If you twisted my arm for a favorite day of the trip, this would have been it. A driver and tour guide took us from our hotel to tour the historic hilltop town of Orvieto, and then to one of the most important cities in the world, Assisi. Mrs. Toepfer and I enjoyed Orvieto so […]Read More Day 5, Part 1: Orvieto
Buongiorno; Day 4 was our biggest “business” day of the trip; it was mostly spent scouting performance venues and the parade route, and then in the afternoon we had meetings with representatives from the travel company about insurance, logistics, security, publicity, and itineraries. One of the great aspects of this trip is that the company […]Read More Day 4: Parade & More Performance Venues
Ah, Frascati. What a pleasant surprise. It’s a town approximately 20km southeast of Rome in the beautiful rolling hills lined with Olive trees and vineyards. It’s a very small town of approximately 20,000 residents, but with its scenic views of the valley, boutiques and amazing gelato shops, it is a popular place to visit in […]Read More Day 3, Part 2: Frascati
We did so much this day that I have to split up the post. Day 3 was another jam-packed day full of great experiences. After breakfast we loaded the bus for Vatican City, which is just beyond the city centre. Again, no lines. No waiting to pay admission. “Fast Pass” all the way up to […]Read More Day 3, part 1: Vatican City
Scusi (excuse me) — Some technical difficulties combined with a lack of free time have me behind! Getting caught up now: Breakfast in the Hotel…you’re going to love it. A traditional Italian breakfast is what they call “Caffe & Cornetti,” which usually consists of coffee and a pastry. Very light. Italians generally eat smaller meals […]Read More Day 2 – Hotel Tour, Colosseum, Forum, Bus & Walking Tour
Yesterday was a wonderful day of getting acclimated to our surroundings, working off the jet lag (power through it!), and meeting our travel group for the week. We took a short(ish) drive from our Hotel to the center of Rome past the old city walls, past the Piazza de Poppolo, or the “People’s Square”, and […]Read More Day 1 in Rome
The travel day is in the books, and we’ve arrived in Rome! I woke up early to mow the lawn and take care of the last few packing items before leaving for KCI when I saw the notification: our flight for the first leg of the trip (KCI-Charlotte) had been delayed, which would have caused […]Read More Buongiorno!