Home From Italy

by | Jun 7, 2017 | Family, Uncategorized | 10 comments

Hi Friends,

We just returned from a 12-day trip to Rome and Tuscany, and I wanted to bring back some stories and share the adventure with you!

Carrie and Scott at the Duomo in Florence

We took an overnight flight from New Jersey to Italy and spent the first four days in Rome. Highlights were visiting the Vatican, Saint Peter’s Cathedral, and the Sistine Chapel with the beautiful ceiling painted by Michael Angelo. We also toured the Roman colosseum and Forum with ruins from ancient Rome. One of my favorite experiences was walking through the open markets and past several beautiful fountains. We stopped to see the Spanish Steps where Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) ate gelato with Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) in Roman Holiday. That was fun!

I did pretty well sticking to my gluten-free, dairy-free food plan (for health reasons) but I did enjoy one cup of vanilla-cherry gelato. Delicious!

The second part of our trip we drove up to Tuscany and stayed at a rustic rented villa about twenty minutes south of Siena. We were way out in the country surrounded by olive groves, farms, and vineyards, and it was very peaceful and beautiful spot!

The Duomo (Cathedral) in Siena

We visited Florence, Siena, and a few of the lovely small hilltop towns with markets, sidewalk cafes, narrow streets, and history that goes way back to Roman times with lots of artwork and buildings from the Renaissance. So beautiful and inspiring!

We enjoyed the family of cats at the villa, the mom and dad and four kittens. The kittens played out in the courtyard every day and were so cute.

Overall, it was a wonderful trip, and we were very grateful for the chance to get away, enjoy an adventure, and be refreshed.

I turned in my latest novel near the end of April, Across the Blue, and I’m dreaming of my next story . . . Maybe it should be set in a rustic villa in Italy!

Until next time, happy reading!



  1. James Justin

    Very Nice Pics. You really Enjoyed this trip thanks for share you moments with us.

  2. Alicia

    Hi, I just shared your new book “Across The Blue” (of which sounds very exciting), on my FB Timeline. Thanks for the contest and lot’s of luck with your new book. 🙂

  3. Renee Schultz

    The gelato looks wonderful! I was able to find some on our vacation in Moab, Utah that was dairy free as well as gluten free and what a treat it was!

    • Carrie Turansky

      Hi Renee, thanks for stopping by. I’d love to try some of that gluten-free, dairy-free gelato! I’m glad you were able to visit Utah. I haven’t been there yet, but I hope to go next summer. Blessings to you and your mom.

  4. Jeanne Crea

    What a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing! Such a beautiful place and so full of history! (Roman Holiday is one of my all time favorites!) I pre-ordered Across the Blue, and can’t wait to get at your Edwardian Brides series! We’ve been enjoying our summer with lots of family time at the lake.

    • Carrie Turansky

      Hi Jeanne, thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed time at the lake with your family this summer! Happy reading!

  5. Shirley Ashley

    I love all your pictures! Looks like a wonderful time. We went to MN to see the grandchildren and we are heading to KY to The Ark Encounter and then back to the Creation Museum. We take a few little trips to IN and visit the Amish community.

    • Carrie Turansky

      Hi Shirley, I’ve heard a lot about the Ark Encounter. Sounds great! I hope you enjoy your trip!

  6. Betsy Branstetter

    Hi Carrie. Sounds like a great trip. We just returned from a river cruise on the Danube from Prague to Budapest. Absolutely wonderful. So many churches and synagogues to see.

    • Carrie Turansky

      Hi Betsy, that sounds like a wonderful cruise! Please say hello to Rick. Blessings to you both!


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