S: Italy ... May, 2010
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FC: Italy ... May, 2010
1: May 12 Florence, Italy May 15 Tuscany May 20 Cinque Terre May 24 Pisa May 26 Catania, Sicily June 1 Rome June 3 Home | Itinerary | Italian Adventure
2: Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River & Il Duomo
3: Florence | Michelangelo's David (Replica) | Santa Croce | Baptistery
6: Gates of Paradise
8: Street Scenes | Street Scenes
14: Leo, our driver, picked us up at our hotel in Florence. Since it was raining we went to visit his father, Fausto, and had coffee, tea, biscotti, 'death cookies' and Vin Santo. L to R: Viktor, Fausto, Leo, Jim, Julie, Gene, Yours Truly and Gale behind the camera.
15: San Gimignano
16: Street Scenes
19: Villa Belvedere in San Quirico
21: Abbey | Cappella di Vitaleta
25: LEONARDO'S FEAST ... Tonight Leo made us pasta with a delicious pancetta carbonara sauce. We also enjoyed stuffed olives, truffle spread, caprese salad, mozzarella, bruschetta, Vin Santo, biscotti and lots of wine !!
28: Tuscan Hills
30: Abbey | Sant' Antimo Abbey
39: Villa Belvedere in Fog
40: 'The Zed' of Cypress Trees
41: Stand of Cypress Trees
44: Poppy Fields
48: Santa Maria Assunta | Siena
49: Piazza del Campo
52: Where we've been ... | Tuscany is regarded as the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been home to Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei. The beautiful landscapes of rolling hills, cypress trees, flowers, vineyards and olive groves produce some of Italy's finest wines and olive oils.
53: and Where we're going... | The Cinque Terre, meaning 'Five Lands,' is five pastel villages clinging to the most inaccessible bit of coast on the Italian Riviera. Since cars cannot reach it from the outside trains and boats connect the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. There is also an eight mile walking trail known as Sentiero Azzurro or 'Light Blue Trail' that connects the villages. In 1997, UNESCO designated the area a World Heritage Site.
54: Monterosso al Mare | View from Hotel
60: Vernazza Harbor
61: Vernazza Harbor
64: Warhol Beach Umbrellas
65: Riomaggiore Sunset
68: Ferry to Portovenere
70: Doria Castle
72: Around Town & Markets
74: Locals & Gatto
78: Carrara Marble Quarry & Worker's Cabin
80: P I S A
82: Santa Maria della Spina | Piazza dei Miracoli
87: Marian & Valerie | View of the Ionian Sea from the Villa | Sicily
89: Taormina is in eastern Sicily at the foot of Mt Etna and overlooking the Ionian Sea. Known in the 8th Century BC and refounded by Carthaginians in the 4th Century BC, Taormina later flourished under the Greeks and then under the Romans. It was taken by the Arabs (early 10th Century), fell to the Normans (late 11th Century), and declined after the 15th Century. There are foundations of several Greek temples and a Greek amphitheater, rebuilt by the Romans.
91: San Placido Church | Il Duomo
92: The Triskelion or Trinacria: The three bent legs represent the three points of the island of Sicily. In the middle is the winged head of Medusa and three wheat ears.
94: Trevi Fountain | Spanish Steps | Capitoline Wolf suckles the infant twins Romulus and Remus.
95: Rome | Vatican | Il Vittoriano | Garibaldi Cruise | Tomb of the Unknown Soldier