Rome, Florence, Cortona (Tuscany),
Cinque Terre, Lake Como
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|Our trip in a Google map. It shows our travel route and important stops. Hotels are numbered.
|Many thanks to Birgit Navarre at McCabe World Travel in McLean, Va., for taking our ideas and turning them into a vacation. She booked our flights, suggested destinations, booked hotels and rental car, and got us off to a running start.
|The Trevi Fountain on our first day in Rome
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|Throwing three coins in the fountain
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|An Egyptian obelisk in a Roman piazza
|Giolliti, an older established gelateria with a popular name. All the locals steered us away from it as a tourist attraction. I would compare it to Cafe du Monde in New Orleans. The fare is no better than elsewhere but you get a certain sense of place.
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|Here is where we went instead, Gelateria Le Palme (The Palms). They offer dozens of flavors, maybe over 100, including conventional gelato plus yogurts, fruits, and mousses.
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|This was an arch that Rabab paused to explore on our way to the Colosseum.
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|The Colosseum as we approach from a side street. It's an awesome sight when it comes into view.
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