The ship pulled into La Spezia, Italy today. Rob said it would be absolutely beautiful in the summer...your quintessential northern Italian coastal town. However, today it was raining and the visibility was terrible! He mentioned in his first email that he might go on an overnight visit to either Florence or Rome with a couple of the other officers. Since Florence is only 2.5 hours by train, he figured that was where they would end up. Later in the day, though, I got an email saying they were going to go to Rome instead. It's about 4 hours by train. They should have arrived there this evening, then they'll spend tomorrow touring. They'll have to be back to La Spezia and the ship by Monday evening as Rob has duty on Tuesday. I'm not sure how long they'll be there (they might leave on Wednesday), then they'll make one more port visit in the Med, then they're heading home!
La Spezia is on the western coast, to the north just as the coast starts to turn toward France.
Nope, Rob didn't take this pic! I googled for pictures of La Spezia so you could see where they pulled in. It does look lovely, doesn't it?