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Day 13 :: Venice

Rome was certainly a lot more planned than was Venice. Given that it fell much later in the trip, we left the details out for Venice. And so, we got up this morning with not much of a plan. I headed out to find some pastries and brought them back …

Day 12 :: Bucine to Venice

Day 12 is underway right now. I’m writing this as we cruise along in a train from Florence to Venice. Jenn and I have concluded we’re big fans of the train system here. Renting a car was necessary to stay in Bucine, but just barely. The train station was walkable …

Day 11 :: Monteriggioni

We all enjoyed our off days so much that we wanted to keep a bit of that in our on day for Day 11. That meant that a long trip to San Gimignano or Civita was ruled out in favor of a short trip nearby. After much perusing of the …

Day 10 :: Another quiet one in Bucine…

Day 10 was another of our vacation days, chilling at the Villa, swimming, etc. No big agenda, no destination, simply relaxing. We did enjoy a third meal created by Maria, the cook who made wonderful meals for all of us on our off days. Jenn took another opportunity to watch …

Day 9 :: Florence

Day 9 was one of the big ones for all of us. It started with an early departure for Jenn. (In truth, Jenn has been up early everyday running, but on this occasion, she left again before I got up.) She walked to the train station in Bucine on her …

Day 8 :: No News

Day 8 was another off day, chilling at the Villa. No news to report.

Day 7 :: Siena

First, a quick mention of my business partner Mike Rustici… we had to visit Siena, as his most recent child is named for the city. The villa gives us great freedom to wake up when we please and cruise out for some exploring. Monday’s destination was Siena, another neat hill …

Hope is not lost…

Don’t despair… there is still a chance that we will be able to post some from Italy. We’ve arrived at Villa Petrea and there is, in fact, some connectivity. Haven’t figured out wireless yet, but we’ve got something, so we’ll be sure to do some posting eventually. Happy 4th of …

Day 5: Rome to Bucine

At last, a return to posting, but now I’m working without any notes. That’s right, I got lazy, and you, the loyal reader, will have to suffer through it. Day 5 started with a family voyage to Campo de Fiori. The girls had been wanting to go pick their own …

Day 4 :: Old Roma

OK, I have to admit it, I stopped taking good notes on funny moments. Perhaps Jenn will be able to help me recreate some. I can promise, though, that the pictures from Day 4 are better than the prior days… You’ll have to visit later to actually see some photography …