Vatican City: The Scavi Tour & St. Peter’s Basilica

Everybody who goes to Rome makes it a point to visit the Vatican City. The Vatican museum and St. Peter’s Basilica are the top most visited sites in Italy. What many may not know is another special tour to the Vatican Necropolis (Scavi) underneath the Basilica where Tomb of St. Peter is located. Luckily I readContinue reading “Vatican City: The Scavi Tour & St. Peter’s Basilica”

Rome: Trattoria al Moro, Caffe Greco, Baccano Gelato

So far most of the meals we’ve had in Italy were disappointing with some mediocre dishes that served to merely fill our tummies. That changed when we had dinner at Trattoria al Moro. We were quite famished having skipped lunch and spent the day at the Vatican museum and we arrived a little too earlyContinue reading “Rome: Trattoria al Moro, Caffe Greco, Baccano Gelato”

Rome: Vatican Museum

From the Colosseum and after lunch of gelato we rode the Metro to the Vatican Museum. I bought tickets for a guided tour from the Vatican’s website. I advise taking a guided tour so you will know more information about the things inside the big, big museum. The tour which included the Sistine chapel costContinue reading “Rome: Vatican Museum”

Florence: Uffizi, Accademia & Ponte Vecchio

Among the many attractions in Florence the most popular are the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia and Ponte Vecchio.The most important tip before you go to Florence is to buy your tickets to Uffizi and Accademia online and way in advance. I bought our tickets and audio guide from TickItaly more than a month before leavingContinue reading “Florence: Uffizi, Accademia & Ponte Vecchio”

Florence:Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)

After a day of outlet shopping our driver brought us to Michelangelo Square to end the day with some culture.   Designed in 1869 by Florentine architect Giuseppe Poggi, Piazzale Michelangelo offers panoramic views of Florence and the Arno valley and is a popular spot with locals and tourists. Created as part of major restructuringContinue reading “Florence:Piazzale Michelangelo (Michelangelo Square)”

Florence: Il Duomo, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore

I didn’t do much research on Florence so imagine my surprise when we reached the Piazza del Duomo and saw this amazingly beautiful cathedral made with pink and green marble. I’ve never seen any church like that. Florence’s cathedral stands tall over the city with its magnificent Renaissance dome designed by Filippo Brunelleschi. The cathedralContinue reading “Florence: Il Duomo, Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore”

Barcelona: Tapas 24 & Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

My dreams of dining at El Buli will never be realized now that the famous restaurant of Ferran Adrià  has closed it’s doors. I tried desperately to get reservations at Tickets, the tapas bar in Barcelona Adrià opened with his brother. Reservations for a group of 16 was impossible so I tried it for 4 and evenContinue reading “Barcelona: Tapas 24 & Magic Fountain of Montjuïc”

Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló

We had a free day and Rochelle and I chose to go shopping along the famous Passeig de Gracia. I don’t even remember where my other cousins went. When we went out one store and was about to cross the street Rochelle looked ahead and said, “That looks like a house Gaudi would design.” WeContinue reading “Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batlló”