Tag Archives: Italy

Memories of the Mediterranean

Our most recent Global Fieldtrip Night – Marvelous Mediterranean – was a resounding success!  So far at each of our evenings we have had a different mix of people attend every time and this weekend was no exception.  We had almost 40 people attend, including

Global Fieldtrip Night: Announcing Marvelous Mediterranean!

Picture it…beautiful beaches, the waves of the Mediterranean Sea lapping at your feet.  Overhead, gulls cry out as they look for their next free meal from a tourist! This month we will be featuring Spain, Italy, Greece and Turkey with great stories, photos and food to help forget about the cold


Our last port on the cruise was in Naples where we visited the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. It was a lot of fun and I want to go back again in the future. Positano This is a beautiful little town right on the Mediterranean Sea.

A Pirate’s life for me!

Haargh, me mates!  What better way to see the world than from the deck of a ship?! One of our goals in doing this trip is to try multiple modes of transportation.  To date, we have traveled extensively by car, we have done a bit

Visit to the Vatican

No trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to Vatican City -the smallest state in the world. We had a great walk around Saint Peter’s Square and enjoyed the beautiful architecture. For this experience, we wanted it to be really well done, so

Roaming Through Rome

For those of you who have been following our Italian adventures, you’ll know that in Florence we did an amazing scavenger hunt called a whai whai. We did what we could to find the one for Rome – but we had no luck – the

The Hunger Games, Roman Style

The crowd cheers. Your opponent stands in a ready position. The emperor watches. The sword glistens in your hand. You charge your opponent, swinging your sword and as metal hits metal he blocks your attack. All you do is think ‘I’ll be free soon.’ This is what

Our trip is in ruins…

Our trip is officially in ruins. There are ruins on the left.  There are ruins on the right!  Ruins, everywhere!  Welcome to Rome, a real treat for anyone who loves antiquity! We arrived in Rome after a lovely visit in Lucca, and settled into our

Lovely Lucca

We had a wonderful time relaxing in the Tuscan countryside, but we knew it was time to move on. We had a great opportunity to stay with some friends in Lucca, just a short drive from Pisa. Karen is a dear friend of mine going

Once upon a time in Pisa…

Can you say “whoops”?  Imagine that you are an engineer and your job is to build a bell tower for a Cathedral.  And I don’t mean a small tower, I’m talking 185 feet (53m) high, complete with row upon row of ornate columns and arches all the

Fabulous Florence – Discovering the Secrets!

Florence is a beautiful city full of fabulous art and history. Over the course of our stay, and as you can see by Mik and Zoe’s blog posts, we went a couple of tours that focused upon the Renaissance and the Medici family. On our

Our highlights of the Uffizi

Can you think of a single word to describe some fantastic Italian art?  Some might pick “Uffizi”!  The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the home to works by Italy’s greatest artists – Michaelangelo,  Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael just to name a few. We

The Most Important Italian Family….

The most powerful Italian family in the Renaissance era was the Medici family. They started as bankers and were such good business people, they were eventually the leaders of Italy for 350 years. Four Medici men were so powerful they became pope! The Medicis had

Our First Tour of Florence

If you were living in the heart of the Renaissance where would you be? You guessed it!…. Florence, Italy! After staying in Morocco, we returned to Barcelona and drove to Florence, Italy.  While there we stayed in a nice apartment in the perfect location.  We were right in