Monday, October 27, 2008

Italy in December

Rome ● Montecatini Terme ● Florence ● Siena ● Perugia Assisi

Day 1: Depart from Home
Experience the genuine "Heart of Italy" on this familiarization tour that features the renowned regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Your journey begins with an overnight flight to the Italian capital of Rome.

Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Arrive in Rome today. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines.

Day 3: Rome - Montecatini Terme
A panoramic tour of Classical Rome features such incredible sights as the Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus, the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. Travel north through the stunning region of Tuscany to the elegant spa town of Montecatini Terme, where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 4: Montecatini - Florence - Montecatini
A short journey brings you to magnificent Florence. Begin your day in the "Cradle of the Italian Renaissance" with a guided walking tour of the city sights, including the cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, located in the religious center of the Piazza Del Duomo; Palazzo Vecchio; and the Ponte Vecchio. The remainder of the day is yours to continue exploring the cultural capital of Italy. This evening enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by dinner at a popular local restaurant before returning to Montecatini.

Day 5: Montecatini - Siena - Perugia
Today you will travel through the spectacular Tuscan countryside to the city of Siena. Here you will enjoy a walking tour and visit the historic piazza famous for the Palio Horse Race. Later, continue to Perugia, a stunning Etruscan town and your base for exploring Umbria.

Day 6: Perugia - Assisi - Perugia
Travel to the walled city of Assisi. Enjoy a guided tour of the historic old city featuring the magnificent Basilica dedicated to St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order of monks. Afterward, enjoy some time at leisure to experience this spiritual place at your own pace. Experience the sights of historic Perugia during a free afternoon in this fabulous city. See medieval palaces, the ornate cathedral and the magnificent Piazza IV Novembre.

Day 7: Perugia - Rome
Return to Rome and spend some time independently exploring the city and strolling its boutique-lined streets for some last-minute shopping. This evening gather for a farewell dinner to celebrate your adventures in Tuscany and Umbria.

Day 8: Depart for Home
This morning your familiarization tour comes to a close in Rome.
YOUR ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Crowne Plaza St. Peter's - Rome, Rome
Day 3, 4 Hotel Ercolini e Savi, Montecatini Terme
Day 5, 6 Sangallo Palace Hotel, Perugia
Day 7 Grand Hotel Palazzo Carpegna, Rome

Thursday, October 09, 2008

10 Days

I leave this afternoon for my trip to England, Spain, and maybe Northern Ireland(not sure if that part was ever confirmed or not). I've been looking forward to this for months now and as I'm getting ready to leave and its raining outside and the stock market is crashing and the world as we know it might be crumbling away...I just feel good to be away from it all for a few days. Maybe when I get back in 10 days things will look a bit brighter.

Anyone who reads this...let me know if you want anything from the old countries.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Money

New Windshield - $198
New Address - Save $156 a year on car insurance.
Flight to Belfast, Ireland - £1 (seriously not kidding here)

Oh, and I checked my 401k yesterday. Down 24.9% this year. I just wanted to send a special thank you to congress for that one.