My 19th Trip to Italy - The Grand Tour of Italy - 21st Century Style, Oct 2010
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Well, my 19th trip to Italy and Laura's 12th is planned complete with air, hotel, and rental car. I even made a lunch reservation at Franco Sala's Trattoria Forno in Civita (Franco insisted that 8 1/2 months early is not too far away for his very popular restaurant) A bit early to start this blog, but just to let you know that our dear friends Randy and her son David will be giving us the pleasure of showing them around for their first trip to Italy. Our trip will consist of 2 days in Rome (where we fly to), then 4 days driving through Tuscany, 4 days in Florence, 2 days in Venice, and 2 days in Varenna (Lake Como) and fly home from Milan. One day in Rome will be devoted to Ancient Rome, and the other to the Vatican and Castel Santangelo, and Medievel stuff. While in Tuscany we will first be visiting our friends Rick and Sharon, who live part of the year in a town in Upper Lazio. We will be staying at the nearby town of Montefiascone, while Rick shows us around his area, i.e. Pitigliano, Sovana, Civita di Bagnoregio (see trip from January 2009). Then we will be driving through central Tuscany via Monte Amiata, and Montepulciano to the town of Figline Valdarno (about 1/2 hr south of Florence sort of bordering The Chianti Region), where our friends Mary and Luca live. While there we will be exploring the area of eastern Tuscany known as The Casentino (towns of Bibbiena and Poppi). After a brief stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for the best view of Florence around, we will drop off the car near our hotel in Florence. This will be my 13th time at Albergo Croce di Malta. While there we expect to spend some time with my friend Lidia and her wonderful family. Then it's on to Venice for the most charming hotel in Italy, Pensione Accademia, and then a train ride to Varenna on Lago di Como. Varenna, Laura and I both agree, is our concept of Paradise on the lake ! Although a bit harried, this trip affords us the opportunity to visit just about all of our favorite places in Italy (except for perhaps The Dolomites, but we just do not have enough time).