FC: Honeymoon Italy 2010
1: Jesse wasn't feeling so well after the flight to Calgary...but when we landed in Rome and had a nap we did some touring around the city and he was as good as new! | Lounging at the hotel | Serious...scaffolding!!??
2: The Colosseum was amazing! We went on a guided tour for 50E and that included an hour tour in Palatine Hill. There were 72 entrances into the Colosseum and Romans would need to present a wooden ticket for entrance into the games.
4: One of the many beautiful churches in Rome
5: Pictures of Hotel Best Roma
6: The Vatican. We learned that it is its own separate country and that if you stopped in every room it would take you 12 years to get through it.
7: Many beautiful sculptures and paintings inside the museums. We got to see old Popes apartments which were really quite elaborate. | The bronze Hercules
8: More of the Vatican museums. The tomb is of Constantine's daughter. Constantine was the emperor who allowed Christianity in the Roman emperor. In Saint Peters Basillica there were 3 Popes that were preserved and had wax faces that were on display. The church was 180 meters long.
10: Castle Saint Angelo
11: We took a break after the Vatican and Castle St Angelo and played in the fountain. REFRESHING!
13: The Spanish steps. When you walk down the streets coming to the steps there are a lot of high class boutiques. We saw Prada, Gucci, and many more really expensive places to go!
15: The Pizza was unlike anything we have at home. We are on our way to the zoo and stopped to get pizza. The zoo was very large we spent about 4 hours exploring. Jesses favourites were the monkeys and the big cats. I really liked the leemers and the big cats.
16: Look at all the critters!
20: The food was very good! We had a lot of pasta and pizza and a lot of good cheeses and appys. For supper we would usually have a sprite, share an appy, have a pasta dish each, and share a dessert all for around 40E. The night before our Pompeii tour we bought all of this fruit for only 10E!!
21: This was the one day guided tour we took of Naples and Pompeii. We spent about 45 minutes in Naples and the beaches were all rock but it was a very nice sea port.
22: POMPEII The ruins were very interesting. Our guide told us what to look for in the architecture of the buildings and showed us an old whore house. The people there had come up with their own form of speed bumps to slow down the chariots.
23: There were 3 bodies of humans preserved from the Volcano and one dog that was preserved.
25: More of the Colosseum. Our guided tours were very well done and very informative.
26: The emperors used to host mini chariot races where the carts were led by mini ponies or goats and they used slave children to run the chariots. The emperor would sit and watch.
28: Both the Colosseum and Palatine Hill were very awe inspiring. We spent about 2-3 hours exploring Palatine hill. There was 3 areas of sitting for the Colosseum. The first level were the emperors and VIP guests, the second was the middle class, and the highest level were the slaves and women. (the women sat up there so not to temp the gladiators.)
30: We went to the Pyramid. Which is actually just a large tomb. The cemetery beside the large Tomb is very beautiful with graves from the 1600's and on. We found it very interesting how many cats there were in the cemetery but later learned that they are strays that get fed by locals on the donations that tourists give.
31: All of the buildings were fantastic. Nothing the Romans did was small! Behind Jesse is called Colonna Tralana which has a Pagan emperors ashes. On the outside of the massive pillar was the story of his life and his ashes were said to be at the very top of the monument.
32: Trevi Fountain. Just beautiful. There were horses on either side of the Roman god one looked wild which represented the rough seas and the horse on the opposite side represented calm seas. The tour guide said that this is the cleanest and purest water in Rome and they used to use it as Holy water.
33: The Pantheon. It had been destroyed and rebuilt 3 times due to fire. The pillars on the left are the original pillars that would have been hauled in one piece. The floor had holes in it and was sloped so that the rain water that came in was drained away from inside.
34: PISA We took a train to Pisa which took about 3 hours from Rome. There was a really pretty little church there and of course the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Jesse and I took our turn holding it up and then enjoyed the beautiful area surrounding the leaning tower. We also enjoyed the good gelato in Pisa.
36: We had a nice tour with our Canadian tour guide Jason and he took us to the Vittorio Emanuelle II building which was huge! The bronze horse is 36' tall and when it was made the emperor would have a dinners in his belly. | The fountain of Neptune is at the top right and had beautiful sculpted horses. The fountain at the left was made by one artist that didn't like the work of a fellow artist so he made all of the men on his fountain look away in disgust. It was really neat.
37: The ruins were other remains of the Roman empire. This is actually where Julius Ceaser was assassinated. I thought that the elephant obelisk was really cool. It had Egyptian inscriptions on it and the elephant is a sign of good luck.
38: OSTIA ANITICA Much like Pompeii but this town was not preserved by a volcano it was stumbled upon. The lifestyle of the people was much the same as in Pompeii. The more wealthy the people were the more elaborate their homes were. The mosaic tile on the floors were quite elaborate. There is one that showed Neptune on his chariot of horses and one in the room beside it with his wife in her own chariot. There was also a gym area that had mosaics of wrestlers and boxers. The bath houses were very nice as well they had a room for undressing, a cold tub room, a hot tub room, and a sauna type room. The mill where they would bake was also very neat to see as was the way they built the houses and buildings. For 6.50 E each it was well worth it! We were there for about 5 hours and unlike Pompeii you can roam through and in all of the ruins.
44: The chariots had actually worn groves in the cobblestone roads.
45: We had an awesome day at the Christoforo Columbus beach. We swam in the Tyrannan sea and the water was very salty! Both Jesse and I got a little pink! This is Bobo and Alexander. We visited Bobo's restaurant 6/14 days we were in Italy.