The Beautiful French Riviera: Villafranche and Monte Carlo

The earthy tones of the French coastal homes of Villafranche-sur-Mer are accented with turquoise shutters while the residences up the hill seem to be hanging from cliffs.  This quaint, quiet…

An Afternoon Wine Tasting in Tuscany

After a couple of hours spent in Pisa, it was a short ride into the Tuscan region of Lucca, famous for its wine and spectacular countryside.  Rows of vineyards of…

Pisa and its Leaning Tower

The port of Livorno is the first stop on our Mediterranean cruise itinerary and is known as a jumping off point for visiting Florence and the nearby wine region of…

The Piazzas, Museums and Fountains of Rome

Using my Omnia Roma Pass for the second day, I boarded the Hop On Hop Off bus to visit some of the highlights of the Roman neighborhoods.  The Vatican Museum was…

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips for Entering Holy Sites Abroad

While traveling abroad, many of the main historical attractions include holy sites, such as cathedrals, churches, temples and mosques.  Within these establishments, visitors may be required to adhere to a…

Palatine Hill: The Birthplace of Rome

The story of Rome begins with two little baby boys, Romulus and Remus.  Left in the woods to be raised by the she-wolf, also known as the lupa, the twins…

St. Peter’s Basilica: A Cathedral of Art

A group of school children, dressed in navy uniforms, skipped ahead of us along the walkway which connects the Vatican Museum to St. Peter’s Basilica.   Still in awe at the…

The Roman Forum: The Sacred Road of Julius Caesar

Standing on the smooth, round stones of the Via Sacra, I am reminded that “all roads lead to Rome”. To imagine the impact that this magnificent city had on civilization…

St. Peter’s Square and the Facade of the Basilica

The Vatican…the smallest country, located in what was once the largest city in the world, Rome.  It is the center of Catholicism dating back to 32 AD, when St. Peter…

A Look at Rome’s Capitoline Hill: A Walking Tour

I find myself at the bottom of a set of stairs looking up towards a large extravagant palatial shrine.  Its central columned marble structure reminds me of the US capitol…