San Gimignano, Italy; Day 6

Today was our last full day with 7 Adventurers so we didn’t want to spend it driving all over the countyside. Plus we hadn’t spent enough time in our temporary hometown. One of the joys of staying in a Tuscan town is that there are wineries everywhere you look.  There was one right down theContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 6”

San Gimignano, Italy; Day 5

We went to Italian cooking school today in Montaione. It is another remarkable hilltop Tuscan town with buildings from the 12th century. It was remarkable today, however, for the notable lack of individuals that we encountered. We saw no tourists besides ourselves and no locals roaming the streets. We found this strange but decided thatContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 5”

San Gimignano, Italy; Day 4

Today’s Adventures took us on a short drive through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to the town of Volterra. A walled city dating from the 8th Century BC, it featured narrow streets, charming outdoor eateries and a couple of playgrounds for the kids. We wandered the 2800 year old streets to check out the ancient architectureContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 4”

San Gimignano, Italy; Day 3

Today we visited our host town of San Gimignano and we also learned a bit about the train platform in Florence. Our rental house has a wonderful view of the Northwest side of San Gimignano which sits about 4 km across a valley of vineyards. Our 5 Adventurers piled into the rental car to driveContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 3”

San Gimignano, Italy; Day 2

We spent our first full day in Tuscany settling in to our house and working with our host on a couple of issues like no gas for the stove, no hot water – you know, small things. Everything got sorted out by mid-day so we headed out to one of the kids’ bucket list itemsContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 2”

San Gimignano, Italy; Day 1

We all enjoyed Rome much more than we had anticipated. We stayed in the Trastevere neighborhood and found a local park that the kids insisted on visiting nearly all 5 days that we were there. The restaurants served delicious food which made us feel better about the slightly inflated prices. And the sites that weContinue reading “San Gimignano, Italy; Day 1”

Rome, Italy; Day 5

Today was our last full day in Rome (for this trip anyway). We had left today open in terms of planning. We had figured that there might be something that we might want to return to or add to our Roma list so it was easy to decide to head back to St. Peter’s Basilica.Continue reading “Rome, Italy; Day 5”

Rome, Italy; Day 4

We found ourselves travelling to another country today. This country is, according to our helpful guide, the wealthiest country in the world but also the smallest. It lies entirely within the city of Rome and has been here since the 5th century (but only recognized with sovereignty in the 20th century). Of course, we areContinue reading “Rome, Italy; Day 4”

Rome, Italy; Day 3

Today’s Italian adventures started with French Toast in our apartment. From there we did a famous sites 5K. Our first stop was the Colosseum and then to the Roman Forum. We were a bit hot and tired from the walk there – but as we approached the walls of the ruin our spirits lifted.  OurContinue reading “Rome, Italy; Day 3”

Rome, Italy; Day 2

We are finding that Rome is a very walkable city and didn’t find ourselves lost even once. It helps to have 5G coverage and internet mapping because the old part of the city has zero right angles and thousands of ways to get confused and turned around. For those of you that have visited thisContinue reading “Rome, Italy; Day 2”

Rome, Italy; Day 1

Today was a travel day for the 5 Adventurers. We knocked the cobwebs off our backpacks, bid a fond farewell to our Rota apartment and made one last trip to Seville. We returned our reliable but small manual transmission rental car and caught our discount carrier to Rome. Our list of things we like aboutContinue reading “Rome, Italy; Day 1”