BC: Ciao, Italia!
FC: Italy 2011
1: Day 1 - Friday May 27th After finally arriving in Roma a day late, we rested in the apartment before walking to the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Trevi Fountain. The photos on this page are from the Pantheon. | The tomb of Raphael
2: The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva...the 1st of many churches we visited! | The Pulcino della Minerva, with an elephant statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini supporting one of the 11 Egyptian obelisks in Roma | The Carafa Chapel by Filippino Lippi | The Basilica of Saint Mary Above Minerva, built directly over the foundations of a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Isis, but erroneously ascribed to the Greco-Roman goddess Minerva | Il Cristo by Michelangelo
3: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or "Fountain of the Four Rivers located in the Piazza Navona. It was designed in 1651 by Gianlorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X. It is topped by an ancient Egyptian obelisk and represents the 4 major rivers of the four continents through which papal authority had spread: the Nile representing Africa, the Danube representing Europe, the Ganges representing Asia, and the Plate representing the Americas. This fountain was used in the movie "Angels and Demons".There was a lot of art set up here and performance artists. Our 1st group photo before we were exhausted!
4: Trevi Fountain, "Fontana di Trevi" | Legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Two coins will lead to a new romance and three will ensure either a marriage or divorce. We were sorry we didn't get to see it at night.
5: A few sights from our 1st day. Top photos are the Vittorio Emanuele Monument, (also known as the Wedding Cake), day and night views. Bottom are from inside the Pantheon and the Colosseum at night.
6: Day 2, Saturday, May 28th the Colosseum (Colosseo) and Roman Forum
7: Under the Colosseum, original stairs leading to seats
8: View from the Colosseum | The Constantine Arch | View from the Colosseum of the Palantine Hill | Cross to honorChrisitians who died here.
9: The Arch of Titus | Spoils of war from the Arch of Titus | The Roman Forum "Foro Romano"
10: The original Senate floor | Mural from the Temple of Romulus
11: Temple of Vesta | House of the Vestrals
12: The Arch of Septimius Severus | The Temple of Saturn | The Temple of Vespasian and Titus | The Rostra Vetera | Overview of the Forum
13: Shot from the Trinita dei Monti | Colonna dell'Immacolata | Looking down into the Piazza di Spagna | Day 3 Sunday, Msy 29th Free Day ~ Roma We went to the crypt under the Santa Maria della Concezione. The crypt, or ossuary, now contains the remains of 4,000 Capuchin friars buried between 1500-1870. The bones are arranged in a decorative fashion, with some bones arranged as chandeliers! Photos were not allowed. Larry, Kelly, Lynn & Heather wandered around Rome, eating lunch by the Trevi Fountain. There was a big football game and fans were out in full force!
14: After walking around Roma all day everyone except Larry headed back to the apartment. Larry stopped by a church near the Vittorio Emanuele Monument
15: Our big Roman dinner was wonderful! Chad and Kim Fella were in Rome and joined us for our night out.
16: Day 4 Monday, May 30th The Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Basilica The Vatican Museum was simply overwhelming! These photos were taken on the way to the Sistine Chapel. The photo on the lower right is of a tapestry, All of the other photos are of the ceiling in a long hallway. Amazing! | The Sistine Chapel was incredible. Unfortunately no photos were allowed.
17: The Belvedere Torso is a very famous statue that has been studied by artists through the ages. Michelangelo studied this torso at great length.
18: The Egyptian exhibit was extensive. We did not even scratch the surface of the collection at this museum!
19: Among the exhibits are hierogpypics and the god Anubis.
20: The head of Jupiter | The Helena sarcophagus reused by Anastasius IV. The only tomb to survive the Lateran fires.
21: St. Peter's Basilica The Vatican | Larry finally makes it to the Vatican!
22: The interior of St. Peter's Basilica The sheer size is overwhelming! Bernini's baldacchiono over the papal alter is a focal point. Part of the basilica is built over the Necropolis. The papal altar is built over the tomb of St. Peter. We toured the Necropolis and saw the bones of St. Peter. Photos were not allowed in that holy place.
23: Standing in front of Benini's Cathedra (Throne) of St. Peter by the west end of the basilica | Statue of St. Veronica
24: The Confession near the tomb of St. Peter | Kelly's favorite part of the basilica was Michelangelo's Pieta. This is the only piece th artist ever signed. He did so because some people did not believe he was the sculptor because he was just 24 years old when the Pieta was created. | Detail of the cupola with Petrine text.
25: The body f Pope John XXIII
26: The Swiss Guard are responsible for guarding the gates to Vatican City and the Pope. A statue of St. Peter stands in front of his basilica.
27: This is the Pope's church and is said to be the Mother church of the whole world among Catholics, even above St. Peter's Basilica. Above is the side view of the Loggia delle Benedizioni. The Lateranense obelisk is the tallest obelisk in Rome, and the largest standing ancient Egyptian obelisk in the world. | Basilica of St. John Lateran "San Giovanni Laterano"
28: The tomb of Pope Leo XIII | The Papal Cathedra | Magnificently carved ceiling by Flaminio Boulanger | The nave of San Giovanni is pictured on the left.
29: St. Peter | St. Paul | St. Andrew | S.t. Matthew | The basilica contains statues of the 12 disciples. | St. Jude | St. Bartholomew | St Philip | Unknown | Unknonw | Statues of the 12 Apostles line the main entrance
32: Day 5 Tuesday, May 31st ~ Pompeii | Mount Vesuvius | The Forum | The basilica | Our group ~ photo by Maurizio | The one and only Maurizio | Building at the forum
34: As Maurizio told us, lava did not reach Pompeii. The thousands of people who died were asphyxiated. The ash was piled as high as 25 feet! Many of the bodies recovered are on display in a museum in Naples.
