Sixtythree B&B – Rome Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Author: , November 17th, 2017

Sixtythree B&B - Rome Gay Friendly Guesthouse

Sixtythree guesthouse offers its guests comfortable, clean and centrally located rooms at extremely convenient price since 2005. We are located in the lively and multicucltural district of Esquilino Hill, just 150 meters away from the main entrance of Termini station and within walking distance from the most part of Roman museums and monuments.

Are you willing to skip the public transport and enjoy the best of Rome walking the whole day through history? Or maybe you prefer to book a place in the best connected district of Rome to take advantage of the public transport at best?

In both cases Sixtythree guesthouse is the right place for you. Book on our website the best available rates or contact us to get more information: we hope to make our place your home during your Roman days!

About the rooms: private bathroom, daily cleaning, free wifi (ultra broad band), airconditioning, sat tv.

An Italian breakfast is included in the rate.

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Visit Italy’s Reggio Emilia – Gay Star News

Author: , August 16th, 2017

Reggio Emilia

Situated in Northern Italy, in the Po Valley – about a one-hour drive from Bologna – the town of Reggio Emilia has an ancient history.

In the 11th century, Reggio Emilia was at the heart of the vast territory controlled by Matilda of Tuscany – la Gran Contessa – a powerful feudal ruler and one of the few medieval women to be remembered for her military accomplishments. The castle of Canossa, in the Apennines south of Reggio, was Matilda’s main power-base.

Across the subsequent centuries, Reggio Emilia is a town that has continued to play an important role in the political and cultural life of this part of the world. More recently, it has been referred to as the Tricolour town, because it was here that the future Italian flag was adopted for the first time in 1797.
What to do

The best time to visit this region is during the spring, but at any time of year there’s plenty to explore. Some of the key highlights that you might want to include in your itinerary are:
The Sala del Tricolore (Tricolour Hall) and its Museum, which goes over the historical events with Napoleonic memorabilia and relics of the Risorgimento. Piazza Grande – surrounded by the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Town Hall

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Postcards From An Italian Adventure: Assisi in September

Author: , September 8th, 2010

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Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. Enjoy!

Assisi, Italy

Wednesday, September 8th

Hi, everyone. No, I did not fall off the edge of the earth. Frank, along with our good friends, Ron and Jo Dufresne, arrived here in Florence 6 days ago, so we have been busy. They are trying to get over jet lag, and get re-oriented to Florence again.

Assisi, ItalyFriday we went to Assisi and spent one night. The first day was primarily spent visiting the Franciscan Basilica, and we found a lovely restaurant for lunch.

The evening turned cool and windy pretty early, so we did not walk around much at night. We were still so full from lunch, we just had a drink and snacks for our dinner and called it a day.

The following morning, the weather was gorgeous. We walked and walked, up hill and down dale, visiting churches, and just looking at the beautiful city. By the time we got on the train in the afternoon, we were 4 tired puppies!

Assisi, ItalyYesterday we visited the San Ambrogio Mercato, where we also had lunch, Then more walking. Of course, I had to take them to the OK Bar, and introduce them to my friends there.

Today we went to the Accademia Gallery, with David in all his glory. I never get tired of seeing that wonderful sculpture, as well as the unfinished “Slaves” or “Prisoners”, also by Michelangelo. He really did some beautiful work. I can just see the slaves trying to escape from the marble.

Tomorrow we go to Bolzano and on to Castelrotto in the Dolomites. We are keeping our fingers crossed for good weather. Rain is predicted for Thursday, but we are hoping the weather man will be wrong. I am really looking forward to going back there, and Frank, Ron and Jo are looking forward to seeing it for the first time.

Take care, and look for a blog post of our Dolomites trip about this time next week.

