Viva Italia Rome & Sorrento

Rome

Hotel Canada is in a very old building that housed occupying allied troops after the war. It’s been a family-run hotel since then; the old folks that took it over are still in residence on one of the floors in the building. They returned to Rome from Canada after the war, hence the Hotel Canada name. Although the family is still running it, they are now partnered with Best Western. All of this I got from the guy at the check-in counter.

Hotel Canada Entrance

Hotel Canada Entrance

The interior of the building is very warm and Italian.

Hotel Canada Interior 1 Hotel Canada Interior 2

The Lobby

The Lobby

The hotel’s elevator I took to my room on the 6th floor is like a birdcage from a bygone era.

The elevator in the center of the staircase.

The elevator in the center of the staircase.

The elevator in the center of the wrap-around stairs.

The elevator in the center of the wrap-around stairs.

The breakfast room is still as grand as I remembered.

Breakfast Room 1

The breakfast room.

The breakfast room.

My room was palatial, yet warm. They didn’t have any singles, so they put me in a room with two very firm, very narrow twin beds. It was the perfect place to catch some sleep after a long flight-flight-train ride.

Hotel Canada Room Hotel Canada Bathroom

I kicked around Rome for two days, and revisited some places I’d been previously – the Vatican, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Collona, and Piazza del Popolo. There are many ancient Egyptian, and Roman  obelisks in Rome.

Rome

Rome

Piazza Navona 1 Piazza Navona 2 Piazza Navona 3 Piazza Navona 4 Piazza Navona 5 Tivoli 3_edited-1 Tivoli 4 Tivoli Gardens 1 Tivoli Gardens 2 Trevi Fountain 2 Trevi Fountain

The city is particularly captivating at night, with all  the flood-lit ancient monuments. It’s a beautiful, living museum. 

This time, I went out to the Villa D’Este Tivoli Gardens for the first time. The villa is interesting, but the fountains in the garden are the real attraction.

Tivoli

Tivoli

Gazing pools1 Tivoli 3 Tivoli 4 Tivoli 5 Tivoli 6 Tivoli sculpture Tivoli sculpture2 Wysteria

More Rome

More Rome

Floodlit Rome Floodlit Rome2 Inside Saint Peters Basillica Me at Piazza Navona Michelangelo's Pietà Piazza del Popolo Piazza Spagna Saint Peters - The Alter Spanish Steps The Tiber and Castello Saint Angello - Hadrian's Tomb via Condotti to the Spanish Steps

Sorrento

I caught a train to Naples Centrale Tuesday morning, and then took the light rail circumvesuviana to Sorrento. Sorrento is famous for it’s inlaid wood craftsmanship, and limoncello. The hills surrounding the Amalfi region are covered with citrus orchards. Fresh blood oranges are as near to heaven as you can get with tree fruit, and this is the right time of the year for them.

I stayed at Hotel Maison Tofani in Sorrento where I found another anachronistic elevator. The hotel was a palazzo-turned-hotel in a very old building right in the middle of old-town Sorrento. 

Breakfast Room

Hotel Maison Tofani

Hotel Maison Tofani

Tofani room 2 Tofani room 3 Tofani room 4 Tofani room

The hotel surrounds an inner courtyard.  The room and service were great, and there was a good internet connection. The breakfast room is very highly decorated, but the food offered for breakfast was very run-of-the-mill.

So far, I’ve had great weather.

Sorrento Bluff Getting an espresso in Sorrento Inlaid woodcraft Gellato Side Chapel Sorrento Cathedral

Vegetable Stand Touristy Sorrento Touristy Sorrento 2 Sorrento Old Mill

I’ve spent the last day-and-a-half looking around Sorrento’s touristy old town. I’ll pack it up tomorrow, rent a car, and head for Ravello where I’ll be for the next four nights.

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