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cwo3ward @ 07/ 26/ 2009
Michelangelo sculpted the David over a two year period.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 26/ 2009
The Baptistery is famous for it's bronze doors.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 26/ 2009
The bell tower is a city landmark along with the Duomo.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 26/ 2009
The Ponte Vecchio bridge has been in place since Roman times. Once you understand a little of it's history, you'll be fascinated by it!
cwo3ward @ 07/ 27/ 2009
Emperor Trajan chronicled his exploits on a tall column in Rome.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 15/ 2009
The Arch of Constantine was built to remember the Emperor Constantine, who made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 16/ 2009
Emperor Hadrian's final burial place was anything but final, as it was used as a prison and as apartments for the Pope.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 16/ 2009
Once you've been inside the Pantheon, you'll appreciate the unbelievable design of the dome and the massive granite columns in the front of the building.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 22/ 2009
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is just one of the very famous tourist attractions in Italy. I say it's a "must see"!
cwo3ward @ 08/ 23/ 2009
I always thought the gondola ride looked a bit over-rated. I'm happy to say I was wrong!
cwo3ward @ 08/ 23/ 2009
The outside facade of the Basilica is marble from Carrara (white), Prato (green) and Siena (red).
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
"A flawless diamond, born of the ancient elements with such perfection that all those who saw it could only stare in wonder."
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona was the site of the fifth brand.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
The Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria was where the FIRE brand was discovered.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
Robert Langdon discovered the third brand at the base of the great obelisk in St. Peter's Square.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
The second ambigram was discovered at the Chigi Chapel.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
In Pompeii, we came across a food place, described as a tavern in the Pompeii souvenir book.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 12/ 2009
Here's where they would grind up the wheat and bake the bread.
cwo3ward @ 10/ 31/ 2009
We got off the trolley and walked to the end of the street and there it was. The sun was bright and the facade of the church was stunning!
cwo3ward @ 10/ 31/ 2009
Il Campo (the "field") as it is called, is a very well preserved square with the impressive city hall building set in the center.
cwo3ward @ 11/ 06/ 2009
If you like shopping malls, you'll love this 130 year old glass-covered galleria.
cwo3ward @ 11/ 25/ 2009
It took two trips to finally see the inside. I was in awe. I still am.
cwo3ward @ 11/ 25/ 2009
One, two or maybe three stones.... what does it mean?
cwo3ward @ 11/ 26/ 2009
The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius happened so fast that not everyone was able to get away. Instead, they were exposed to poisonous gases and buried under tons of cinders and ash.
cwo3ward @ 12/ 12/ 2009
Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano to the northeast of Herculaneum and Pompeii.
cwo3ward @ 12/ 20/ 2009
Walking up from Il Campo in Siena, we arrived at the magnificent Cathedral. We learned that the marble pavement work lasted 6 centuries!
cwo3ward @ 06/ 19/ 2010
Here you'll find the tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo.
cwo3ward @ 02/ 05/ 2010
There are still areas of Pompeii that have not been uncovered.
cwo3ward @ 03/ 28/ 2010
The whole area that was Ostia Antica has been mostly uncovered. It was covered over by silt when the Tiber River changed course many years ago.
cwo3ward @ 09/ 16/ 2010
The Grand Canals are the transportation you'll use in Venice.
Dr Travel @ 10/ 17/ 2010
There is not a lovelier way to welcome the day in all of Italy. Surrounded by olive trees, a vineyard, the family garden and centuries old farmhouses, sip fresh coffee with homemade jams on melt-in-your-mouth pastries in the morning sun.
inetwr1ter @ 11/ 15/ 2010
Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance still reveals its importance on virtually every step. The historic centre of Florence will take you back to the time of the Medici as well as to the time of some of the greatest artists and architects of all times.
cwo3ward @ 01/ 04/ 2011
Villa Borghese was built by Scipione Borghese as a suburban party villa. It was also used as a place to keep his art collection.
cwo3ward @ 02/ 05/ 2011
When there is a vacancy, a new Pope is elected in this chapel.
nick.oddrod @ 02/ 12/ 2011
The baths were intended for bathing and they were also a social destination, where you could relax and mingle with other citizens.
