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…

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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…

FIUMICINO – 2017 – Day One

We stopped to spend the night in a town called Scurcola Marsicana.  Unfortunately, we did not have much time to explore the town, as we arrived after dark, and were continuing on to Roma, first thing in the morning.  The B&B that we stayed in was lovely, though.  It was called Locanda Incantata Room &…

GESSOPALENA – Day Four

Sadly, it was time to leave Gessopalena, and head back to Roma.  We had one more night before arriving at the capital of Italia, and Giovanna had arranged hotels for us — but, more on that later.  We had a full day of adventure ahead of us, and so we were out of the door,…

GESSOPALENA – Day Three

In Piazza Roma sits a fountain by the artist Carlo Fontana.My hosts had another full day of adventure planned, so after breakfast we made our way to the car, and headed to our first destination: Cantina Tollo.Located in the town of Tollo, the Cantina has a tasting room — reservations are required for tastings.  The…

GESSOPALENA – Day Two – pt 2

Standing in the piazza, at the entrance of the castle, you have a wonderful view of the surrounding countryside.  Of course, you also realize that, in a few minutes, you have to begin the journey down, back to the heart of the town, and your vehicle.  It is easy to forget when you are there,…

GESSOPALENA – Day Two – pt 1

Giovanna and Neda had put together an itinerary of sorts, for the days that we would be spending in Abruzzo.  So, after breakfast, the three of us piled into the car, and off we went in search of our first stop of the day.  A friend of Neda’s, who lived in Gessopalena, had recommended that…

GESSOPALENA – Day One

I left Milano early in the morning, catching a train to Roma, where my friend, Giovanna, was going to meet me at the train station (Termini).  Once I arrived in Roma, we immediately hopped into her aunt Neda’s car, and began a journey which I can only describe as incredible!  We were heading for the…

MILANO – FALL 2017 – Pt 2

The Giardini Pubblici Indro Montanelli is the oldest city park in Milano.  It is named after the journalist/writer Indro Montanelli, who used to spend his mornings there.  I love wandering around this park.  Walking along the pathways, one encounters art, waterfalls, monuments — all in a peaceful, green setting, far removed from the bustling city…

MILANO – FALL 2017 – pt 1

I booked a hotel room through Booking.com, at the Hotel Auriga, as it was close to Milano’s central train station.  While I usually opt for apartments over hotel rooms, I was only staying in Milano for one night, and so, the most important thing for me was to be close to the train station, which…

VARESE – DAY 3 – Pt 2

I stumbled upon this little art-filled garden, and was immediately charmed by what I saw.  The purpose of art should be to make the viewer feel something, and this art simply made me feel good!  I loved it!There seemed to be quite a lot happening in the city on this lovely Sunday.  I even found…