Posts Tagged: Italy

  • International

    The 2015 Milan Expo

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    I must admit, when I think of Milan my initial thought is always of being at the train station and the Embassy and being scared shitless that my girlfriend was gone. For that, my opinion of Italy’s second largest city is a bit skewed. Also, outside of that fiasco, I only spent one full day… Read more »

  • Hiking & Backpacking

    High Above Lake Como: The Climb to Monte Grona

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    Buzzed on Limoncello and stuffed with McDonald’s, our next train ride was much happier. With my eyes on her the whole ride, Glenna managed to stay on the train this time and we got off together at the stop in Varenna. It was a little town on the Eastern edge of Lake Como and the main… Read more »

  • International

    The Day My Girlfriend Disappeared

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    The early morning hours found us huffing our packs across the footbridges of Venice’s canals. We had an early AM train ride and the city was dead; just the way we liked it. The sun peeked above the horizon in a splash of color as we boarded the train bound for Milan. We picked out… Read more »

  • International

    A Stroll Through Venezia

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    We snuck into a private compartment on the train from Naples to Rome. It was a cozy experience. So cozy, in fact, we may or may not have been caught in the middle of some certain adult activities; though that’s a story for another time! We were also sheltered from the creepy man who stalked… Read more »

  • International

    5 Pizzas in 24 Hours… Naples Done Right

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    Naples is a misunderstood city. It is an old city, one of the oldest continuously inhabited in the world, with a long and proud history. Yet people often judge Naples by its recent decline and struggle with crime. The Italian Mafia group known as the Camorra originated here, dating back to the 16th century. The… Read more »

  • International, Peaks & Mountains

    Pompeii, Vesuvius, & The Amalfi Coast

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    The train ride from Rome to Naples was fairly quick. From Naples, we took the Circumvesuviania train South to Pompeii. Upon stepping off the train, it was immediately evident this was a bit of a tourist trap. Pop-up restaurants, drink stands, and guided tours littered the small road along the track. Everyone was trying to… Read more »

  • International

    Living La Dolce Vita in Rome

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    There is evidence that humans have been living in the area of the city of Rome for almost 14,000 years! Legend tells us though, it all began in 753 BC. Sons of a virgin and the god of Mars, Romulus and Remus were left to die. Against all odds, the Tiber River swept them to… Read more »

  • International

    A Taste of Tuscany: Florence In a Flash

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    The Leaning Tower of Pisa We continued down the coast of Italy, catching the early morning train to Pisa. I must admit, we only had one goal with our short stop: see the leaning tower. We followed the swarm of camera-toting, flippy-flopping tourists to the town’s main attraction located in a large piazza. A poorly laid… Read more »