I won’t pretend to introduce you to the many iconic sites in this city.  Rome (pics) is truly one of the world’s great cities.  Everybody is familiar with the most notable places here:  the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, etc.


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Rome – Los Angeles Connection

Rome:  Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti)

Los Angeles:  Bunker Hill Steps

The Spanish Steps were designed by the Italian Francesco de Sanctis and built in 1725.  At the foot of the stairs is a fountain featuring a small boat.  The fountain is named Barcaccia and is believed to be by Pietro Bernini.

The Bunker Hill Steps were designed by Lawrence Halprin, inspired by Rome’s Spanish Steps and were completed in 1990.  The stairway is divided in two by a simulated mountain stream.  The source of the water is a fountain at the top called Source Figure which features a sculpture of a female.  This bronze sculpture was designed by Robert Graham.

Europe 2014/2015

We are beginning our 3 month trip to parts of Western Europe.  On December 9, 2014, we departed the US to begin our trip in Rome, Italy.

Along the Tiber River in Rome; Dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the background

Along the Tiber River in Rome; Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in the background


We are planning to spend about 1 month in each of Italy, France and the United Kingdom.  In Italy, we will be visiting Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice, Milan and Turin.  Beyond that our itinerary is less well defined so we will be filling in the details as we go.  We hope you’ll find it interesting to follow along.