S: Rome, Florence and Venice
FC: Imagine Italia! Fund For Teachers Fellowship Grant June/July 2011 Vilma Martinez Leslie Kolojaco
2: The Colosseum is perhaps one of the most famous sites to visit in Rome. Made entirely of Travertine, this impressive arena once hosted gladiator combats, mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. Fire, earthquakes and the passing of time have left the Colosseum in the condition you see it today.
3: Imagine this grand arena in it's original glory seating 45,000 spectators! We stood where Romans once stood. Seeing it on the big screen (Gladiator), reading or hearing about it, does not prepare you for that first look at this amazing testament to history and man's ability to create impressive structures such as this, in the 1st Century!
4: Neptune, god of the sea, dominates the center of this creation. Impressive sculptures and clear flowing water demanded our attention. We enjoyed a refreshing gelato in the afternoon heat which is cool compared to our Houston summer temperatures! | Our trip to Rome would not be complete without dropping a coin in Trevi Fountain!
5: Spanish Steps Walking for blocks on end did not phase us with all this beauty around us. You can only appreciate the grandness of the steps when standing at the bottom looking up at Trinitá Church. Like others around us, we sat on the steps for a bit and absorbed the history around us.
6: Florence: Some of our favorite views.
8: Mosquitoes could not distract us from the beauty of the Boboli Gardens. You could spend hours walking through the many mazes that make up these gardens. | Statue of Abondanzza
9: View of Pitti Palace from Boboli Gardens | Steps leading up to Boboli Gardens. | Nature at it's best.
10: Boboli Gardens The gardens date back to the early 16th to 18th century and is one of the first and most famous gardens. Located behind the Pitti Palace this 11 acre garden is beautifully landscanped with statues, terraces, fountains, inclines, slopes, archways and steps, many many steps!
11: You can walk for hours through the twists and turns, trails and hills simply taking in nature's beauty. Yes, your muscles ached at the end of each day, but boy was it worth it!
12: Pitti Palace
13: Scultptures outside the Uffizi Gallery Cameras were prohibited but that allowed us the freedom to enjoy the many works of art. We walked the halls viewing masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo and Caravaggio. | Michelangelo | Leonardo da Vinci
14: Venice Gondolas, Glass and Masks... Oh, My!!
15: Relax and enjoy a capuccino with a breathtaking view.
18: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
19: Venice is made up of
22: Murano Glass
24: Marciana Library Florence, Italy
25: Views from the Marciana Library
26: Leaning Tower of Pisa | Pisa