1. Avatar Tom Owens
    January 11, 2019 @ 4:43 am

    A wonderful post, John. I only worry that every place you write about will be overcrowded with hundreds of other readers drawn to Rome by your love letters before I have a chance to pack my bags!


  2. Avatar Rosanna
    January 11, 2019 @ 7:15 am

    I love your site John, and although I have been to Italy several times and have Italian heritage, your articles make me yearn to travel there stay for longer periods of time. Grazie!


  3. Avatar Deedee Shaw
    January 11, 2019 @ 8:35 am

    I can’t even remember how I came across your blog but it is my favourite. I eagerly anticipate each new entry. I have only been to Rome (and Italy) once, this past May. I fell in love and will go back. And I love how you finished the above entry. I am starting my workday here in Vancouver with a smile and a happy heart. Happy anniversary, cheers, Deedee


  4. Avatar Deedee Shaw
    January 11, 2019 @ 9:26 am

    It was our 25th wedding anniversary trip…I’ve travelled extensively in SE Asia, Central America, India, Egypt and parts of Europe but never Italy (even though my son lived in Italy for 2 years)…I was enchanted and found myself thinking about the next time, what to see, where to go, your blog will certainly help with all that. Again, thanks for making my dark and rainy Vancouver morning at work happy.


  5. Avatar Virginia Mastroianni
    January 11, 2019 @ 10:06 am

    Happy Anniversary to you and the lovely Marina, John! What a wonderful blog! Your words make me want to book a flight back to Rome…BRAVO AND BRAVA to you both. Roma is magnificent. Being in love in Roma is perfection.


  6. Avatar Kathy
    January 11, 2019 @ 10:45 am

    What a wonderful and beautiful tribute to the eternal city and Marina. Thank you for giving me my dose of Italy, more specifically Rome on a Friday. I also like you annual list of secret gems. My Italian family live in Rome and I’ve traveled there and beyond every year for the past 23 years, mainly in September, occasionally in October. This year a work function precludes a fall trip, so will travel to Rome in mid-May. I hope to love it as much that time of year and check out some the cibo and vino spots you have mentioned.


  7. Avatar Mike Moore
    January 12, 2019 @ 11:15 am

    I chanced upon the Dog-Eared Passport about a year ago and have been hooked ever since on your colorful and insightful take on living in Rome, travel, and politics, and this story was no exception ( although I’m a bit surprised that the suit didn’t have some red and yellow in it). Happy Anniversary and here’s to many more years in la Bella Roma!


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