S: Italy 2011
FC: Italy | 2011 | Cinque Terre Florence Rome Pompeii
1: Lindsay, Katie, Greg, Brian and Kaleb present: Our Italian Eurotrip | May 3, 2011 - May 14, 2011
2: 2011 | Travelling | byPlanes, Trains & Automobiles | 17 hours later...
3: Arpaiu Hotel, Manarola | May 4th & 5th
4: The Hike | we made it | We did a five mile hike between Corniglia and Monteresso, hugging the coastline and walking through orchards of olives and grapevines. | Greg's Favorite Activity | Brian's Most Memorable
6: good eats | We visited a local favorite, Trattoria del Billy, for some pasta, seafood & wine on our first night.
7: For our second night we bought local meats, cheeses and breads and ate on balcony enjoying this view. | Katie's Favorite Activity
9: "The view at Cinque Terre was pretty much unbeatable. Coming up that long hill after a really long trip and seeing that view is something I'll never forget." - Katie on her "Most Memorable Moment"
10: Vernazza | Vernazza | Manarola | Manarola
11: Picking a favorite photo of Cinque Terre is like trying to pick a favorite type of pasta!! | Manarola
12: Florence May 6th - May 8th
13: The next stop on our journey was Florence. Hopping on the train in Manarola we left the mountainous west coast and traveled through the hills of Tuscany to the city of Florence. | Michaelangelo's David | Chapel of San Lorenzo | Giotto's Campanile
14: Florence had amazing markets where our group of foodies got their fix. | Kaleb's home-made ragu! | Kaleb's Most Memorable Moment
15: Gelato!! | Favorite Flavors Katie: Salted Carmel Lindsay: Dark Chocolate Kaleb: Creme Caramel Brian: Cookies and Cream Greg: Watermelon
16: Wine Tour | Lindsay's Favorite Activity | Brian's Favorite Activity
17: We spent an afternoon in the Tuscan countryside visiting a former Medici residence. Built by the Pazzi ("Crazy") family who tried to kill the Grand Duke of Florence: in a famous failed twelfth century plot, the Medici defeated the Pazzi family and converted it to a personal mansion.
18: Another crowd pleaser was the infamous "Pizza Sandwiches" we got at "Bondi." Despite the surly-natured owner we returned so many times that he eventually started to warm up to us. Greg is now convinced he will open a Pizza Sandwich shop in Atlanta... | Lindsay's Favorite Food | Greg's Favorite Food
19: Florence as seen from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
21: The Duomo, started in 1296 & completed in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi. Brunelleschi's dome consists of two layers, an inner dome spanning the diameter and a parallel outer shell to protect it from the weather and to give it a more pleasing form. This imposing church seemed never ending and is visible from almost any point in the city or surrounding hills.
22: We visited The Uffizi Gallery where hundreds of religious works of art are shown as well as the famous paintings "Primavera" and "The Birth of Venus" by Botticelli. | Botticelli's Primavera | Botticelli's Birth of Venus
23: Next we saw the nearby Palazzo Vecchio, the most important government building in Florence, having been the seat of the Signoria of the Florentine Republic in the 14th century and then the government center of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany. From 1865 to 1871 it housed the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Italy, and since 1872 it has been the town hall.
24: Ponte Vecchio
25: Wine Bar | Katie's Favorite "Food": Wine
26: ROME | May 9th - 13th
27: After 3 days in Florence it was time for us to move onto our next adventure. Rome & Pompeii. The group was so sad to leave beautiful Florence behind. On our first day in Rome we got settled into the apartment and went to explore our surroundings. We went looking for the Borghese Palace, but found something a little different instead....
28: The Villa Borghese park is the "Central Park" of Rome. It's 148 acres of trees gardens and museums.
30: The Colosseum 80 AD
31: The Roman Forum 10th century BC
32: That night we visited the Trevi Fountain. Legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
33: The Spanish Steps
34: We took a day trip from Rome to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius near Naples and the Almafi coast. The famous volcano towered over the town almost half the size of what it was the day it erupted in 79 AD. The entire city of Pompeii was then preserved under the pyroclastic ash that came from the volcano. At the dig site we saw plaster casts of people who were trying to hide from the ash as well as their town, preserved in the state it was in almost 2000 years ago.
36: The Almalfi Coast As seen from the top of Mt. Vesuvius
37: The Hike: Part II The Volcano Edition | The Smoking Crater
38: The Vatican On our last day in Rome we visited the Vatican and Vatican Museum, the part of the trip Kaleb had been waiting for!! Our guide showed us around the museum, where we saw ancient sculptures, paintings, tapestries, a hallway dedicated to maps, the various Pope's apartments as well as the famed Sistine Chapel. | Kaleb's Favorite Activity
39: 2nd Century Roman sarcophagus Vatican Gardens This 2nd century bronze statue of Hercules survived due to a lucky turn of fate. He was struck by lightening, which made him unlucky, so the Romans buried him in a coffin that wasn't discovered until 1864. Raphael's "School of Athens" Much to Katie's excitement there was an entire room dedicated to maps. (Top left to bottom right)
40: The Sistine Chapel
41: St. Peters Basilica
42: The Pope's Window
43: This 20 BC sculpture depicts the story of Laocoon who was killed after attempting to expose the ruse of the Trojan Horse by striking it with a spear. The snakes were sent by Athena, and were interpreted by the Trojans as proof that the horse was a sacred object.
44: We finished our trip at our favorite restaurant in Rome, Freschetteria, which gave Greg one of his favorite quotes of the trip "MR. GREG!!!" Here we received the "American Special" where we ate the best and most random assortment of food and liquor ever consumed. Despite our best efforts we couldn't possibly capture all the incredible memories and moments of the trip. You just had to be there...but here is my best attempt at the many inside jokes we shared. Just ask us the stories and we will share: Ciao Ciao, Ciao Ciao.....The Osama Bin Laden discount.....Rose guys are afraid of dolphins......Extreme pasta eating on the streets of Rome., complete with chair flag....Stealing public transportation.....It is always sweater weather in Rome.....Tiny Robert Downing Jr.....Our Italian Gentleman......Close Talking.....Brian the King of chocolate......Lindsay's international incident...It's all about the ChiChang, ChiChang....Brian's Nutty Gelato.... | Primitive Communication | Freschetteria | Kaleb's Favorite Food | Brian's Favorite Food