This strategically taken shot does not show the scaffolding but it does show the sea of humanity visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forums.

Italy is one of my favorite places in the world (not that I have seen all of it yet!).  I spent the spring semester of my junior year (1975) at Smith in Rome.  That was a program for Classics and Art History majors (I was one of the later).  In addition to studying the art and architecture of Rome, we also studied the history of ancient Rome, and took a three week field trip that covered everything from Naples south to Sicily.  Of course, I also got to travel around in Italy, and so began a love affair with the country that endures to this day (2019).  I began journalling my travels in 2001, the year my husband and I took our sons out of school and lived in Europe for 10 months. There are four entries for that trip (note the dates).  We also traveled in Sicily in 2013 and took a 7-day walking tour in Umbria that included a bit of Tuscany and Rome (2015). In 2016, we spent a night in Trieste at the beginning of a trip to Slovenia and Croatia and two nights in Venice on the way home; and in 2018 we spent several days traveling in Sardinia as part of a trip that included Corsica, too.

In 2019, we spent a month in Italy focusing on Puglia, for the most part but also visiting Matera, Abruzzo and Tuscany. Part I of that trip was a driving tour of Puglia, and Part II a photography group tour, where we added the other 3 places.

A Celebration of Italy (May 2019)

Sardinia (September 2018)

Venice (2016)

Trieste (May 2016)

Umbria and Tuscany (October 2015)

One Day in Rome (October 7th, 2015)

Sicily (October 2013)

Euro-year Journals

Driving from Rome to Madrid (March 2002)

Another four weeks in Rome (February 2002)

Rome and Environs (January 2002)

Florence and Environs (December 2001)

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