When we first got stuck in Naples I could feel today would teach me a Life Lesson. Though I’d already been driving for five hours since leaving Rome, there was a grit to Naples that I appreciated having the chance to see. I planned to call the Life Lesson “Always Set Your GPS to Avoid […]Read more "Life Lesson #31 – Tolls Aren’t So Bad"
Today, in Rome, we went to see one of the greatest statues ever carved. Art Historians have heaped praise on Bernini’s The Ecstasy of St Teresa for centuries. We knew it was inside a church, Santa Maria della Vittoria, so we were surprised when the door was unlocked. Until we walked in and realised we’d […]Read more "Life Lesson #30 – Undercover Catholics"
I have never heard a story about driving in Rome that didn’t involve a hospital. My main memory from coming here five years ago (sans automobile) is nuns on scooters cutting you off when you try to cross the road. So I booked a place half an hour out of Rome that had free carparking […]Read more "Rome"
The drive from Siena to Rome took us right through Tuscany and Umbria. My lasting impression will be the fields of sunflowers. Well, the fields of sunflowers and the crazy Italian drivers! Before long you realise that manoeuvres you would have swiftly tooted back home don’t even seem rude anymore! Thanks to a travel tip […]Read more "Driving Through Tuscany"
Walking into Siena, we could see that our day was going to be something special. Other travellers all over Italy have been jealous that we were able to plan our trip to put us in Siena on the day of the annual Palio. Twice a year, the whole city grinds to a halt for a […]Read more "Il Palio di Siena"
We had a blip when we first arrived in Florence. It was pouring with rain, and the hotel owner informs me that he accidentally overbooked and transferred our booking to another place on the other side of town. We were planning on visiting David at the Galleria dell’Accademia but had tried and failed both online […]Read more "Florence"
We got up early this morning and left the Cinque Terre by train. We almost missed it because we stopped to get one last slice of potato and rosemary focaccia bread for the trip, but thankfully we managed to run on in time.In Pisa we had to walk with our luggage for about half an […]Read more "Leaning Towers and Summer Showers"