Long-anticipated trip to Italy culminates in delightful sights, food
by Sally Litchfield
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Bob Barletta and Joe Martini enjoy a glass of wine in Italy.
Bob Barletta and Joe Martini enjoy a glass of wine in Italy.
Dr. Joe Martini of Marietta and Bob Barletta of Woodstock met more than 20 years ago in the Sons of Italy club, a social group.

Barletta dreamed of traveling to the Lake Como region of Italy and spent three years researching and planning the perfect tour. Last year, Barletta experienced health issues that delayed his trip. Martini and his wife, Jo Alese, asked if they could travel with him this year on the fantastic journey. Once Barletta regained his strength, the Martinis and Barletta experienced a trip of a lifetime that was meticulously planned.

The three travelers departed from JFK airport in September, arriving in Milano where they rented a Volvo and maneuvered the Italian countryside. Their home base was in a lovely villa overlooking romantic Lake Como. During their stay, they enjoyed true Italian experiences through delicious food, wine and sights. They visited many delightful towns such as Bellagio, Verena, Bellano, Monegenerso, Stresa, Argegno, Lago Orta and more. The Martinis celebrated their fifth anniversary on the last day of the trip.

Reflecting on their experiences where the Martinis and Barletta enjoyed fantastic sights and culinary delights, these travelers undoubtedly added “bellissimo” to their vocabulary.


The Kennesaw Museum Foundation and the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History raised more than $24,000 at the Heroes & Legends Gala in early November. The money raised will help fund an expansion to the museum’s research center. During the event, the foundation also took a moment to honor the museum’s members for their continued support of the Smithsonian affiliate.

The Southern Museum will soon break ground on a 15,000-square-foot expansion to its research center. Once complete, the Southern Museum will be home to one of the largest centers for researchers, scholars and historians studying Southeastern railroads of the United States.

The Museum’s extensive archive collection includes more than 45,000 rare railroad photographs through the David W. Salter Collection, a one-of-a-kind glass plate negative collection of Glover Machine Works locomotives and thousands of Southern Railway-related documents through the Southern Railway Historical Association Collections.

Groundbreaking for the $1.1 million expansion project is currently scheduled for in 2014.

For more information, visit southernmuseum.org or facebook.com/southernmuseum.


Smyrna Village Players present “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at Smyrna First United Methodist Church in Smyrna. Dessert will be served before the show.

The church is at 1315 Concord Road, Smyrna.

To purchase tickets, call (770) 436-4108, ext 215. Adult tickets are $10 and students tickets (in grades 1 to 12) are $5. For more information about Smyrna Village Players, visit www.facebook.com/SmyrnaVillagePlayers.3.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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