Milan – An Italian City Full of Surprises – Day 1

For our stay, we had rented a one-bedroom apartment, not far from Milan’s Central Station. This was an area that I had never really taken the time to explore before.  Now that we were staying there, I quickly changed my clothes, and ventured out to see what was around us. The Orthodox Russian Church of…

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Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 3

A plaque on a building, on Via dei Barbieri, marks the spot where Pasquale Di Pietro and Tommaso Silvestri founded the first school for deaf-mutes, in Rome. Also on Via Barbieri are the headquarters of the Associazione Teatro di Roma. A nearby supermarket kept its wine department, in an underground cave! The Chiesa del Gesù,…

Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 2 – Part 2

After we left the Vatican Museums, we decided to take advantage of the fact that we were already in the neighborhood, and visited the Basilica of Saint Peter.  In order to gain access to the basilica, one must join the long line that seems to literally wrap around the Piazza di San Pietro.  While there…

Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 2 – Part 1

Our second day in Rome was spent at the Vatican Museums.  Now, this is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, or I should say, in Vatican City, for once you step foot onto the grounds, you are no longer in the city of Rome, but in the territory of the Vatican State.  Most…