Un Viaggio in Italia.

1 HouseWe’re ready. Armed with tickets – airplane, train, bus. Reservations for the Gallery Borghese and Vatican Museum. A ream of paper with daily plans, copies of vouchers, addresses, hotel reservations, maps. A couple of books: Rome Then and Now. The same for Pompeii. Ipods loaded with guided tours. A virtual pharmacy, thanks to hubby, B – aspirin, cold medicine, nose spray, tums, Neosporin, eye drops, band aids, ear plugs. Sweaters for the countryside, slacks for the city. Rain ponchos. Prepared. 1 statue

I’ll bet you think we have huge suitcases, but no, just standard rollies. Plus a carryon of electronics – chargers, Kindle, little laptop.1 Bicycles

Once we decided on Italy, I enrolled in an Italian conversation class. Studied on my own. A friend of a friend talked with me on the phone in Italian. Of course it takes more than a year to learn a language, but I can do the basics. “I have a reservation.” “Dinner for two. He’ll have coffee, I’ll take wine.” I can also talk about my sisters, my home town, and our dogs. Which reminds me, we have a pet sitter; leashes, instructions, towel for accidents, phone numbers left on the counter at home.1 Fish

We’re going to Naples, Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Tuscany. We rejected Venice; both of us had been and I had a transcendent experience there involving Beethoven, ballet, and Saint Mark’s Plaza. Why overlay that memory?
1 Rome

Please join us on this journey.
We’ll visit the usual cities but also the lesser-known and unusual. Pitigliano, anyone? And there will be pictures! Lots of pictures!

I take after my mother, who sometimes shot 50 rolls of film when she traveled. I have the advantage of digital. I clicked out…well I don’t think I’ll publish how many, but there is a good selection. This page is just a preview.

BTW, if you get this through email, click on the link to the website. I’ve discovered that sometimes the pictures come through email bunched and ugly. Don’t want that…

Buon Viaggio


  1. Denise says:

    This looks like fun. Now I get to see Italy too!

  2. Karen says:

    3 words. fab. u. lous.
    have a lovely time. can’t wait to experience italy through your eyes!!

  3. Jeannie says:

    my favorite saying
    “Dinner for two. He’ll have coffee, I’ll take wine.”

    Loved Italy!

  4. Janet Oliver says:

    Yea for you two! I can’t WAIT for the Cinque Terre posts!

  5. Cat says:

    Thank goodness for digital cameras! So much less equipment to haul around, so much easier to capture beautiful pictures like these – and beautiful memories!

    Looking forward to the next installment.

  6. The pictures came through fine on my end, and beautiful pictures to see too. Enjoy your trip!

  7. Penny says:

    Thanks so much for letting us join you on your trip to Italy via these great pictures. Hope to see many more, soon!

  8. This is going to be fabulous fun to vacation virtually thru your eyes 🙂

  9. Kerri says:

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see more! Please include lots of descriptions of your meals…

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