2 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town

2017 – Florence Day 2 – We Got Around The Town
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A lazy start to our morning – so unusual for us – it was great. An older man was mopping the entrance floors and the stairs when we were going out – navigating wet stairs before coffee was fun. But wait! We left our room around 10:30 and returned at 10:45 because I forgot the
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1 October, 2017

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour

2017 – Florence Day 1 – A Three Hour Tour
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Woke up this morning literally with a very cold shower. Apparently last night there was a gas leak in the apartment building and the gas was turned off at some point. Even though Antimo got up and turned it back on, I wasn’t able to get any warm water. Oh well, I moved a little
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30 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica

2017 – Rome Day 4 – Ostia Antica
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The last day of our Roman adventure. And what an adventure it has been! Pyramid of Cestius. We took the metro to meet Luigi, an architect who lives in Rome near Piramide. He was coming with us to Ostia Antica. He told us about this pyramid which looked new against the backdrop of the ancient city.
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29 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies

2017 – Rome Day 3 – Frascati, The Strike, & The Gypsies
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To strike or not to strike, that was the question (trains, buses and the underground metro). But really, the question was how many hours to strike? At first it was announced as 24 hours, then 12, then 8, and finally this morning before we left the apartment, we were told 4 hours. We planned on
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28 September, 2017

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi

2017 – Rome Day 2 – Castello Orsini-Odescalchi
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  Started our day with a cappuccino and a pastry, like anyone would do when in Italy.   To get to our destination we had to practically take planes, trains, and automobiles. We started on the Rome metro, changed trains and got off the metro in Piramide. Then we got on a train train (not Metro
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26 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli

2017 – Puglia Region Day 6 – Manduria Mercato & Gallipoli
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Last day in the Puglia area. Wow our time here flew by! The storm has passed and we are clear to take off to Gallipoli, on the Ionic Sea. Manduria Mercato Olives and nuts.Grains of every imaginable kind. Dried fava! I’ve looked forward to this market all week. Visiting the markets here in Italy is
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25 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 5 – Altamura & Matera

2017 – Puglia Region Day 5 – Altamura & Matera
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We took off today for parts unknown to Ricardo and I. We had heard about Altamura bread but that’s about it. And didn’t know anything about Matera. What a surprising day we had in store for us! Altamura When we reached the town, we went straight to the bread oven to learn about Altamura bread and
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23 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night

2017 – Puglia Region Day 3 – Ostuni By Day, Oria By Night
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  We’re off to Ostuni today. I remember a few years ago when we were taking the train from Bari to Brindisi – Antimo told us once we saw the “white” city of Ostuni to get our luggage together because the next stop would be ours. It was a good thing he warned us because
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21 September, 2017

2017 – Puglia Region Day 1 – Travel Day to Manduria

2017 – Puglia Region Day 1 – Travel Day to Manduria
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Today was a travel day – I’m writing the blog this evening from our beautiful patio in Manduria. Antimo rented a fabulous vacation villa for us in the heart of town. Check out the pictures! Large bedroom with stella ceilings. The perfect balance of contemporary modern mixed with house original tile floors, doors, and ceilings.
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17 September, 2017

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 1 – Mantova Motor Festival & Maggi Pizza

2017 – Bologna and Modena Day 1 – Mantova Motor Festival & Maggi Pizza
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Travel day, leaving Verona. Our next destination is Sant’Agata in the Bolognese region. The room we are staying in is right above the best pizzeria in Italy – or so they say. Maggi Pizzeria. I’ll be dreaming of pizza all night, I just know it! Let’s back up the Audi (our rented car) for a few hours and catch the goings
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16 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around

2017 – Verona Day 4 – Horsing Around
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Our hosts for lunch and a cooking class are Damiano and Moira. They live in Alpo, a little town in the area of Villafranca di Verona. They are a most gracious family and welcomed us into their home. Antimo knew Damiano from his Italian army days. Pearà (sort of a bread soup) is a specialty of this
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15 September, 2017

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda

2017 – Verona Day 3 – Lake Garda
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A day trip to Lago di Garda to visit the towns of Sirmione and Desenzano del Garda. The lake area is only about a half hour from our apartment. Lake Garda is a very unusual shaped lake and is the largest in Italy. We had time today to visit a few of the towns around the lake.  The first
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