Nightwalkers of Milano… we walked among them

 

Milano by day
The Wonderful Light of Day

 

There is a sense of security that comes with travelling in the light of day.  Sunlight has a way of easing our anxieties when we are out and about in strange lands.  It gives us courage to wander down narrow cobblestone lanes in the hopes of finding some hidden secret nook. Read more

Venice… she made me do it.

 

Traffic Jam
Venetian Traffic Jam

 

Venice was not high on “my” list of places to see when we planned our first ever trip to Italy.

 

In fact, it wasn’t on my list at all.  I’ll let you in on a little something about myself.  It’s been said, at times I may be guilty of prejudging before really giving things their fair chance.  Not always, but in the case of travelling to Venice, it happens to be true.  Let me explain myself.

 

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Walk with the Romans

 

Let’s start our walk with the Romans in, where else… Roma.

 

Now that you have decided a trip to the Italian peninsula to walk with the Romans is in your future, it’s time to choose the places you want to see.  It may seem like that would be an easy thing to do.  Not so much!  There are just so many  sights and not enough time for you to see everything.

 

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Why Rome?  To keep it simple, it’s where it all began for the Roman Empire.  This is where the foundations of law, art and culture for future western civilizations were laid.

 

To simplify it even more, Rome is an amazing living history lesson.  The old city lets you walk with the Romans of past centuries along the via they once did.  In doing so, you also become part of that history.

With that said, you need to start somewhere.  Roma, The Eternal City,  is a great place to begin your adventure.  Rome is a must see if you think this may be your only trip to Italy. Skipping  Roma is like skipping the African elephants while on safari in Kenya.  Sure you saw the rhinos, lions and hippos but, you’ll have missed the big one.  Trust me, you’ll kick yourself later.

 

At first sight
Love at First Sight

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Florence – Our Tale of Two Cities

The View from the Giotto's (Bell) Tower
The Duomo in Firenze

 

Unlike Charles Dickens’ 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities”, our tale of two cities is technically the same place, Florence.  Hang in there folks, it’ll make sense soon…

 

Florence for us is really two cities.  Florence of 2011 and Florence of 2015.  I’ll stop talking in riddles now and fill you in on the details.

 

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