Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 2019 Update

Well, now it's been 3 years since our last trip to Italy after going 4 times between 2011 and 2016. We spent 9 weeks there during those 4 trips. We haven't felt comfortable leaving our 13 year old English Setter, Sandie, in a kennel for extended periods now that she has some health issues. Still, we may have yet another Italian adventure in us in the future.

While I was looking through my posts here recently, I realized that some of the train travel illustrations may be outdated, but that most of the commentary still applied. Websites may look different, but you can still navigate them easily to set your itinerary, reserve lodging and buy some train tickets.

Hopefully, in the near future, we will be up for another trip to the country we love the most to visit - Italy! There is so much we have yet to see.  Both of us can still imagine traveling to the towns where our grandparents and/or our great grandparents emigrated from in the early 1900s. Mine came to the US from Pedavena ( in northern Italy in 1904. My wife's traveled from Atena Lucana ( ). So, you see, we still travel imagining.

There is a lot of interesting and useful information for you here. Remember, "Italy Is Waiting For You - Get Going!"

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

US Government Issues Travel Advisory for Italy - Be Aware

We were in Florence on the day of the Paris terror attack on November 19, 2015. Immediately, we noticed the presence of heavily armed police and soldiers in all of the most tourist frequented areas of the city. It was somewhat unnerving for us, but we spent the last 4 days of our two week trip doing/seeing everything we planned. We traveled back to Milan by train to see Michelangelo's Last Supper and to catch out flight back to Boston. We saw many more heavily armed soldiers in Milan, but thankfully there were no incidents.