@ 03/ 06/ 2011
Mt. Vesuvius has dominated the landscape for centuries.
cwo3ward @ 03/ 13/ 2011
Paestum was built completely by the Greeks, long before the Romans were there in the region.
Denise Gabbard @ 03/ 21/ 2011
Sardinia is a large island just off the coast of Italy, and France, and Spain. As such, it is a cross-section of those cultures plus the many different civilizations that have occupied the island since 6000 BC.
Denise Gabbard @ 04/ 13/ 2011
Ancient art, architecture and culture merge in a beautiful Tuscan city- what could be better for a vacation?
Denise Gabbard @ 04/ 13/ 2011
Tuscany conjures up images of wonderful Italian food, bountiful red wine, and friends and family gathered around the table. Day trips by bicycle around the beautiful hills and vineyards will leave the body and soul refreshed.
Denise Gabbard @ 04/ 19/ 2011
Just the thought of Tuscany conjures up images of rolling hills, tall cypress trees, and farms as far as the eye can see. Add to all that beauty culture, amazing wine and wonderful food, and you have the makings for the vacation of a lifetime.
Denise Gabbard @ 04/ 19/ 2011
When visiting the eternal city, staying in the historic city center is both thrilling and super-convenient to all the amazing sights you will want to see.
cwo3ward @ 12/ 13/ 2011
Roman Emperors used to take their vacations on Capri. The blue grotto is a fabulous cave with bright blue water.
cwo3ward @ 10/ 05/ 2011
The Roman Arena in Verona is the third largest in Italy and the best preserved!
MaryY @ 05/ 10/ 2012
Named for the noble Giusti family who began overseeing its care in 1591, Giardino Giusti is one of Verona's jewels. It's breathtaking beauty is not to be missed.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 14/ 2012
The Last Supper must have been magnificent in it's day. It has been through a lot over the years.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 10/ 2012
The castle is immense. It's a long walk to go through the center of the castle and then circle back through the park.
cwo3ward @ 06/ 24/ 2012
The Palace columns on the outside of the building are sinking into the sand as the piazza is raised to keep out the water!
cwo3ward @ 06/ 24/ 2012
The Rialto Bridge is the first bridge that spanned the Grand Canal.
cwo3ward @ 06/ 24/ 2012
The museum is a labor of love. Peggy Guggenheim wanted to assemble her collection here in Venice.
cwo3ward @ 06/ 26/ 2012
The Campanile has a long, interesting history in St. Marks Square.
cwo3ward @ 06/ 26/ 2012
St. Mark's is a stunning mixture of styles, history and decoration. It's one of the most interesting churches you'll find anywhere!
cwo3ward @ 07/ 01/ 2012
This is an amazing piece of Venetian history. Cross over the bridge to the prison and you'll see why it's aptly named.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 31/ 2012
The first opera opening night was in 1778!
cwo3ward @ 08/ 31/ 2012
Piazza San Marco is the square outside of the Doges Palace and St. Mark's Cathedral. This square has seen a lot of history and is grand and a very romantic at night. A great place to watch people, listen to music and enjoy a drink and maybe a meal.
cwo3ward @ 12/ 24/ 2013
A visit to Greve in Chianti is a wonderful chance to see a proud town with a fabulous history to boast about. They have the Chianti Classico and are fiercely proud of it - as well they should be.
cwo3ward @ 12/ 24/ 2013
There are many great wineries in the Chianti region. We took a tour of Castello Il Palagio and loved the food and wine. We took three bottles home with us!
cwo3ward @ 11/ 17/ 2013
The wealthy and important people of Rome built some amazing things for themselves. This pyramid is the only one that remains.
cwo3ward @ 08/ 31/ 2014
An excellent place to visit, a fantastic Basilica, with a great view of Florence below.
cwo3ward @ 07/ 27/ 2014
The Palazzo Vecchio was a very important part of the 16th century government in Florence, Italy.

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