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Three bittersweet farewells in one day

Hard as it is to accept, our trip is really coming to an end. We’ve seen amazing┬ásites on two separate land masses, have spoken a foreign tongue, have walked until our feet are swollen, have seen an active volcano, amazing antiquities, beautiful... 

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Bologna Thursday — Time to reflect and consider

The rooftop of the Hotel San Donato is the perfect place to sketch — and to appreciate the ancient towers, churches, red tiles rooftops, and iron crosses that stretch out in waves. We don’t have much time left in this beautiful city, so we... 

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Bologna Wednesday: Off to Florence

We plunk down our 50 Euros per person for a round trip on the high-speed train to Florence. This will give us a new experience — riding a train in Italy — and will get us back to our tourist-free Bologna streets by dinnertime. Looking forward... 

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A whole world under a library

We know it’s true that a library holds entire worlds, but few libraries hold an actual ancient civilization under┬áthe floorboards. Visit the Instituzione Biblioteche del Comune di Bologna, and you will definitely want to look in the basement. The... 

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Bologna Monday

Rick Steve’s is totally wrong. Bologna is very much worth a visit, and very much worth an extended stay. First off, breakfast at the Hotel San Donato is great. You can even make yourself a caprese salad. Or, choose yogurt and muesli, hard-boiled... 

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Santo Stefano: A Bologna landmark

As the detailed booklet we bought for five Euros tells us, “it was probably a pure, rich spring that began the wonderful history of Santo Stefano about 2,000 yeas ago.” About a five-block walk from the Hotel San Donato in Bologna’s central... 

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Hello, Bologna

And so, our adventure continues. Up early to prep for departure from Sicily — Liz and Mike to Bologna where we will meet with sister Carla and her husband Les, and Charlie and Jane to Catania, where they will spend one last night in Sicily before... 

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family, Italy, Sicily

Taormina in September

We are rested enough, and Taormina beckons. Our touring guidebook has this to say about it: “On a bluff above the Ionian Sea, at the foot of Monte Tauro, Taormina is Sicily’s most famous tourist resort.” Who wouldn’t want to go... 

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family, Sicily

Rest day at our villa

Rest day at the villa We love our Sicilian villa so much we are more than happy to forego touring for another day of hanging out, hiding from the sun, and doing nothing. You know you are relaxed when the main events for the day look like this: * Cut up... 

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Siracusa, the place for ancient history buffs

We start every day the same — quiet reading, a good breakfast, coffee, and a check of the weather. Guess what? Same as yesterday. Then we admire the beauty of the villa and remind ourselves how lucky we are to be here. Today’s destination... 

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