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  1. Avatar Sandra Panici
    January 26, 2017 @ 4:49 pm

    Oh John, thank you, this read is indeed so refreshing and delightful, I know I will return to it again and again.

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  2. John Henderson John Henderson
    January 26, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    Thanks for the note, Sandra. Careful, though. Once you come here, it’s very hard to leave. When was the last time you cried in public? It happens all the time.

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  3. Avatar Un po' di pepe
    January 26, 2017 @ 11:14 pm

    Great list! Ive camped near Vieste several times and it’s beautiful. i especially love the trabucchi. Lots of other places I need to visit on your list. Ciao, Cristina

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  4. John Henderson John Henderson
    January 27, 2017 @ 1:55 am

    Thanks for the note, Cristina. Let me know of any hidden gems you find.

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  5. Avatar Charlene
    January 27, 2017 @ 3:21 am

    Great article. You should send this in to Travel & Leisure Magazine for publication!

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 28, 2017 @ 1:18 am

      Good idea, Charlene! Thank you! Wanna be my agent? Unfortunately, Travel & Leisure has likely already done it a few times.

      John

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  6. Avatar Doria
    January 27, 2017 @ 4:23 am

    Thanks John! Always enjoy your blog. We were in Pisa last year and went to a brilliant museum San Matter. It has the most amazing collection of Medieval sculptures and paintings. It was virtually empty. It was free admission as it was a Sunday. Unlike many museums you could stand up close and really look at the objects! Fantastic! !
    If you have any interest in Medieval art then I highly recommend it.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 28, 2017 @ 1:17 am

      Thanks, Doria. I’ll keep that place in mind.

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  7. Avatar Doria
    January 27, 2017 @ 4:24 am

    San Matteo not matter as was substituted by my silly phone!:(

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  8. Avatar Todd
    January 27, 2017 @ 10:46 am

    Thanks for the info. I am going to ride my bike to Calcata tomorrow morning. Oh, and fellow Denverite here.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      January 28, 2017 @ 1:16 am

      Thanks for the note, Todd. It’s a nice climb to Calcata at the end? You’re from Colorado? Let’s meet for a beer sometime. I’m at Johnhenrome@gmail.com.

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      • Avatar Todd
        January 28, 2017 @ 6:47 am

        God, it is beautiful And yes, very nice climb at the end, and the best reward for a climb ever. Thanks again for posting about it, otherwise that beauty might have slipped right past me. And, yep, Denver boy here (though, I don’t really know what that means now) in Roma until July. I would love a beer, and will shoot you an email.

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  9. Avatar Donald King
    January 28, 2017 @ 6:41 am

    Awesome! Will visit soon!

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  10. Avatar janinitaly
    February 27, 2017 @ 10:28 am

    Ciao John! I’m headed to Umbria in a few weeks and just might make a trek to Urbino. It’s been on my list for awhile. A tip about Bolzano: we stopped there after 8 days of hiking in the Dolomites, on our way to Lago di Garda, in July. Oh mamma mia… can you say “humidity?” Or maybe it was just a matter of being so spoiled with the clear mountain air that it just struck us. It was HOT! But that was two summers ago, when all of Italy was sweltering. My cousins also rave about the Ragusa-Noto- Modica area. Next time! A dopo –

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      February 27, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

      I tell people never come to Italy in July. It’s the worst month of the year to visit anywhere in the world, for that matter. Italy is steaming and packed. In fact, all of Europe is crowded. Asia is too hot, the Southern Hemisphere is too cold and the Caribbean is too rainy. The only places in the world perfect in July are Colorado, Canada/Alaska and Mongolia. And Mongolia has the worst food I’ve ever had. (Like mutton? You’d better.) I don’t go anywhere in July except the beaches around Rome. I just sit on my terrace — in the mornings and evenings — and eat fruit.

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      • Avatar janinitaly
        February 28, 2017 @ 4:48 am

        Or go to the Dolomites! In 2015 we had perfect weather every day. Last year, one morning started with snow on the ground. Granted, you’re up 5000 feet. Then I went back to Siena and Naples. It was hot but not like 2015. I actually like it in July. 🙂

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