JOURNEYS IN ITALY
Archeological ruins, beautiful piazzas, and breathtaking churches; Rome is a delightful blend of history, architecture, and monuments in a modern city. It was founded in 753 BC by (according to mythology) the twins Romulus and Remus. The non-mythical city became a republic in 510 BC.
|The Flaminian Obelisk, centerpiece of Piazza del Popolo||The Colosseum, more correctly known as the Flavian Ampitheatre|
|Ruins of the Forum; the center of Roman life some 2500 years ago||A night shot of the beautiful Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore|
|Piazza San Pietro, and St. Peter's Basilica in the background||St. Peter's, as elaborate on the inside as the outside|
Italy's 'living museum'. The Duomo, Accademia (home of David, pictured above), Uffizi Gallery -- an art lover's dream come true. Firenze also features a bustling marketplace, Mercato Centrale, and some of the best gelati (Italian ice cream) you'll ever taste.
|The beautiful Duomo. The dome was designed by Brunelleschi, and was the first of its kind during the Renaissance.||Courtyard at the Uffizi Gallery|
|Full moon rising over the Duomo||The gelati is heavenly as well|
|A view along the River Arno, looking towards Ponte Vecchio||The view from Giotto's Tower. Part of the Duomo can be seen at the left|
The main thoroughfare here is the Canale Grande (Grand Canal). Public transportation is not by busses or trams, but by boats, called vaporetti.
|St. Mark's Basilica||A side street of Canale Grande. The structure with yellow trim on the right is a vaparetto stop.|
|Children celebrating Festive San Martino. Somewhat similar to American trick or treat, but without the ghosts and goblins.||A "parking spot"|
|Piazza San Marco. The vendor in the background is selling bags of seed, with which tourists feed the pigeons.||Raised wooden planks are put out for people to walk on during times of high water.|
This Gothic, traffic-free hill town is just perfect for wandering through. On two different days in the summer, Siena's contrada (neighborhoods) compete for local bragging rights in the Palio di Siena, a horse race, which draws thousands of tourists every year.
|A hillside view of beautiful Siena||The Duomo; as ornate on the inside as the outside|
|The City Tower (Torre del Mangia), overlooking Siena's central piazza, Il Campo||An arch overlooking a narrow alley in the streets of Siena.|
Last updated on 06/01/2002
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