Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
11Trip End Jul 11, 2011
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Spanish Steps and Assisi
A very well- dressed shuttle driver whisked us to the Panda Hotel, near the Piazza Espagna (Spanish Steps) Thanks for the great suggestion, Tom and Elvira. We quickly settled, then hustled off to the Villa Borghese, at where we enjoyed hundreds of 16th century paintings and sculptures.
Jet lag finally caught up with us,so we dropped ourselves back at the Panda, pounded down some pasta and fell asleep early, to be sure we woke in the middle of the night.
Morning finally came and we were among the first to arrive at Vatican City. Saint Peter's is beautiful and absolutely cavernous, especially when you're there before the tourist crowds
We stopped at St.Sabina, an 800 -year -old church, on our way back to the hotel. It is phenomenal to see this well-preserved, ornate religious art.
But tourists must eat, and we did at the Enoteca (wine bar) Antica. We ate what we judge to be the best antipasti in the world and were introduced to Orvieto wine, an experience that would alter our driving route to Assisi.
Walking around Rome at night was magical. Its lights, lights, lights and people, people, people. We ended up at the Trevi fountain where hundreds of people, some seeing it for the first and only time, and some nightly visitors mix to celebrate life and wish for good luck.
Our Roman experience was short but a great beginning to this year's experience.
Saturday morning we picked up Kermit the Kar and headed straight to Orvieto to buy a case of wine and a beautiful ceramic platter, before continuing to Assisi
Assisi is a charming old city.We enjoyed a great dinner at a local restaurant, La Fortessa, and witnessed a small-town political rally. Palm Sunday morning we were given olive branches, the tradition here since they're a long ways from palm fronds. We will always remember the high, hand painted ceilings in our huge hotel room.
Sunday afternoon we hopped into Kermit and headed for Florence and the Hotel Bretagna,
located on the Arno, close to the British Consulate and looking onto the Ponte Vecchio