Taking in the Healing Waters of Italy’s Fiuggi – Day 1

Acqua di Fiuggi has always been my preferred bottled water, ever since I first spotted it in a grocery store in New York City.  I always try to have a few bottles on hand at home.  So, you can only imagine my delight when I realized that the actual town of Fiuggi was relatively close…

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A Return to Rome – My Favorite Place on Earth! – Day 3

Rome is a city full of treasures!  People from all over the world flock here to see the art and architecture that only this city contains.  One of those treasures, not often found on the list of “must see” attractions of the usual tourist, is Villa Farnesina.  Located on the Lungotevere, next to John Cabot…

A Return to Rome – My Favorite Place on Earth! – Day 2

The Chiesa di Santi Claudio e Andrea dei Borgognoni dates from 1728.  It is dedicated to the two saints, Claudius of Besancon and Andrew.  The exterior of the church is decorated with statues of the two saints.  Facing the church, the statue of Saint Andrew, by Luc Breton, is on the left, while the statue…

A Return to Rome – My Favorite Place on Earth! – Day 1

No matter how many times I visit the city of Rome, or Roma, as it is called by the Italians, as soon as my feet hit the soil, I fall instantly in love with both, the place and the people that live there!  It is a beautiful city!  Like any large urban center, Roma has…

Formia – Ancient Rome’s Summer Hotspot – Day 2

The Chiesa di Sant’Erasmo, or the Church of Saint Erasmus, as we see it today, dates back to the 1500’s.  Saint Erasmus, also known as Saint Elmo, was a Christian martyr who died in 303.  He was the acting bishop of Formia.  When the prosecution of Christians began, he fled to Mount Libanus, but returned…

Formia – Ancient Rome’s Summer Hotspot – Day 1 – Part 2

Founded by the Laconi in ancient times, the Romans gave the city the name of Formiae.  It became a popular tourist destination, luring both those in political power, as well as those in the arts, to its coastline, as well as to the Historical Center, which at the time, had an arena, theater, and everything…