Well, I finally made it to Italy for my annual autumn vacation.  I left Boston on Friday evening, arrived in London early Saturday morning for a connecting flight to Rome that got me there around 4:00PM local time.  I met up with my traveling companions (my sister and niece) who arrived separately in Rome and we jumped in the rental car for a 3-hour drive to Umbria.  We arrived at a lovely villa just outside of Assisi in the mountains of central Italy around 10:00PM and after a quick dinner we all crashed.

Today was our first real day of he vacation and we spent it scoping out the local surroundings around the holy hilltop town of Assisi.  I am collecting notes and “finds” from all of my travels around Italy – so watch for many more details in the coming days.

In the meantime, here is the golden statue of Santa Maria degli Angeli (St. Mary of the Angels) atop of the basilica that bears her name –  the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs: