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3 Weeks to Go!

I can't sleep. It is 1:36 a.m., and three weeks from tonight, we will be leaving for the airport (at 4 a.m.) for this summer's trip to Italy!

June 28: ONT-ATL-FCO

June 29: Arrive in Rome at 8:30 a.m., drive to Firenze. Dinner at Cibreo.

June 30: Mercato, San Lorenzo, lunch and "walking tour" with Ida and Bill.
Celebrate Ida's birthday with lunch at Osteria Vini e Vecchi Sapori, and
dinner at Buca Lapi.

July 1: Florence: I Latini (maybe a visit with Jane, Ken and Casey)

July 2: Lunch with Gloria in Pisa, afternoon in Fiesole, drink at Hotel San Michele
Dinner in Florence at Osteria Chingale Bianco

July 3: Shopping stop in San Gimignano on our way to Montalcino
Dinner at Grappolo Blu

July 4: Mt. Oliveto, Bagni Vignoni, evening in Montalcino

July 5: Meet Ida and Bill in Montalcino. Market Day
Lunch at Latte di Luna in Pienza
Afternoon at Amorosa (in the enoteca), explore Montisi
Dinner at Da Roberto in Montisi

July 6: Montalcino in morning, Banfi winery in afternoon.
Dinner at Poggio Antico

July 7-13: Drive to Umbria: Le Case Gialle
Umbria Jazz Festival
visit Assisi, Montefalco, Todi, Bevagna, Spello
lunch with Judith

July 14-16: Cortona
Visit with Alessandra & family, Tania & Keith

July 17: drive to Hotel Villa Le Barone in Panzano

July 18: back to Assisi for Slow Travel GTG!!!

July 19-20: Chianti
dinner with Jane, Ken and Casey

July 21: FCO-ATL-ONT

Comments (7)


OMG I can't wait...I'm already there next week!!!!!!!!


Hi Palma,

Is this the same Ida, your Maui "Summer Sister"?

I can not get over how organized you and Brad are in your travel itinerary...I am more like whereever I get hungry we go and dine at the closest eatery... Hence, I have had some very interesting eats in London, pizza in Kyoto, etc ... LOL

You are amazing... I am going to learn from your blog...


Yes, Eden, she is the same Ida you may remember from our wedding party!

We don't USUALLY plan so many meals ahead! Notice there are no restaurant reservations for Umbria, Cortona, Chianti, and one night in Montalcino. We love exploring with no specific "agenda", and discovering a place that looks good at the time. This trip is a little more planned in parts, due to crowds in Florence in the summer, and a few places we have been before or want to try. We like both the planned and the spontaneous!

I'm all worn out just reading it. Busy, impegnata, che fatica!



I'm guessing this means "over-extended" or "over- committed" and exhausting.
We will take a nap MOST days! Let's reframe that to exhilerating and fun! I am always hyper in Italy, and don't want to miss a MOMENT! I can rest at home!

It didn't mean over anything, Palma, just busy and a lot of work. Since I am at home in Italy, can't keep up that pace. Dolce far'niente and all. When I go to the US everybody is working so I sit around a lot reading Consumer Reports.


Sounds like a great trip. Stella loved her time at Le Casa Gialle, did you read her trip report? I'm hoping you'll be blogging during your travels.

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