Ciao for now…

Dolly

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Postcards From An Italian Adventure – Moon Over the Arno, Then Monterosso

Author: , September 7th, 2010

Postcards From An Italian Adventure:

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Moon Over the Arno - Florence, Tuscany

Monday, August 30th

Arno River at NightI cannot believe how fast this week has gone. If you read my last blog post, you will know that I came back from Viareggio on Monday afternoon. My young friend, Amanda, was waiting for me at my apartment. It was good to see her again. Her family had gone back to Mexico on Saturday, and she had some free time before visiting other friends, so was spending a few days with me.

We decided, in the late afternoon, to take our cameras, and get some more pictures of Florence. The wind was blowing a bit, and there were still too many people around, therefore, our photo shoot in the afternoon didn’t amount to much. We went to a nice little restaurant near the Arno, had dinner, then went back to the river when it was dark.

I had seen the full moon when I was in Viareggio, so looked at my calendar, to find that Tuesday would be the official full moon. We walked down to the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci, so that we were able to look back at the Ponte Vecchio. The wind had stopped, the water on the river was as still as glass.

We got some pretty good shots, as you will see. We finally got back to the apartment about 11:00 p.m. We had had a very nice day, but we were going to go to Cinque Terre on Tuesday, so we had to pack and get some sleep.

Monterosso

Early Tuesday we took the train to Monterosso. We had reserved a room in a quaint little hotel right on the main street.

As soon as we checked in, we got out beach things, and headed to Marina Stella, where we rented an umbrella and 2 lounge chairs. It was a very convenient place, as the Marina also had an outdoor cafe; we never had to leave the place. We were marvelously lazy, just swam, read our books, had lunch, and repeated the swimming, reading and an occasional nap.

MonterossoWe finally dragged ourselves back to the hotel, got cleaned up and went to dinner. After dinner, we took some pictures of full moon at Monterosso. We really took advantage of that full moon!

Wednesday we repeated the activities of Tuesday, but we took the train to Vernazza to have dinner. Amanda had not been to Cinque Terre before, so this was a nice treat for her. We were able to enjoy the beach again on Thursday, as our train back to Florence did not leave until 4:00 in the afternoon.

We did take a walk to the Old Town of Monterosso, as well as walked through Vernazza, so Amanda got a taste of Cinque Terre.

Today she left for Padua to visit more friends. I am alone once again, but Frank will be arriving in a few days, along with our good friends, Ron and Jo. Then I can be a Mamma Duck once again. Greg, Patty and Aja Garcia will join us here on September 20.

Hope you enjoy the pictures of our full moon photo sessions, and also, the beach shots of Monterosso.

Ciao for now.

Dolly

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Postcards From An Italian Adventure: Another Busy Week

Author: , August 25th, 2010

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Monday, August 16th

ViareggioToday is Friday already, and I realize that I have not posted anything since we christened the new Carli apartment a week ago. As usual here, there is always something going on.

Friday, I went with the Carli’s back to their home in Viareggio. The weather was gorgeous, so Saturday and Sunday was spent at the beach. I did take a long walk along the Promenade, until I came to a bridge over a small river/creek/canal, the separated Viareggio from Lido di Camiore. I reached the bridge just in time to watch a boat parade off the sea coast there.

ViareggioThe beaches along this part of the sea are accessed by private establishments, so if you want to lay on the beach, or use a chair and umbrella, you must pay for that privilege. Many of these places are large enough to have a swimming pool, as well as the requisite chairs, umbrellas, snack bar, dressing rooms, showers. Each place also his its own life guard. I like that!

But from the Promenade, one cannot see the sea… therefore, I accepted the Carli’s hospitality one more time, and spent most of Saturday and Sunday afternoons, lazing under an umbrella on the beach.

Viareggio Roof PartySunday night they hosted a dinner at their apartment, and we were able to dine outside on the rooftop terrace. What a lovely evening. Both of their sons were there, as well as Magda’s sisters, and other friends, some of whom I had met before, so I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Monday morning I took the train back to Florence, then Tuesday got on another train to Verona, as I had a ticket for the opera, “Aida”, to be performed in the Arena, the ancient Roman coliseum there. I was so excited about that. I arrived early enough that I had the entire afternoon and evening free to see Verona.

