S: Italy July, 2011
FC: Rome | Cortona | Florence
1: Italy 2011
2: Hotel Abruzzi Piazza della Rotonda | ROME | Rome is a vast 3,000 year-old, indoor-outdoor museum, situated on seven hills along the banks of the river Tiber. In every quarter you'll find ancient monuments, art treasures and timeless architecture in churches, galleries and protected ruins. Home to the world's smallest country, the Vatican, Rome has religion at its heart and history in its soul.
3: The Pantheon | Piazza della Rotonda
4: Portico Triangular Pediment | The Pantheon Pagan Temple | Dome & Oculus The widest dome in Europe at 142 feet, with a 27 foot hole at the center which provides light and structural support.
5: Piazza Navona
7: Castel Sant'Angelo | Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II | St Peter's Basilica
8: Vatican City | Piazza San Pietro | St. Peter's Basilica
9: St. Peter's Dome & Basilica | Baldacchino Bernini's Altar Canopy
10: Vatican City | Laocoon and His Sons | Court of the Pigna
11: Trevi Fountain
12: Spanish Steps Piazza di Spanga
13: Santa Maria sopra Minerva Hotel Minerva Piazza della Minerva
14: Musei Capitolini
15: The Colosseum
16: The Colosseum
17: The Arch of Constantine
18: Roman Forum
19: San Clemente | Trastevere
20: With olive trees and vineyards creeping up to its walls, Cortona commands sweeping views over Lake Trasimeno and the plain of the Valdichiana. The main street, Via Nazionale, is remarkably flat in comparison with the rest of Cortona. | Cortona
21: View from Piazza Garibaldi
22: 40 Via Muffai
23: Santa Margherita Fort Medicea
24: View from Julie & Chuck's Patio
25: Cortona is a town in the province of Arezzo, in Tuscany, Italy. The prevailing character of Cortona’s architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets situated on a hillside, embracing a view of the whole of the Valdichiana.
26: Caffe Tuscher Via Nazionale 43
27: Palazzo Comunale Town Hall Piazza della Repubblica | Via Jannelli Known for its medieval houses
28: There are seven openings in the city wall that can be used by cars. | The prevailing character of Cortona architecture is medieval with steep narrow streets. | Church of San Francesco.
32: Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany and is a buzzing city which is often considered the most beautiful city in Italy. It is busy with magnificent architectural achievements and works of art. It is situated on the River Arno which is crossed by the famous Ponte Vecchio, the only Florentine bridge to not be destroyed in World War II. | Florence
33: Vicolo Marzio, 1 Piazza del Pesce
34: Ponte Vecchio | The oldest bridge in Florence was built in 1345 and the only bridge to escape destruction in World War II.
36: Ponte Santa Trinta Designed by Michelangelo and considered the most beautiful bridge in Florence. | The statues of the Four Seasons at each end of the bridge were dredged up from the Arno riverbed after the bridge was blown up by the Germans in 1944.
37: ENGLISH ITALIAN PRONUNCIATION | A very frquently used verbal warm up which can be used in a variety of situations. A waiter may say this on first appearance (what'll it be?) or a shopkepper may say this when you have assembled your purchases and he is about to calculate your total. | Ok, so allora ah l-LOR-ah
38: San Lorenzo Medici Family Church, rebuilt by Brunelleschi in 1419. The facade remains unfinished despite several designs submitted by Michelangelo.
39: Around San Lorenzo | Mercato Centrale | Palazzo Pucci
41: Oltrarno 'Over the Arno' | Santo Spirito Simplicity is the spirit of Brunelleschi's last church.
42: The church of Santa Maria del Carmine is famous for The LIfe of St. Peter frescoes in the Brancacci Chapel.
43: The use of perspective in The Tribute Money and the tragic realism of Masolino's figures in The Expulsion of Adam and Eve placed him in the vanguard of Renaissance painting.
44: Palazzo Pitti | Medici Family Residence
45: Boboli Gardens Laid out for the Medici after they bought Palazzo Pitti in 1549. | Vittolone (Avenue of the Cypress) & L'Isolotto (Little Island) | Rose Garden and Porcelain Museum
46: Piazza della Signoria The piazza is a unique outdoor sculpture gallery and with the Palazzo Vecchio (town hall), has been the heart of Florentine politics since the 14th century. | Neptune Fountain and Palazzo Vecchio
47: David Hercules and Cacus | The Loggia dei Lanzi A building on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria, adjoining the Uffizi Gallery. Originally built to hold public ceremonies, today it is an open air sculpture gallery.
48: Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
49: Fountains of Florence
50: Galleria degli Uffizi Originally built in 1560-80 as a suite of offices for Duke Cosimo I, used to display the Medici family art, is now the oldest gallery in the world. Who's Who in Renaissance Art The Groundbreakers: Brunelleschi & Botticelli took center stage. Ghibrti, Masaccio, Donatello, Uccello, Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi were other major players. The Big Three: Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael were concerned with portraying the body in all its glory and with achieving harmony and grandeur in thier work.
51: Santa Croce A magnificant gothic church containing the tombs of many famous Florentines, including Michelangelo and Galileo.
52: Piazza della Repubblica
53: Yellow Bar Via del Proconsolo, 39
54: Florence has one undisputed centerpiece: The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, commonly referred to as the Duomo. The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistry and Giotto's Campanile.
55: The Baptistry | The East Doors of the Baptistry
56: Main Entrance of Santa Maria del Fiore
57: The Campanile | At 276 feet, the Campanile is 20 feet shorter than the 463 step climb to the top of the Dome.
58: View from The Campanile
60: Santa Maria del Fiore holds up to 20,000 people. | Above the main door is a one-handed liturgical clock that shows 24 hours of Italian time. This timetable was used until the 18th century. This is one of the few clocks from that time that still exists and is in working order.
61: Brunelleschi's Dome Brunelleschi's revolutionary achievement was to build the largest dome of its time without scaffolding. The dome weighs 37,000 tons and is constructed with 4 million bricks. Vasari's fresco begun in 1572, and was completed by Zuccaro.
63: Galleria dell'Accademia A collection of Florentine paintings and numerous sculptures by Michelangelo, most notably the David, moved to the Accademia from Piazza della Signoria in 1873.