Greetings from Mike Botula!

Mike Botula

Buona Giornata!

"Roma è la città di echi, la città delle illusioni e la città di desiderio".

Giotto di Bondone, 1337

“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of desire.”


I like to joke that my son went to Rome on a vacation long ago, met a pretty Italian girl and hasn’t been seen since! That’s not exactly true. He and Laura have traveled to the U.S. any number of times, but his heart and his life is now firmly in the Eternal City. And now, after many trips to Rome over the past decade or so, I can honestly say that I am smitten as well. Rome is the gold standard of great cities! It is the touchstone by which all other great cities are measured.

After several vacation journeys to Italy, I began to put down roots in the winter of 2013. What began as a two-week holiday became a three-month residency. I moved out of the guest room at Michael and Laura’s home and into my own studio apartment nearby in Mostacciano. Being a new aficionado of Facebook, I began to share my day-to-day experiences. That led to my new blog and a link to this website.  As my journeys continued Rome Diary became Diario di Roma II, followed by Diario di Roma III: Nuovo Viaggio! NOW, the first three Diari di Roma, are joined a new series of my blogs: Diario di Roma IV - Il Mio Ritorno a Roma!  So then, Buon Apetito! 

There is a link to all my blogs, just to the left of this message. I write about more than my travels to Italy. However, I consider my Rome Diaries to be special, so I have them grouped separately, each with a photo gallery so I can share the pictures taken on these journeys. I built a career as a journalist and public speaker by telling stories. In retirement, I find I still have the habit. That’s what this website is all about.

You will also notice a handy new feature here at On most of the pages, you will notice the Microsoft Translator icon at the top of the page. That's for the benefit of our international readers, who would like to follow our adventures in their own languages.  Such is the nature of the app, that we must insert the language translator on each individual page. 


It appears that the destinies of two great empires

seem to be tied up in some God-damned things called LSTs!

Winston Churchill to Dwight Eisenhower, June 1944


Winston Churchill is one of the most quotable characters the world has ever known. It seems that he is also the father of the ship that brought my father safely through World War II. I came across that memorable quote while researching LST 920: Charlie Botula’s Long Slow Target!   It’s about my father and his adventures during World War 2. Several of my stories about the LST 920 appear on this website, in my blog as well as several special interest publications. Now it’s a real book, published by Amazon Books, and you can buy the paperback on-line and start reading it in a couple of days.

LST 920: Charlie Botula’s Long, Slow Target! is now available on in paperback as well as a Kindle edition. Just sign in to the books department at and enter either Mike Botula or the title of the book and the order form will quickly appear.  It's also available on line from Barnes and Noble! Just enter Mike Botula in the search engine, or the title of the book - LST 920: Charlie Botula's Long, Slow Target!

I’m glad you found us, and I wish you Happy Reading as you navigate the website. Buon apetito!




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© By Mike Botula 2017


LST 920: Charlie Botula's Long, Slow Target!

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