The Streets of Pompeii


There are so many amazing things to see in Pompeii.  One of my favorites was actually the streets.  Naturally they are all nicely planned out and well constructed.  Raised stones in various spots served as a means for pedestrians to cross without stepping into the often dirty water flowing down the roads.  These “crosswalks” were…

Rainbow Over Pompeii


We awoke to a slightly cooler and drizzly morning on the day of our side trip to see the famous ruins of Pompeii.  The high-speed Frecciarossa train took us from Rome Termini to Napoli Centrale station, where we transferred to the separate station for the local Circumvesuviana commuter train to Pompeii.  While waiting for the local…

The Vatican Museums


The Vatican’s art collection vast, to put it mildly, and definitely something not to be missed even if you don’t have time to soak in every piece.  From sculptures to paintings…from unknown artists to masters such as da Vanci, Raphael, and Titian…it’s a feast for the eyes and a bit overwhelming at first.  The big…

Wandering the Roman Forum


The 1st century AD Arch of Titus looms large upon entering the Roman Forum.  One of many such honorary or triumphal arches in Rome (and elsewhere in Europe for that matter), it was constructed as an homage to Emperor Titus by his brother, Emperor Domitian.  Titus earned fame within the Roman Empire for leading many…

Walking Around Rome


Whenever possible we like to walk around a bit the first evening after arriving in our destination.  It helps to get some exercise before bedtime and adjust to the jet lag.  Besides, evening is an interesting time of day to observe the local happenings – people are getting off work, going out to eat, doing…