Church of Santa Maria del Popolo
Most tourists miss this church. Next time you are around, pop in to see some fantastic sculptures and paintings. You’ll find works here by Raphael, Bernini and Caravaggio (all “in situ”). The Cerasi Chapel displays Caravaggio’s “Crucifixion of St. Peter” done in his characteristic style of darkness and light.
The Trevi Fountain
This fountain is perhaps one of the most widely recognized landmarks in Rome. It has freshly emerged from a 2.2 million euro cleaning sponsored by Fendi, an Italian fashion company. I snapped this photo, early on a Sunday morning, just before the tourist onslaught.
An early morning trek through Rome
Charlotte and I got out for a little exercise and found these spots delightful without the traffic and tourists.
Siena’s Duomo and the “secret” panoramic view point and some silly David bloopers. Click the image below to see the video.
Hiking in the Cinque Terre
Hiking the trails in Liguria offers the perfect mix of sun, sea and the outdoors. Click the image below to see the video.
Ristorante Al Castillo
My friends Monica and Massimo have struggled to keep their restaurant open since the massive flood in September 2011. I was happy to be one of their first diners on opening day of the grand re-opening last week. Super-tasty food- Seafood salad and lasagna al pesto.