Quartiere Coppedè

An amazing residential neighborhood near the Borghese Park area.

We took the 63 bus from our neighborhood to Coppedè. We arrived to a more 19th century look than the building we have been seeing in the Campo dei Fiori are where we have an apartment for two weeks.

Entrance Arch to Coppedè

The entire quartiere is quieter, and less hectic than other neighborhoods we have walked through. There is no lack of good places to shop and eat. We stopped at 7 Grammi for lunch and that total bill was 23 Euros. I recommend adding this to your list of walks in Rome.

I found this through reading one of my main sources of information for Rome. The blog “An American in Rome” by Natalie if my favorite Italy blog. Google it and you will have a wealth of knowledge of the city sights , dining, and just plain fun things to do.

Cortina d’Ampesso, The Beauty Of The Domoliti

View from our Airbnb in Cortina d’Ampezzo

We arrived in Cortina d’Ampezzo late afternoon after driving in heavy rain from Milano. Just as we arrived, the clouds parted, and the sun came out. As we drove up the windy roads to our Airbnb we saw the snow covered mountains and the blue sky. It snowed this morning making our arrival even more spectacular.

Cortina d’Ampezzo is beautiful. Skiing, mountain and road biking, hiking, or enjoying a drink outside one of the many restaurants and bars in the area.

The views are amazing.

Big, beautiful, and upscale. When the Olympics come, prices will go sky high. This is the view from our Airbnb again.

We had the best Airbnb ever. After three years of Airbnb in Italy, this was the real 5 star rating. Our hosts were fantastic. The rooms were spotless, and relaxing. The views amazing. Put a comment on the blog and I will send you the info. We liked it so much we cooked dinner for our hosts. Ninety per cent of our conversation was in Italian. Glad to have Italian Pod and Duolingo helping me.

What I Can’t Travel Without

First and O2 Travel Fan, Runs from any USB charger or the enclosed power supply 120/220 volts. This is also perfect for speeding the drying of clothes.

02 Travel Fan 120/220 with adapter about $15 on Amazon
Multi Port Hi Amperage Charger

I charge 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, 1 Camera, 1 Watch, and can plug in the USB travel fan if need be.

Mini Power Strip
LED night light and 2 prong adapter

After waking into wall at 2 am I newer travel without a night light. This is a dual voltage model available on Amazon. Six for less than $10.

On this month long trip to Italy, we are using carryon luggage only. My wife did better than I did. She traveled with 1 carryon suitcase, and a small handbag. I brought the carryon plus a small under seat back back.

VARENNA, BELLAGIO, LENNO, AND MORE ON LAKE COMO

I love the lake region of Italy. Each lake has it’s special appeal. The mountains that surround the lake give it a special charm.

The villages rise up from the shore of the lake.

Taking the ferries is inexpensive. A all day pass for all points served is 30E and if you are a senior it is 24 Single trips are 5E.

Some of the views may seem familiar. This is the location from many movies. Think Star Wars, and A Month By The Lake..

Next up is Vicenza. Home to much of the work by the Architect Palladio.

Triennale, Milano The Design Musuem

The Triennale in Milano is a design museum in Parco Sempione. In short is has some very interesting exhibits of design in Italy from the early 1900s to present.

The physical displays are very interesting and cover furniture to technology. You will see by the photos what it is all about.

What is lacks is additional assets and repairing of infrastructure and better signs.

Here are some of the exhibits I saw.

Smile.

The above is live art.You will see sections of the painting move as this is a video creation made to look like an oil painting. Exhibition was sponsored by Samsung.

Pecks, the neighborhood deli.

Well not exactly. Like Eataly, and Balduccis the foodie markets in Italy and New York there are extremes here. Prices are alti, high. Selections, nothing but the best.

Bringing items home from Peck can cost more than dining at a fashionable ristorante.

My wife purchased about 8 oz of pecorino cheese, and a small container of frutti di mare and the total was 35 Euros. But this is a special place. Prosciutto is on a cutting board and is cut to order. Nothing that is not fresh is sold here.

Unaffordable but delicious. South African lobster tails.

We enjoyed our visit, and the pecorino cheese is delicious. I think the prices at Eataly are much more affordable. Both at the Rome and Milan stores.

When you make your selection,the items are weighed and you are given a label to take to the cashier. Each selection is wrapped like it was purchased from Tiffany’s but in yellow, not in blue.

Tomorrow, the Triennale Milano, the musuem of design.

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