S: Italy 2011 : Book One
FC: Italy 2011 Book One
1: Italy Trip: April 14th to April 26th 2011 Travelers: Amy, Jamie, & Maria Book One: Napoli., Pompeii, Roma Part 1
2: Teatro di San Carlo is the oldest continuously active opera venue in Europe! It was beautiful, especially from our box seats. | Day One: Jamie and Amy go to the opera house after a post-arrival nap. | Playing that night was Cosi fan Tutte, with, unfortunately, only Italian subtitles.
4: The city of Naples was mostly dirty, with trash overflowing out of dumpsters and piled high on the sidewalks. However, the discovery of the "grandma doors" made our visit to the city worthwhile!
5: Day Two: Pompeii
6: These spaces in the city wall for used as tombs by the poor. | These trees lining the pathway are found all over the country. They are all trimmed to look like this. | We toured Pompeii with an official tour guide. He was worth it. We learned so much!
7: the Ludus: school for the gladiators!
10: Warning: Beware of dog!
11: Priapus, god of fertility....
13: These photos were taken within the "Lupanare", a brothel. The photos were used to overcome any language barriers between the clients and the prostitutes. Prices were posted outside on the building. Those stone beds look comfy!
15: One of many water fountains. | Many of the frescos and original artwork are presrved on the homes.
16: So many streets!
17: All of the streets had stepping stones for when it rained.
19: Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., covering the city of Pompeii in volcanic ash. This ash preserved the structures and artifacts of trhe city along with bodies of some of those who died. Pretty amazing!
20: Vesuvius has eroded over the years, but was once much taller and had only one peak! | Pompeii Forum
21: A border of original marble in the Pompeii forum.. The forum is set just in front of a beautiful view of Mt. Vesuvius.
22: Stands for a market, or a mini-Stonehenge? | Possibly a temple.
24: Pompeii Arena, complete with stray dogs!
27: Day Three: Travel to Rome to Meet Maria! And pick up tickets for Palm Sunday.
29: Quick visit to St. Peter's Basilica
32: Day Four: Palm Sunday Mass Pantheon Piazza Navona
33: Saint statues around Saint Peter's Square
36: The processional was very long and included many members of the clergy. | Pope Benedict processing into St. Peter's Square.
37: Palm Sunday mass, though long, was beautiful and very moving. | Bishops and Cardinals approaching the altar. | During the homily, different groups from all over the world cheered as their country was named..
38: Pantheon visit after lunch in Vatican City | Piazza della Rotunda
39: We found Americans to take our picture.
41: Walking from the Pantheon to Piazza Navona.
42: Piazza Navona
44: Building by our shuttle stop. | Good night, Rome. . .
45: Day Five: Good morning, Colosseum!
49: Walking toward the Roman Forum, by the Arch of Constantine
54: Palantine Hill
60: This awesome building was next to the Roman Forum
61: The Baths of Caracalla were closed, after we trekked all of the way to the other side of Rome! Not happy.
62: After the disappointment at the baths, we decided to check out some churches on that side of town. | Which were very very worth it!
64: To the left are photos from the Church of the Holy Steps, supposedly the steps Christ walked up to be judged by Pontius Pilate
65: Day Six: Vatican Museum Sistine Chapel St. Peter's Duomo & Square | View of the Museum from the courtyard.
66: For obvious reasons, much of the art had religious themes.
67: Faberge egg exhibit!
74: The Map Room
79: The Sistine Chapel (an illegal collection of photos)
82: Conquering the Duomo
84: There were so many stairs, but we did it!
88: The Stations of the Cross along the pathway to Saint Peter's Square | 1. Jesus is condemned to death. | 2. Jesus is given his cross. | 3. Jesus falls the first time. | 4. Jesus meets his mother. | 5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross. | 6. Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.
89: 7. Jesus falls the second time. | 8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem. | 9. Jesus falls the third time. | 10. Jesus is stripped of His garments. | 11. Jesus is nailed to the cross. | 12. Jesus dies on the cross. | 13. The body of Jesus is removed from the cross. | 14. Jesus is laid in the tomb.
90: End of Book One