36: Brothels were a big business in Pompeii. Erotic art adorned the walls. Items featuring these scenes are popular souvenirs! | These vineyards were planted with the same type of grapes that grew at the time of the eruption.
37: Gladiators were housed in the barracks below and performed in the amphitheater to the left. | Artifacts are stacked above. The roads show grooves worn down by chariot wheels.
38: The Palazzo del Conservatori | The She-Wolf of Rome. Romulus and Remus were added later. | Il Gesu | Day 6 Wednesday June 1st Travel Day
39: Though this was officially a travel day, Larry still found time to visit one more church in Rome! | Termini
40: The Piazza della Signoria has been the center of political life in Florence since the 14th century. It contains the Loggia della Signoria, built in the 14th century as a place for public meetings and celebrations. Today the Loggia is an open-air sculpture gallery, where many masterpieces are displayed. | Firenza (Florence) | Giambologna’s Rape of the Sabines | Perseus by Benvenuto Cellini | The Palazzo Vecchio with a reproduction of David and a statue of Hercules and Cacus by Baccio Bandinelli
41: The Piazza della Repubblica is one of the main squares in Florence and marks the center of the city. We walked through this square on a daily basis. The square was the site of the ancient Roman forum. | This is where we had dinner our first night in Florence. | “Arco del Trionfo” (triumphal arch)
42: Day 7 Thursday, June 2nd The Duomo of Florence (Il Duomo di Firenze) | Seeing the Duomo for the first time is difficult to describe. It is simply overwhelming!
44: The Bell Tower designed by Giotto The dome was designed by Brunelleschi
45: THe Baptistry is most famous for the doors designed by Ghiberti
46: Michelangelo said these doors were beautiful enough to be the Gates of Paradise | It took Ghiberti 21 years to complete these doors. He beat out Filippo Brunelleschi in a competition to earn this commission
47: Duomo Museum (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo), | Mary Magdalene by Donatello
48: Madonna of the Glass Eyes from the original facade of the Duomo Michelangelo was almost 80 when he created this Pieta. He gave his own features to the figure of Nicodemus
49: Roman sarcophagus, 2nd century A.D | Death mask of Brunelleschi
50: The prophet Abacuc (Zuccone) | St. John the Evangelist | Sculptures by Donatello
51: Donatello cantoria | Luca della Robbia, cantoria
52: Day 8 Friday, June 3rd The Accademia No photos were allowed, though Kelly did not realize this until the security lady said, “no foto, please!” She did manage to get one glorious photo of David. | Church of San Marco
53: San Antonio in a coffin designed by Giambologna | Convent of San Marco | From the church and convent of San Marco
54: Days 9 & 10 Saturday, June 4th & Sunday June 5th Free Days | Our free days turned out to be rainy days. We had a little sun on both days so we were able to roam around the city. We also went to the Florence wine festival on both days. Sunday at the wine festival was very wet, but we had a good time and Larry made new friends!
55: On Saturday night we listened to music in the Piazza della Signoria and walked through the Palazzo Vecchio.
56: On Sunday Larry, Heather, and Cara visited the Galileo Museum while Lynn and Kelly people watched. | Larry attended Mass and toured the Basilica de Santa Croce while Lynn and Kelly shopped. The tombs of Michelangelo and Galileo are located in this church. | Tomb of Galileo Tomb of Michelangelo
57: The Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence spared by Hitler. This bridge is lined with fine jewelry shops. | Fiat Parade | There was a freak hail storm Sunday afternoon. Fortunately we were back at the apartment when it happened!
58: Day 11, Monday June 6th Santa Maria del Carmine (Brancacci Chapel)
59: The Temptation of Adam & Eve | Expulsion from the Garden of Eden | St. Peter Healing the Sick with His Shadow | Crucifixion of St. Peter and Disputation with Simon Magus before the Emperor Nero | Healing of the Cripple and Raising of Tabitha | Baptism of the Neophytes | The Tribute money | We first viewed a film about the church and the paintings inside the Brancacci Chapel. The film was long, but provided a good background on the frescoes.
60: There were some incredible works of art in the Bargello. However, we had to sneak photos inside as we were fussed at several times about taking pictures.
61: The Sacrifice of Isaac; these were the panels submitted by Ghiberti and Brunelleschi for the competition to create the doors for the Baptistry. | The most famous statue in the Bargello, Donatello’s David. | The Bargello | Ghiberti's Panel | Brunelleschi's Panel
62: Death mask of Dante | Mournful Virgin | Bust of Roman Emperor from the School of Donatello
64: We watched the sunset from the Piazzale Michelangelo. It was a little hazy that day, but the view was incredible!
66: We went to the Uffizi and saw some amazing art. Botticelli’s Birth of Venus was a highlight. Unfortunately no photos were allowed in the Uffizi! | Day 12, Tuesday June 7th | Larry climbed the Dome of the Duomo. The view of Florence is breathtaking!
67: View of Santa Croce | Church of San Lorenzo
68: Scenes from Florence
72: L'officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
74: Larry with Il Porcellino. If you rub his nose you are supposed to return to Florence. | Dinner out last night in Florence
75: Day 13 Wednesday, June 8th | We took the train to Rome and spent the night at Fiumicino. We watched the sunset. A beautiful end to a great vacation!