6 countries to go and the next 2 are up!
A Delta $400 fare to Milan that I am using expiring Global Upgrade Certificates.
Italy I have never counted despite transits and a layover visit to the Vatican. This time I snagged a last minute ticket to see The Last Supper in Milan. Once I gaze on that sublime work I will feel justified in saying I have visited Italy.
Diverting into the city presses time on the 4-hour drive out to San Marino and back. The last of the UN micro-nations for me.
From there I am Sicily-bound.
On the way in I have a day transit of Palermo to visit the Valley of the Temples. On the way out a half-day transit of Catania to see the Greek theater at Taormina. In between a visit to the island of Lamepdusa, in recent years in the news for its proximity to Africa and destination for many African refugeees/migrants. Pope Francis famously ministered to refugees on this island.
Lastly, over to Sardinia.
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