OK It is official. A week to go and I will be boarding a plane to Italy…six months ago I
wasn’t quite sure this would be happening, since my brother Rick had sustained a cycling accident, forcing us to postpone our May trip to Italy.
But now all is well, and have no fear, he is back to normal, walking a minimum of five miles a day, working out at the gym, and riding his bike 40 or 50 miles three times a week. Yes he will be killing me and my sister-in-law, Monica, with exercise in Italy, once again. This time I am bringing athletic shoes.
I am excited, even though I still have things to do before I am ready. I have started to pre-pack, and my goal is to take a medium size bag weighing no more than 35-40 pounds. Although the limits on Delta for international travel are fifty pounds per bag without paying for extra weight, the restrictions when you fly within Italy are lower.
We will be taking a flight from Palermo to Naples, and the limit is 40 pounds, and a carryon, which cannot weigh more than five kg, or 11 pounds. And even at 35 pounds, that bag will feel heavy when I have to lug it up the steps on a train.
Ten days in Sicily. I always thought that would be ideal, and this will be the longest amount of time I am spending there, so I hope to see parts of the island I have missed before,. Definitely Siracusa and Agrigento are on the list, as well as more time in Palermo, and visiting some towns on the northwestern coast.
After Sicily, it is back to my favorite place, the Amalfi Coast, and the last two days in Rome, not so much to visit the touristy sites, but to enjoy the ambience in Trastevere and Campo de’Fiori.