Palazzo Carli, VeronaAlthough I had just been there in June, it was fun to see some things again, yet find other things I had not seen before. I stumbled across a beautiful Palazzo, called Palazzo Carli (pictured at right). Hmmm! Is this going to be a new rental for the Incentro.it enterprises? If so, I will put my bid in for this right now!

That evening I had a nice quiet, light dinner at Osteria Le Vecete, where our group had enjoyed dinner in June. Then off to the Arena for the opera.

Verona

The Arena has great acoustics. The stage settings were marvelous, and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to see this wonderful opera in that setting. The weather stayed balmy; that had been a concern, as rain had been predicted for the evening, but it never happened. Such a fantastic experience. Then, like Cinderella, I had to leave the magic behind, and in the early morning, headed back to Florence. Of course, Florence has its own magic for me, so that was just fine.

Now I have prepared minestrone soup, the Genovese style soup, with no tomatoes, but pesto added. That should last the rest of the week.

Sunday is a National Holiday in Italy. I have not been able to find out the reason for the holiday, but nevertheless, there will be one. It is rather quiet in the neighborhoods now, anyway, as many of the businesses are closed for the month of August, or part of it, anyway. The San Ambrogio market only had about half the stalls that are usually there. My chicken market and the olive guy were all on holiday… but by September 1, all should be up and running again.

Even my hairdresser across the street is gone for the month, but I should not need a hair cut again for at least another few weeks. I went there 2 weeks ago and got a trim, but told him to leave the top of my hair alone, and he did. It is just now getting to a point where I can actually use a brush and hair dryer – this from the hair cut I got in June!!

So, now I will close. It is raining off and on today, so I am spending most of the day indoors, reading, catching up on things, making soup.

Ciao for now…

Dolly

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Postcards From an Italian Adventure – Firenze in the Rain

Author: , May 23rd, 2010

Dolly "Bella" GoolsbyOur dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. She’s using a new iPad, and had a bit of trouble getting us pictures at first, but as her story progresses, we’ll have some great pics to share with the Purple Roofs readers too. Enjoy!

Yesterday the rest of the group arrived, for our Florence and the Hill Towns tour.

Not without a bit of difficulty, I might say, because of the weather. Sharona and Carmella got here about 3 p.m., I think. We were expecting them sooner, but planes were not able to land in Florence, due to rain and wind, so they had to circle, and finally made one of the worst landings ever, according to Carmella, but it was either land or divert to Bologna and bus them down, which would have not been fun, either.

So we relaxed, heard about their trip, and awaited the other 4, that were due to arrive at 5:25 pm. About 6:30, I started worrying, checked the Lufthansa web site to find they had been delayed in Frankfurt, then when they did get to leave, again planes could not land in Florence.

Same story as above. Plane finally made a hop and skip type landing, slithering down the runway, but here they were, only 3 hours late, but amazing, no lost luggage.

Susan and I had soup, bread and wine waiting for them. Some tired people, but after some dinner, and showers, they were good to go.

Today, it was still raining off and on. We went to San Ambrogio market, and bought the food for our dinner tonight, then had a cappucchino at Robiglio pasticerria, right next to our apartment. We thought we might walk through town; however, the rain came down in buckets, so we had lunch and a 2 hour siesta time, then went to the Museo di Duomo.

By then the rain was either very light or stopped altogether, so we did get a good walk in, along the Arno, down to Santa Crocem where there were the little huts set up from all the different regions of Italy, where one could buy typical food products of the regions.

We bought some arancini (from Sicily), some bread from Sardinia, and had a small repast at the apartment before we made dinner. Dinner was pasta with fresh tomato sauce, burrata chees and basil.

