Leaving Sicily and Exploring The West Coast of Italy: Tropea Stop – April 28 – 30, 2018 – Tropea, Italy


By Tom Allin

We left Siracusa, Sicily about 10:15 for a quick drive to Messina, the ferry and on to
Tropea. The first hour of our drive was easy and uneventful. Then things went a
little wrong – seems we typed in the state of Messina, not the city of Messina to
Google Maps.

This route took us to the west of Mt. Etna (snow covered peak in above photograph)
through gorgeous mountains and wild flowers, on a dirt road, the occasional small
town or village, farm houses and you get the idea. I wish we had stopped here for a
night to give us more time to explore this area of Sicily.

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Bernini Sculptures and Villa Borghese – February 19, 2018 – Rome, Italy


Although we weren’t out and about every waking hour during the last several days,
this doesn’t mean we were loafing. While we rebounded at home from our colds we
also planned for our last week in Rome. I very much wanted to tour the Villa
Borghese and see its art. Nancy went online to purchase tickets and discovered the
Bernini, The Sculptures exhibit’s last day was Monday, February 19. We bought
tickets for the 9:00 am English speaking tour for that day.

Several things to note: (1) we don’t do too many tours and this was a great one to
do, (2) our tour guide was very enthusiastic and informative, (3) all tickets for the
Villa Borghese are for two hour durations and then they empty the Villa and let the
next group in – two hours isn’t nearly enough time to see everything and hopefully
we will make time to visit Villa Borghese and Rome again, and (4) Bernini is another
artist whose name I knew but now understand why many think he is a great artist –
my opinion is his sculpture of Pluto and Proserpina puts him in the category of the

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Two Churches – February 17, 2018 – Rome, Italy


By Tom Allin

We are still recovering from our London colds. Spending more time in our Rome
apartment than out exploring but we make an effort to go for short trips every day.
We decided this afternoon to pick up on Rick Steves’ Heart of Rome tour where we
left off the day before.

Shortly after we left our apartment we came across this small piece of street art.

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