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S: Our Honeymoon in Italy

FC: Our Honeymoon in Italy


2: "If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you've imagined. Venice is -- Venice is better.” -Fran Lebowitz | Venice

3: Sights of Venice (clockwise from top left): Santa Maria della Salute church, Railto bridge from our canal tour, San Geremia, San Stae, mosaic made from wooden eggs (part of Venice's Biennial), Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari

4: Piazza San Marco

5: Doge's Palace Clockwise from top left: Scala d'Oro (golden staircase) inside the palace; Bridge of Sighs; outside of the palace; secret mailbox; painting of St. Christopher; palace from the canal; gondola; courtyard

6: pumpkin gnocchi! | our hotel | first espresso in Italy | our gondola | gelato | St. Mark's orchestra | Fun in Venice

8: Florence

9: Sights of Florence The Duomo (featuring Brunelleschi's dome and Giotto's bell tower) and the Florence Baptistry (far left); Palazzo Vecchio (left); view of the Ponte Vecchio from the Uffizi Gallery (below)

10: The Duomo of Florence (Santa Maria del Fiore) | Tour of Florence | Ponte Vecchio and the Vasari Corridor | Orsanmichele church | View of Ponte Santa Trinita and fresco inside Santa Trinita church | Palazzo Strozzi (home of the rival family of the Medici's) | Bronze doors of the Baptistry ("The Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti)

11: Jersey Shore house

12: Siena Piazza del Campo (above); Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) (left); Church of St. Christopher (right); Pallzzo Salimbeni, headquarters of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, the oldest surviving bank in the world (founded in 1472) (bottom left); Palazzo Tolomei and statue of the wolf of Siena (bottom right)

13: The Duomo of Siena

14: Tuscany

15: Fattoria Poggio Alloro Winery

16: San Gimignano

17: Pisa | Pisa

19: Sorrento

20: Pompeii | The Basilica | The Forum | Temple of Jupiter | Via Mercurio (above); Arch of Caligula (right) | "Dancing Faun" statue in the House of the Faun (above);; Marble lion's head table base (below) | frozen in 79 AD

21: Temple of Isis | Forum Thermal Baths | Hanging at "the bar" | Theater | Brothel frescoes | Ancient Locker

22: Amalfi Coast Drive Clockwise from top left: Positano; view of Atrani from boat tour; stop along the coast; view of the road; Virgin Mary holding flowers rock formation; man's head rock formation

23: Clockwise from above: cave entrance; glowing water inside the cave; view out the bus window; stairs from villas to the water; view from Ravello lunch; Amalfi Basilica; Positano graveyard; seaside villa near Amalfi

24: Rome | Piazza Navona | Trastevere View of Piazza Trilussa from Ponte Sisto bridge; Piazza Trilussa fountain; Santa Maria in Trastevere fountain and church; another Trastevere church

25: The Colosseum | our tour guide, Guido (left) | ancient graffiti (above) | anchors for awning | numbered gate (above)

26: The Curia Julia (Roman Senate House) (completed in 29 BC and intact due to conversion into a basilica in the 7th century) | early graffiti mocking Christians (left); inner workings of "Nero's rotating dining room" (right) | The Roman Forum | Arch of Septimius Severus

27: Views from Capitoline Hill | Theatre of Marcellus (completed 13 BC) | Trajan's Column (completed AD 113) | Temple of Saturn | Trajan's Market

28: Mussolini's window | ancient Rome exists under modern Rome | Victor Emmanuel monument (honoring the first king of a unified Italy) and the tomb of the unknown soldier (above) | The Pantheon constructed in 126 AD, currently Santa Maria ad Martyres Catholic church left to right: Rafael's tomb, oculus in the dome, front view, interior doors, rear view, part of the dome

29: Palazzo Montecitorio Rome - Italy's Parliament | The Spanish Steps | Villa Borghese park | views of Rome from Pincio Hill

30: Piazza del Popolo featuring an Egyptian obelisk from the 13th or 12th century BC, the Porta del Popolo, and the twin churches of Santa Maria dei Miracoli and Santa Maria in Montesanto | Campo de'Fiori monument to philosopher Giordano Bruno - burnt alive here for heresy in 1600 (above) and fountain (below) | Trevi Fountain | Castel Sant'Angelo

31: Santa Maria in Aracoeli | Palazzo Senatorio in the Pizza del Campidoglio (designed by Michelangelo) and the copy of an ancient statue of Marcus Aurelius | Aracoeli Staircase built in 1348 | Tiber River

32: The Vatican Museums | clockwise from top left: tapestry based on one of Raphael's paintings; flat ceiling painted to look curved; Gallery of Statues; Nero's marble bathtub; 1st century Roman fountain; statue of "Laocoon and His Sons, " believed to have been sculpted in ~25 BC - Michelangelo thought the arm should look like this, but the reconstructed arm was outstretched until the actual arm (shown) was found; Belvedere Torso (which inspired Michelangelo); Egyptian Lion from the 4th century BC

33: Ceiling in the Gallery of Maps (top left and center); Gallery of the Candelabra with ceiling detail (above); paintings in the Raphael Rooms (right): ceiling in the Room of Constantine - The Triumph of Christian Religion (top); Disputation of the Holy Sacrament - with the image of the Church spanning both heaven and earth (center); The School of Athens - featuring many great philosophers and with Michelangelo (Raphael's rival) added at the bottom (in purple) after Raphael saw the Sistine Chapel (bottom)

34: St. Peter's Basilica

36: Steelers Bar where we watched the Bills beat the Patriots | Dinner in Campo de'Fiori

37: Last night in Italy

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