S: Italy Trip 2011
1: Italy Trip 2011 October 23- November 2
2: Venezia October 24 -October 26 | Venice is a city in northern Italy which is known for it's beauty, architecture, and artwork. It is the capital of the Veneto region and the city is surrounded by lagoon water. It is known for its fish shape city and has many other nicknames including the "city of water," "city of masks", "city of bridges," "the floating city," and the "city of canals." Famous People: Birth place of Antonio Vivaldi. Transportation: Waterbuses and water taxis
4: Murano October 25 | Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano. By the 10th century, the city was well known for it's glass makers. The red color is derived from 24k gold, therefore, it's a lot more expensive.
5: Montecarlo and Pisa October 26
6: Firenze October 26-28 | First Prison
7: Florence is the capital city of Tuscany. It lies on the River Arno and the city is well known as the birthplace of the Renaissance art and architecture, as well as its fine leather goods. We had a huge steak at Il Latani Restaurant and the best cantucci e vin santo (aka biscotti with sweet wine). | Must sees: Duomo (Cathedral), Uffizi Gallery, Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, Baptistery .....
8: Assisi October 28 A town in the province of Perugia in the Umbria region. Birthplace of St. Francis. The story of Valentines derived from this city. We had the best porcini lasagna unique to this region.
10: Rome is the capital and most populated city of Italy. This city is rich with 2500 years of history with influences from the Roman empire. Legend says that this city was found by Romulus who was raised by a Capitoline wolf (Romulus had a brother Remus but killed him after an argument). | The dying Gaul | The dying Motoki
11: Roma October 28-31
12: Must See: | Trevi Fountain | Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II | Peter in chains. | Castel Sant'Angelo
13: The view of Roma from Museum Capitoline | Basilica San Clemente Built upon a 4th century basilica which was built upon a 1st century building including a Mithraic temple. | Piazza di Spagna | Fontana dei Quarttro Fiumi located in Piazza Navona | The Pantheon A temple built to all the gods of ancient Rome | Column of Marcus Aurelius
14: Roman Forum Located in the valley between the Palatine hill and Capitoline hill. This was the political and social area filled businesses and markets. It expanded to include temples, a senate house, and law courts. They used cell phones during the roman empire!
15: Notice the area that is clean and the area that has been affected by pollution | Colosseum: Originally the Flavian Ampitheatre which is a great work of Roman architecture and Roman engineering). | Notice the 3 layers (inner, middle, and outer)
17: Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo. He was never paid by the pope for his services but he returned and painted the last judgment. | Vatican & St. Peter's Basillica:
18: 1st Century Fast Food Restaurant
19: Pompei October 31 | Old gravel | A city with hidden treasures from AD 79, that was hit by a massive earthquake and buried under the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius. These treasures include, frescos, first century buildings, lead water pipes that were coated by lime from the lagoon, an amphitheater.
20: Sorrento October 31-November 2
21: Anacapri November 1
22: Capri November 1 | Off the coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula, south of Napels, Capri has been a resort since the Roman Republic. Full of villas (Gerber & Armani), limestone crags, and the Grotta Azzurra (blue grotto).
23: Left: Capri Taxi Right: Red Grotto and Capri Sheep