Sperlonga – Italy’s Coastal Secret – Day 2 – Part 2

Tiberius reigned over the Roman Empire from 14 to 37 AD.  Like most Romans today, he sought to escape the summer city heat by heading to the shore.  He chose the tiny coastal city of Sperlonga, to build his summer residence in.  Now, as I said before, with paid admission to the Archaeological Museum, visitors…

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Sperlonga: Italy’s Coastal Secret – Day 2 – Part 1

On our second day in Sperlonga, we awoke to find the sun shining down, the temperature perfect, and it wasn’t long before we were out, beginning our next adventure.  Our first stop was going to be Bar Tropical, as we woke up late, and missed the breakfast in the hotel.  After a bit of nourishment,…

Sperlonga: Italy’s Coastal Secret – Day 1 – Part 2

Dating from the fifteenth century, the lovely Cappella di S. Rocco Extra Mura was built just outside of the old city walls.  Today, surrounded by other buildings, it remains a tiny jewel set on the road that leads up to the Centro Storico.  As we climbed higher, towards the old town, the view before us…

SPERLONGA – Day One – Part One

I had arranged for a car service to pick us up in Castel Gandolfo, and take us to our next destination, Sperlonga.  I did that because it was the quickest way to get there, without having a car of one’s own.  If you do have your own auto, or choose to hire a taxi, the…

CASTEL GANDOLFO – Day Four

Our last day in Castel Gandolfo was one that began with mixed weather.  Clouds came, and clouds disappeared.  Nevertheless, we did our best to get outdoors, and enjoy ourselves.The mosaic artwork, “Bombardamento di Propoganda Fide,” commemorates the  bombing of February 10th, 1944, by allied forces of the Propoganda Fide College.  The Americans were certain that…

CASTEL GANDOLFO – Day Three

Approximately 8,967 people call Castel Gandolfo home today.  Even though most tourists probably only experience Piazza della Liberta, and the Palazzo Apostolico, the entire town is picturesque, and worth exploring!While walking along Via Massimo d’Azeglio, we came upon the lovely statue titled “L’Abbraccio.”One can’t help but be captivated by the mosaic titled “Alba Primigenia,” which…

CASTEL GANDOLFO – DAY TWO – Pt 2

We boarded the tram, along with approximately twenty other people, just past the archway to the left of the entrance to the Palazzo Apostolico di Castel Gandolfo.  The tram would take us through the gardens that lay just outside of the Palazzo.  This was once the residence of the Roman Emperor Domitian.  So, during the…

CASTEL GANDOLFO – Day Two – Pt One

Included on the list of the “Most Beautiful Towns in Italy,” Castel Gandolfo is a perfect place to visit.  I highly recommend spending at least two or three days there, in order to fully experience the charm and beauty of the town.The fountain in Piazza della Liberta was designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in 1661.Many…

CASTEL GANDOLFO – Day One

I left the city of Fiumicino, bright and early, to go to the nearby airport, to meet my partner who was flying in from New York City.  I had my luggage with me, as I had to check out of the hotel in the morning, and our plan was to go straight to our next…

FIUMICINO – 2017 – Day Three

I had one day left of my stay in Fiumicino, and I was going to explore as much as I could.  There are a few archaeological sites near Fiumicino, in the surrounding area, but unfortunately, for me, they were not open during the few days that I was staying there.  That said, I was more…

FIUMICINO – 2017 – Day Two – Part Two

Just outside of the park, in the center of a roundabout, is a small sculpture of a plane —  a monument of sorts, to the airport that is only a few minutes away.In Isola Sacra, you will also find shopping plazas.  Among other shops, in this one, you can find Conad — one of Italy’s…

FIUMICINO – 2017 – Day Two – Part One

I find it hard to resist the urge to get outdoors when I wake and find the day filled with glorious sunshine, especially when I am in Italia!  So, I quickly showered and dressed, and then headed out to explore my surroundings a bit more. Like most of Italy’s cities, Fiumicino has a small, but…