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S: ITALY 2010

FC: ITALY 2010

1: The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable. Storm Jameson



6: Painted, vaulted ceiling in the Map Room

7: VATICAN MUSEUM The Vatican Museums originated as a group of sculptures collected by Pope Julius II (1503-1513)

10: THE VATICAN LIBRARY 1475 Library of the Holy See, currently located in Vatican City One of the oldest libraries in the world and contains one of the most significant collections of historical texts

12: BASILICA PAPALEDI PIETRO in VATICANO Saint Peter's Basilica Rome's greatest building achievement The largest church ever constructed St. Peter buried here in 64AD

13: The Basilica houses: Pieta' - Michelangelo The Papal Alter & Throne of St. Peter - Bernini

15: Pope Benedict XVI April 19, 2005 - present Oldest man elected Pope since 1730

18: PIAZZA SAN PIETRO Saint Peter's Square Enclosed by 284 Doric columns four rows deep Every Sunday at noon, people gather to recite the Angelus and receive the Pope's blessing from his window

19: A red porphyry stone on the northwest side of the square marks the spot where Pope John Paul II was shot

21: ARCH OF CONSTANTINE Celebrates Emperor Constantine's military victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312AD Signaled Constantine's conversion to Christianity Marked the end of persecution of the followers of Christ

22: THE ROMAN COLOSSEUM 80AD ....the grandeur and cruelty of the Roman Empire | Seated 50,000 Games included: gladiator exhibitions, animal fights and prisoner executions

23: Thousands of humans and animals met their ends within one of the most popular attractions in Rome

25: THE PIAZZA DI SPAGNA The Spanish Steps or Spanish Square | 137 steps over 12 flights


27: The Victor Emmanuel Monument 1861 King of the united Italy | Containes the tomb of the "unknown soldier" Buried soldiers from the first world war

28: ARCH OF TITUS 81AD Oldest surviving example of a Roman arch

29: Titus captured Jerusalem in 70AD HIs brother built the arch to commemorate the capture of Jerusalem over the Jewish Zealots. Today, some Jews will not walk through the arch | One of the panels depicting the sack of Jerusalem

30: FONTANA della BARCACCIA "Fountain of the Old Boat"

31: The design, a small boat, was inspired by the flooding of the Tevere in 1598, when a small boat stranded here after the water subsided

32: COLONNA dell' IMMACOLATA Column of the Immaculate Conception | 1857

34: THE TREVI FOUNTAIN "Aqua Virgo" 1762

35: Features Neptune - "God of the Sea" Took 30 years to complete

36: FONTANA dei QUATRO FIUMI Fountain of Four Rivers

37: Considered to be the most complex of all the fountains in Rome. It was created by Bernini in the early 1650's and was so expensive that the bread tax was raised in order to cover its high cost It represents four rivers - the Danube, the Ganges, the Nile, and the Rio de la Plata

39: PIAZZA DEL MIRACOLI Leaning Tower of Pisa Location of world's most enduring symbol of poor architectural planning Construction began in 1173 and after only 3 stories began to sink 100 years later 4 more floors were added In 1372 the bell tower was added 294 steps to reach the top | Continues to sink 1 mm. per year


41: SANTA MARIA del FLORE "Saint Mary of the Flower" The first stone laid September 9, 1296

42: Joshua on chariot preceded by the ark of the covenant; the Carrying of the Stones; the background with the city of Jericho and the priests with trumpets | Panel on the door at The Florence Baptistry

43: THE DUOMO DI FIRENZE Florence Cathedral Built between 1296 and 1436 One of the largest cathedrals in the world

44: PALAZZO DELLA SIGNORIA Polozzio Veccio Florence Built between the 13th and 16th century

45: Micheleangelo's DAVID resides here

46: BASCILLICA de SANTA CROCE Santa Croce Courtyard Florence

47: MICHELANGELO courtyard | Burial place of some of the most famous Italians in history, including Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and more recently, Marconi

48: LA CISTERNA HOTEL San Gimignano

49: PIAZZA SANT' AGOSTINO Duomo San Gimignano

50: DUOMO di MILANO Milan Cathedral 1386 Second largest Catholic Cathedral in the world

51: Milan Opera House Built in 1776-78 | LEONARDO DI VINCI | LA SCALA MILAN

52: GRAND HOTEL BRISTOL overlooking Lake Maggiore

54: This Roman Theater is one of the biggest (and best preserved) theaters from the Roman Empire times 30AD | VERONA | Seats 22,000 While gladiator battles took place here, now opera takes the stage

55: City of the most famouse lovers in history.. Romeo and Juliet | Building dates back to the 13th century

56: VENICE Founded 421 AD History shows that the formation of the canals started with the de-silting of waterways in the delta to allow vessels to pass

57: "The Floating City"

59: There are a few theories as to how the bridge got its name. The first one involves the prisoners that walked across the bridge on their way to the executioner. The prisoners would "sigh" as they crossed the bridge, probably catching their last glimpse of the outside world, many believed. Another story says that if a couple kisses under the bridge while drifting below on a gondola at sunset, they will enjoy eternal love. | Spanning the Rio di Palazzo (Palace River), the bridge was intended to connect the Old Prison and interrogation rooms in the Doge's Palace to the New Prison | BRIDGE OF SIGHS

60: ST. MARK'S SQUARE Piazza San Marco | December 1, 2008 the square was flooded under 5 feet of water

61: St. Mark's Cathedral Doge's Palace

62: ST. APOLLINARE IN CLASSE The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare is dedicated to St. Apollinaris, patron saint of Ravenna

63: BASILICA di SAN FRANCESCO St. Francis Bascilica 1228 | Brother Francis died on October 3, 1226 St. Francis of Assisi is buried beneath the high altar

64: POMPEII AMPITHEATRE The oldest of its kind Seated 12,000 spectators | From gladiatorial games to naval exercises It also hosted "social cleansing by execution," making sport and spectacle of the deaths of early Christians

65: On August 23, 79 AD, Pompeii looked like any other busy, prosperous city Then.....

67: The city of Pompeii remained buried and undiscovered for 1700 years mummified in its tomb of ash | Mt. Vesuvius erupted on August 23, 79 AD.



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