Not An Ending ~ Just Another Beginning

I don’t want to forget to mention some places we ate while we were in Rome. The first, cafe and wine bar, Ristorante Trinita De Monti located on the corner, near the obelisk atop the Spanish Steps. We ate there three times. LOVED it three times. Roberto, you’re my favorite!

Best Tortellini Ever

Honie and Roberto

Trinita de Monti Ristorante

Next was Harry’s Bar located across the street from the Hotel Marriott Grand Flora. The food, the atmosphere, the service – yeah, you know -INCREDIBLE.

Exceptional Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar in Rome

Both the view and the breakfast served on the rooftop terrace at the Marriott were spectacular. Via Vittorio Veneto, the street where the Marriott is located is a great place from which walk to anywhere you wish to go. Be aware that if your room is on the street side of the hotel, you’re gonna hear some noise. Music for sure, the truck that comes along just before sunrise to collect every – single – empty – glass – bottle from Harry’s Bar and quite possibly some loud conversations like the one we heard around 4 a.m. between some enthusiastic young men shouting in Italian for about twenty minutes.

For all I know they could have been saying “See you later.” “Yeah, come over to my house tomorrow, my mother will make us a nice roast chicken.”

The Marriott is our hotel of choice for many reasons. Look for more on that love affair in a future post.

Hotel Marriott Grand Flora

Caffe Greco is a must visit, lovely place to sit and enjoy the company of someone you love.

Caffe Greco

The day we headed to our second destination there was a public transportation strike in all of Italy. It seems we are not the only ones in the world who have social, economic, political, human issues. Who knew? I’m not sure what the strike really accomplished. It was only one day; kind of like the SOPA/PIPA show of force. Hopefully something positive came out of it for the transportation workers. I do know that it clogged the roadways with lots of commuters in private vehicles that would have otherwise taken the bus into the city. Fortunately, our transfers and excursions were pre-arranged for us by IC Bellagio. Each of our drivers and guides were extraordinary. It meant a great deal to us that they take pride in what they do. We appreciated their professionalism and sense of humor.

Tiberio Goes For The Tower

In the capable hands of our driver, Tiberio, our first stop on this day was in beautiful Siena, home of the famous Palio Horse Race. Tiberio goes for team Tower. He’s a big fan and happily shared his enthusiasm for the race with us as any good fan would. We stood in the impressive Palazzo Pubblico that holds the thousands of cheering fans, we walked through the narrow streets and enjoyed the shops.

Shop in Siena

Hitching Post

Church in Siena

Another Lovely View

Terrific Tuscan View

We had a delicious lunch and then continued on to San Gimignano, which was my favorite of the two stops we made on our way to Florence. It was less crowded and although the terrain was much the same as Siena, we both agreed that a return trip most definitely will include a stay in the charming village.

San Gimignano

Little Dude in San Gimignano

Ceramic Shop in San Gimignano

Snapshot of Real Life

Someone Wonderful Lives There

There are still many more spectacular views, delightful sensations, and unforgettable moments of to share of our time in Florence. As well as Chianti, Pompei, Positano, Almalfi, Ravello and Capri. Until next time….here’s a little something to hold you over. 

The Food The Food

14 thoughts on “Day Trippin: Roma To Firenze

  1. Wyrd Smythe says:

    Even 40+ years later, I still remember how the food in Italy was amazing. Even in the simple hole-in-the-wall places, it was wonderful.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, there was amazing deliciousness everywhere!

  2. Brigitte says:

    Honie, these pics look like postcards and now I’m starving. xo

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      😛 Thanks, maybe I’ll pick the very best ones and offer them as cards/prints through smugmug.

  3. swlothian says:

    Take me with you next time 👍
    What is your secret to taking such great photos?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Wouldn’t it be great if there was a blogger, indie author, photography, foodie, thinking persons conference in Italy? Then we could all eat, drink and be merry together in real life!
      As for the secret to great photos, you’re kind to say that btw, if I see something I love and it makes me catch my breath, the photo speaks for itself. Many of my pics seem utilitarian, and they are, signs and such are mostly to help me remember where I’ve been. Photos that make the gallery have special meaning to me and it’s my hope that they will be meaningful to someone else.
      That’s my secret. Don’t tell anyone, okay? 😉

  4. IT looks like heaven, the architecture, the friendly people, the glorious food…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Heaven is coming up. I haven’t even gotten to Florence yet. It was my favorite after Rome…oh and San Gimingnano. Then Chianti became my favorite…then….and then…as you can tell I think the entire place is heavenly and I’m loving sharing it. Thanks for your comments.

  5. artsifrtsy says:

    Man -you’re making me hungry. Love your photography – the sites all look so wonderful.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I think we were talking about lunch at breakfast. 🙂 The food was so good and so far this is just day four! It really did keep getting better and better.

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        Awesome! I think I’ll go eat a graham cracker…

        1. artsifrtsy says:

          Seriously – it looks like it was a feast for the eyes as well.

          1. Honie Briggs says:

            Yep, 100% satisfying. Go there. Do it,

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