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Day 12 Last Day of the Trip – Varenna Day 3

For our last day of our vacation, we were ready to do something a little less strenuous. Getting on a boat across Lake Como was just what we needed. We made a point to get on a passenger ferry, covered … Continue reading

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Day 11 – Varenna Day 2 – The Castle and Feet in the Lake

After breakfast at the hotel we headed for a ruined castle that sits on the top of a hill high above Varenna. It’s a considerable hike and climb to get to it, but well worth the effort. As ruins go, … Continue reading

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Day 10 – Varenna Day 1 – Florence to Varenna

We reluctantly bid goodbye to Florence, walked to the train station, and got the train to Milan. There we transferred to the train to Varenna, a small, charming town that sits on the eastern side of Lake Como, right at … Continue reading

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Florence Day 3 – The Galleria Academia

We had reservations for the Galleria Academia in the morning. It’s another art gallery, not as large or extensive as the Uffizi, but it contains what is arguably (but not very arguably) the most famous statue in the world, Michelangelo’s … Continue reading

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Rome Day 5 – St. Peter’s Basilica

Laundry in the morning. It’s been really hot here in Rome, and we’ve gone through clothes much faster than expected, so we needed to do wash some things. Fortunately, there’s a small launderette just a block down from the hotel. … Continue reading

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Rome Day 4 National Museum

On Sunday morning, I was not at my best after not sleeping much the previous night. We had a pipe dream about going to Mass at St. Peter’s but our dream crashed into the Roman reality of huge crowds and … Continue reading

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Rome Day 3 The Colosseum +

Up and out early this morning to get to the Coliseum at 8:15. We actually got there at 8:30, but since that’s when it opened, it didn’t matter. Very, very impressive! The weight of history and sense of the long … Continue reading

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