. A beautiful drive thru the snow covered mountains in Switzerland and France then the steady climb up to the Mont Blanc Tunnel that goes through the mountain from France into Italy. The tunnel is 16 kilometres long and costs 41€ or $55 in tolls, not cheap for a short drive. The drive is interesting, there are electronic signs all thru the tunnel and there are sets of blue lights every 150...

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May 10, 2013 - Day 3 - Rome

Our room is on the 4th floor just a few streets from the main Termini train station here in Rome. We're staying at a place called the Hotel Andriena...it's sort of a cross between a B&B and city hotel. It's squeezed into a building that has several other "hotels" in it. Each floor is a different hotel...except ours which occupies 2 floors with a very basic manual elevator between them. Our door leads into the hotel hallway but then another door leads out into,the stairway to head downstairs. We call this the door to Fort Knox...it has a...

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May 9, 2013 - The Vatican

Ciao Friends and Family, Today, Kayley and I went to Vatican city (did you know that the Vatican is an independent country?), the Vatican Museum, and St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican Museum was huge (4 miles of displays) and magnificent. The displays ranged from ancient statues to Christian frescoes to mummies to modern paintings. The highlight of the museum, for me, was the Sistine Chapel. Kayley and I sat, straining our eyes upward, to examine Michelangelo's work, as we listen to our audio tour explain what we were looking at. Following...

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May 9, 2013 - Day 2 - Rome

Wow...you leave Boston...take a nap and 7 hours later you're in Rome! Almost hard to believe when you first get here. Alitalia...the airline we flew on had great service. More flight attendants than I've ever seen and they take very good care of you...much different than most of our domestic airlines. Also...as soon as you get on the plane you know something is different...all the announcements are in Italian. They do make English announcements also but they all sound Italian anyway. While we were buying our train tickets to get from...

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May 9, 2013 - When in Rome: Roam

Today, we decided to relax from all the site-seeing and purely "roam" around Rome. We wanted to get out of the city, so we headed to a park to relax. It took us over three hours, but we finally found the park. Following our afternoon siesta, we ate a picnic dinner and then went on a night tour around the city. This was a blast. Kayley (my tour guide)and I were able to see and experience many of the famous squares around Rome. These areas come 'alive' at night. Our night walk took us to: Campo de’ Fiori (colorful square, with many outdoor...

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