Now if you haven’t had burrata cheese, other than tell you it is marvelous, I don’t know how to describe it. It is a soft cheese, similar to fresh mozzarella, but filled with cream inside, so all this lovely stuff goes into the cooked pasta and fresh tomato sauce, and fresh basil. It is quite heavenly, and simple.

Cherie had bought us a nice bottle of limoncello, and we had also bought a carmelized pear in some wonderful sauce at the market this morning, so we had a wonderful meal. OH, yes, I fell off the no sugar thing today. Had my first gelato of this stay, while we were walking, then 1/6 of that decadent pear, More water and walking tomorrow, I can tell you.

We are going to Lucca tomorrow, despite the 80% chance of rain. We have decided that life cannot stop because of rain, and who cares anyway? WE ARE IN ITALY!!!!

Wish all of you guys could be here with us. I am trying to speak Italian as much as I can, but it is slow, and much like Spanglish, but Italianish.
And I have to tell you, my Italiano classmates are not jumping in and rescuing me. I had to talk to them about that….

We are having a wonderful time. Will write more after Lucca.

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Postcards From an Italian Adventure – Back to Firenze

Author: , May 21st, 2010

Dolly "Bella" GoolsbyOur dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on an extended adventure in Italy. She has graciously agreed to let us republish her travel logs. She’s using a new iPad, and had a bit of trouble getting us pictures at first, but as her story progresses, we’ll have some great pics to share with the Purple Roofs readers too. Enjoy!

We made it back to Firenze this evening. Did a bit of shopping at the Euro Store and Conad market, came to the apartment, made a simple little pasta dinner, and opened a huge bottle of wine (1.5 liter) that we got for 4.40 Euro, a screw top from Montelpuciano. It is very good…

There was a bit of rain when we first got here, but rain is predicted for the rest of the week. Our day tomorrow will be spent getting ready for our travel group. We are expecting to have a great deal of fun, in spite of the weather. It is not cold, the rain has stopped now, so we will be opimistic that the weather will not interrupt any of our plans.

Sorrento was above beautiful. Sunday, (now look how good we are!!) Susan and I started our day by going to Mass. Then we decided to walk, get out of Central Sorrento, away from the tourists, so we took back streets, and walked into the next town, S. Agnello, found a nice little sidewalk caffe overlooking the water, had lunch, then walked back to Sorrento. A nice little walk, have no idea how far we walked.

When we got back to our hotel, I played around again with the IPad, and Susan took a nap….big mistake…I should have taken the nap and let her play with the IPad. Because when she was rested, we had both showered, we walked down to the Marina Grande again for our final fish dinner. Little did we know, it was the Festa for S. Antononino, and we got to see the parade, with the band, the priests and finally the men carrying the statue. I didn’t know there were that many people in Sorrento, let alone, people in the church. Each order had their own color, flags, incense, etc. (Please forgive me, as I am not Catholic, so I do not know all the protocol, but this was a Huge parade). There were fireworks, all the locals hung white tablecloths out their balconies. Marveloso!! We were happy to be a spectator to this grand event.

Then, (this is why I should have taken the nap) Susan said, let’s make one more walk through the town. So we did… Now,how many miles have I walked this day???? I ran a tub and soaked for a while, to relax my poor tired legs..

I am still trying to be good about the sugar thing, however, the limoncello has called to me….so along with the wine, the limoncello is my sugar allotment. It is so good!! Might even be better than mine, though I hate to admit that.

Please keep in touch. Let us know how you are doing. I have just completed the first week of 24 here in Italy. The reality of that did not hit me, until I was looking at little sundresses, for Presley, and realized that she will have outgrown anything I buy, when I see her again in October. Sobering thought. She will be 9 months old when I see her, and I am sad to miss so much of these next 6 months, to watch her grow. So, Jesse and Rochelle, keep those Flix coming. And Aja, I will look forward to seeing you in September!!

In the meantime, I am very happy to be back in Florence, the city that I love. Susan and I are having a great time….especially, since she just washed all the dishes while I was writing this letter. Aren’t I clever??

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