We asked for a lot in a short period of time, zooming from one place to the next. I know it was a crazy itinerary and not easy to put together, so I greatly appreciate your time. Everything was outstanding!
Jeff had never been to Italy. I hadn’t been for 30 years! Rome surprised me. I don’t recall it being as crowded as it was. Years ago it was easy to sit by the Trevi Fountain and contemplate the beauty of the city. This time, it was like someone kicked over an anthill. So many people! The Jewish ghetto, and I must say that was extraordinary. The guide brought so much into focus that we were not aware of, such as “syndrome k” at the hospital.
Without question, our guides were superb. Each one, in each location. Passionate about history and architecture. Just fabulous. In all my travels I’ve not had better. Attentive, intelligent, skilled at capturing our attention and imagination. Again, we learned a great deal.
The theatre in Ortigia was a profound sight for me. I studied playwriting in college and have always been involved in theatre – if you can call Broadway theatre these days. Our guide told us how the town supports the space and they stage the Greek masterpieces during the evenings. We tried to get a ticket but they were sold out. It was deeply moving to me that we couldn’t get in! Demonstrates the love and appreciation people have. And our cooking class starting with the market was extraordinary. We love Fiora!
Taormina’s theatre was magnificent. My favorite thing. We were in Taormina during an end of the Easter holiday, and the streets were decorated beautifully. Waiting for dinner at Rita’s one night, I sat on a step and suddenly a reverential procession came by. I captured the whole thing on video. Stunning.
Gail Trotter – (Santa Fe – MN) – June 2023