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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part X (b)

When you think Venice, you think about a city sitting on water. This is because the city is actually made up of islands (besides the mainland) and everywhere you look are churches.


Chiesa dei Gesuati o
Santa Maria del Rsoario


Church of Zitelle


Basilica di Santa Maria
della Salute


Chiesa del
Santissimo Redentore


Chiesa di Santa Maria
della Piera’


Chiesa di
S. Giorgio Maggiore

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part X (a)

Now we head to Venezia / Vence where we quickly transfer to a chartered boat to take us to the Island of Burano which is a neat little fishing village that has its own leaning tower.

 


San Pietro di Castello


Isola de Murano
Lighthouse


San Giacomo
in Palude


Church of
Santa Caterina


Burano


Cathedral’s
“Leaning”
Bell-Tower

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part IX

Before we leave Florence we walk to yet one more plaza and visit its wonderful church where there just happens to be a couple of interesting folks that are buried inside.


Basilica of Santa Croce

Basilica of Santa Croce


Michelangelo Buonarotti’s
Tomb


Galileo Galilei’s
Tomb

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part VIII

One of the things I found amazing about Florence is the layout of the city with its art and culture. Here at home I would have to get a car and drive from park to park; but, here you take a short walk from Palazzo to Palazzo with each being unique. Here is what it was like to walk into Palazzo Vecchio…

 


Palazzo Vecchio


Cosimo l dE’ Medici


Fountain of Neptune


Michelangelo’s David
(Copy)


Donatello’s Marzocco
(Copy)


Perseus slaying Medusa


Ajax with the
Body of Patrocles


Rape of the
Sabine Women

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part VII

We now leave Rome with our next stop being Florence / Firenze. Our first stop is the Duomo where you will find the famous painting of the last judgment painted in the dome.

 

 
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World Travel – Vatican City 2004 – Part II

We now head back to Vatican City and this time to visit the museums themselves which is the showcase of items that have been donated from people all around the world throughout time. What is amazing to me as well is the walls and ceilings themselves as everything here is something to take in.


Musei Vaticani

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part VI

We head to another area of Rome for the night, know as the Spanish Steps, eating a wonderful meal at a small family owned restaurant, and then DISCO our way back to the hotel. Yes, I said the “D” word and our Aussie Mates we were traveling with were dancing in the isle of the bus while our driver flickered the dome lights on and off.

Do the hustle!!!!!!!


Piazza di Spagna


Piazza di Spagna


Piazza di Spagna


Santa Maria dei
Miracoli e Santa Maria
in Montesanto

 
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World Travel – Vatican City 2004 – Part I

Well, you can’t go to this area of the world and not cross the border and enter the smallest independent state in the world by both population (800) and area (108.7 acres). Yes, I’m taking about Vatican City where at the time we visited was also the home of Pope John Paul II (1920-2005) where the grounds were being setup and a major service.


Pope John Paul’s
Apartment


Piazza San Pietro
Obelisk


Saint Peter’s Basilica


Pieta
By
Michelangelo
Buonarroti


The Dome
Saint Peter’s Basilica


The Dome
Saint Peter’s Basilica

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part V

When you think of Rome I’m sure most think of some very specific places and yes we did spend time visiting these places. Did you know that in the Roman Colosseum that staged “Navel” Battles? Yes, I mean they filled the Colosseum with water, put two of more ships inside and staged a fight. They also were able to cover the Colosseum just like they do today in modern football stadiums; and it was the Navy crews that did the work as well. Who would have thought!


Arch of Constantine


The Forum Area


Temple of Vesta


Colosseum


Circus Maximus
(Ben Hur!)


Castel Sant’Angelo

 
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World Travel – Italy 2004 – Part IV

We now head back to Rome passing more ancient Temples and other old Roman sites before reaching the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains that has a famous piece of sculpture as part of its decor.


Temple of
Fortuna Virilis


Temple of
Hercules Victor


Palatine Hill


Basilica of
St. Peter in Chains


Michelangelo’s
statue of Moses

 
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