The Lesser-Known Rome

Mom and Dad, like any other Italian visitors, really wanted to see all that Rome has to offer.  Bobby and I, however, have been to Rome 4 times in the last 6 months and have pretty much seen all the typical tourist attractions.  There are a few sites that we can see over and over again (Colosseum, Pantheon) but other than those, we tried to find some new, less discovered attractions.  One of these attractions was the “Castel Sant’Angelo” located on the Tiber River.  Tivoli, a Roman suburb, was also on our list because it has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa.  We thoroughly enjoyed our trip because the weather was absolutely perfect – mid 70s, sunny, and the flowers and trees were blooming with spring foliage…. [Read More]

Ringing in the New Year in Rome!

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Bobby had his friend from the Academy come in for the New Year, so after spending a few days in Florence, we decided to ring in the new year in Rome.  This was the 3rd time for Bobby and I in Rome, but we got to see some new sites.  Rome is such a large town with lots of history, so it’s not difficult to find something new every time you go…. [Read More]

Jumping the pond and the days thereafter…..

Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Motherland), Rome

We finally got our internet working in our apartment after being here for 3 weeks (Not too bad by Italian standards!) so I thought I would catch everyone up on what’s been going on with us.  On September 6th, I took my NCLEX nursing exam in the morning, and we flew out of Baltimore at 6pm.  Our flight booked via Air Force sent us from Baltimore –> JFK –> Charles de Gaulle (Paris) –> Florence…. [Read More]