The final chapter of my 2016 Italian Adventure

Vatican City: A lifelong dream come true!

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On a hot July day in 2016, my lifelong dream of seeing the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel came true.

The beauty and magnificence of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni’s work nearly brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t cry though, mostly I found a spot against the wall, sat and marveled at the ceiling.

Although I enjoyed my visits to the Flavian Amphitheatre and the Forum, they pale in comparison of viewing the ceiling the Sistine Chapel. Magnificent! (Check out Getting the Boot and All Roads Lead to Roma).

Also include was a tour of the Vatican Museums. I wasn’t keen on the museum and was a bit perturbed I had to endure the museum before seeing the ceiling but it was part of the tour package I purchased, and no sense wasting money. Despite my lack of interest, touring the museum was interesting.

The next day, leisure was on the agenda. Walking around Soriano nel Cimino was a treat, despite the steep and unforgiving hills. A beautiful town with wonderful people. I truly enjoyed my stay here.

No visit to Italy is complete without a foray into the kitchen. I ended my trip with a wonderful cooking class – learning to make cheese using sheep’s milk (Yes sheep’s milk), how to properly make and cook pasta, and then rolling out the dough for what turned out to be the most delicious pizza I’ve ever tasted.

Chef Roberto is an amazing chef. He wasn’t bad looking either, given that many of the ladies in the cooking class kept asking him question on his relationship status. Even with that – the class was a blast.

Overall, my 2016 Italian Adventure was a rip-roaring ride!

And I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As always …


Me making dough in my Italian cooking class. Mama would be so proud



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