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Hotel Novecento, Venice, Italy

I was drawn to the Hotel Novecento by the photos of its beautiful rooms when I searched online for lodging in Venice, Italy. While we stayed there, I was impressed by their attentive but unobtrusive service. The Italian Air Traffic Controllers called a strike the day that we were to arrive in Venice. Once our […]

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Hotel della Signoria Florence, Italy

After spending four nights in a smaller boutique hotel in Venice, the Hotel della Signoria (HDS) in Florence was a big shift. For one, HDS has an elevator, a convenience that our knees greatly appreciated. Though it’s a small elevator, and the sign says that it can accommodate six people, we joked just how they […]

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Headin’ Home Arrivederci Roma – Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

“I’m leavin’ on a jet plane…” was running through my head as we finished packing, checked out of the hotel, and waited for the taxi to the airport. Adriel was hearing ‘Arriverderci, Roma!’ from the movie ‘Seven Hills of Rome‘. Either way, we’re headin’ home. Our taxi was a pleasant surprise…a Tesla! We noticed the […]

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Florentine All Saints Day

We had no idea what to expect for a Florentine All Saints Day, but we were about to find out. It was a sunny day in Florence after three days of cool drizzle. The view from the breakfast room was better than ever. We enjoyed our now usual breakfast of yogurt, European meats and cheeses, […]

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Sorprese Italiane!

Italian Surprises! The narrow alley ways, the canals, the art and the buildings, the food and wine and coffee, but mostly the people. I’d expected to find a dirty, kind of smelly city packed with tourists. Instead I fell in love with Venice and hope to visit again and stay longer. The biggest variation in […]

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Relaxing Halloween in Florence

Late breakfast in the Hotel della Signoria’s breakfast room with great rooftop views kicked off our relaxing Halloween in Florence. We meandered through the nearby streets, visiting a market that appears each morning, and is taken down every night. Do these people start setting up at 3 am? Later, we met my daughter and her […]