Europe 2014 - off again!! August 17th 2014 Bon giorno!
Left Paris on a cool morning and got on our train - great seats and very comfortable. We spent about 5 hours on the first train to Torino - didn't feel that long at all - lots of great scenery to look at, chat and reading etc. However, when the conductor came around to check the tickets, one guy apparently boarded the train without a ticket. He refused to move and there was a s ... read more
Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence Italy became a nation-state in 1861 when the city-states of the peninsula, along with Sardinia and Sicily, were united under King Victor EMMANUEL II. An era of parliamentary government came to a close in the early 1920s when Benito MUSSOLINI establis... ... read more