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. Because … Continue reading Goodbye Rome, Hello Home: Trains, Plains, and Automobiles

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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 week … Continue 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 a … Continue 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 come … Continue reading Italy Day 6, Rome Day 2: Galleria Borghese, Museum of Modern Art, Piazza del Poppolo, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain