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July trip report

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July trip report

My husband and I spent two weeks in Italy in July, starting with three days in Rome. Links to photos and the Rome trip report:



I used the Parla Food gelato guide www.parlafood.com/best-gelato-rome-guide/ but we didn't have enough time to try them all. Also Smitten Kitchen's notes smittenkitchen.com/notes-and-tips-from-rome/ and theromedigest.com, plus our B&B host's recommendations for food.

I reviewed the places we stayed at separately. They were all great, so grateful to TA as a resource for accommodations. Our trip also included Orvieto, Lucca, Cinque Terre, Florence, Bologna, and Milan, there are links to (long) trip reports on the Flickr page if you are interested.

Thanks to everyone on the TA forums, especially for helping me figure out how to reserve the underground Colosseum tour.

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Sounds - and looks from the photos - lovely. Nice weather too it seemed.

I am mystified by the beagles - just wandering loose? I've been many times to Rome and don't recall seeing these wonderful dogs - I can't believe I wouldn't have noticed. Or maybe I did see them but they didn't register for some reason.

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Beautiful! I love the field of sunflowers. Thanks for sharing.

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Wow! Bad beginning and rough end with a good middle part. Not typical. Very nice blog - wonderful pictures and nicely written.

Lot of beagle talk but no pics? We did not see any beagles at least I didn't notice them. I did see about 3 or 4 bernese mountain dogs and lots of cats. I guess it's seeing what you want to see.

What were the highlights?

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Enjoyed your trip report--I think I get your beagle references--I love dachshunds and whenever we travel, if we see dachshunds, we consider it a sign of a great day!!

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The "furry" nuts are chestnuts.


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And pinecones contain pine nuts: pinoli in Italian, use to make pesto sauce.

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Haha, yes I know pine nuts come from pine cones, and thanks TABarrett for the chestnut identification. I too am disappointed there are no beagle photos, but as I am known to run across a piazza to chase down a beagle, I didn't want to appear too crazy. (My husband says it's too late for that.) We have a beagle at home and are always looking out for them. L R, we saw dachshunds too! There was a cute one playing in Piazza Santo Spirito in Florence, and a chubby one who hung out in the church square in Manarola every evening.

So many highlights...vespers at San Miniato, sunflower fields, views on the coast, biking the Lucca city walls, Galeria Borghese, and of course the food!

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What a lovely report. Thank you for sharing! (The Roman Forum arch you're not sure of is the Arch of Septimus Severus.)

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We will look for the beagles. Loved the report and blog. Thanks again.

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What a fantastic report with stunning photos. We go in two weeks! Thank you.