Italy Journals

Five Weeks Studying and Touring in Italy

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A July 2003 trip to Italy by anitaellen83

The Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy More Photos
Quote: My college offered a study abroad tour based from Urbino, Italy during July 2003. We also took weekend excursions to Florence, Venice, Rome, and Naples. Additionally, my friends and I ventured to Trieste and Slovenia on our own one weekend.

Rome the Second Time Around

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Sant'Angelo Photo, Italy, Europe
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It seemed like no one was out around town today so we got to do a whole lot of stuff. First stop was San Luigi di Francesi. Fausto told us at breakfast that we should try to stop to see the Caravaggio’s in there. It was an absolutely awesome church aside from the paintings, but they also were awesome. After the church, we checked out the Pantheon. We sort of weren’t sure where we were or if we were in the right place and out of nowhere pops this huge round building. I was completely taken aback by the pantheon. It was awesome. We got our pictures made with Raffaelle’s tomb. The oculus was so much bigger than I had imagined or seen in photographs. The place was simply huge and mag...Read More

Capri and Naples

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Capri Boat Tour Photo, Naples, Italy
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I WENT TO CAPRI!!!!!!! I know, I know. Too exciting, eh? WOOOHOOO.Only disappointment: no aliscafo. We got down to the imbarcadero too late to board it so we took a ferry boat instead. The water was absolutely gorgeous. As Fausto would say, "the colors are tremendous, they knock me on my ass." There were deep azure blues and light patches of turquoise blue mixed in with emerald green. Ah.We went on a boat tour as soon as we got off the ferry in Capri. We saw a bunch of famous rock formation like the natural arch that the guide said "looks like an elephant" but doesn’t at all but maybe a little, and the "love arch" that if you kiss ya luvah underneath it you’re supposed...Read More

Sistine Chapel

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Attraction | "Spiritual Experience of a Lifetime...Sistine Chapel"

Sistine Chapel Photo, Vatican City, Europe
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When we got to Rome, we found out that our hotel is one block away from the Vatican. So, with a little fast action, Julie and I decided to race over there to try to get into the museum before it closed tonight. We got to the ticket office at 3:15 and the office closed at 3:20. In the museum we saw all these busts of ancient Romans. I saw Laocoon, Diana, and a bunch of Emperors. We got into the Sistine chapel too. It was amazing. Even in the darkness of the room you could tell how magnificent the colors were. It’s amazing how most of these places you can go into, not know the story of the Bible, but see it illustrated in all these cathedrals. I was excited about finally seeing in real li...Read More

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Sistine Chapel
Vatican Palace Viale Del Vaticano
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Capri Boat Tour

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Attraction | "Boat Tour - Must Do to See Blue Grotto and Love Arch!"

Capri Boat Tour Photo, Naples, Italy
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The water was absolutely gorgeous. As Fausto would say, "the colors are tremendous, they knock me on my ass." There were deep azure blues and light patches of turquoise blue mixed in with emerald green. Ah.We went on a boat tour as soon as we got off the ferry in Capri. We saw a bunch of famous rock formation like the natural arch that the guide said "looks like an elephant" but doesn’t at all but maybe a little, and the "love arch" that if you kiss ya luvah underneath it you’re supposed to have good luck. Then we reached the green grotto. The guide let all twenty of us jump in and swim underneath it. Oh god it was wonderful. The water was so cool and refreshing (though excessively...Read More

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Capri Boat Tour
From Naples to Capri
Naples, Italy

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)

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Attraction | "Seeing Pompeiian Ruins"

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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I know I could spend an entire day in there easy. I took about 70 pictures of it. We visited a whorehouse with frescoes of naughty things in it with stone beds. Also, they knew it was a whore district because of a penis etched in the sidewalk pointing that way. We also saw the bars with the big amphoras for beer and grain. Then we saw a big house with the impluvium for gathering water attached to the well, and the two gardens, and the atrium and the mosaic tiled floor for the four dining areas. Wow. It was so cool. Every house had frescoes everywhere and mosaic floors. The bedrooms were exceptionally tiny though. The roads were cut out about two feet below the sidewalks. There were paralle...Read More

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Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)
Pompeii
Naples, Italy

Arezzo Market

Attraction | "Fun Little Town to Visit on your Way to Florence"

Arezzo Market Photo, Tuscany, Italy
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Arezzo is where the film Life Is Beautiful was filmed partly. The church featured in the film is available for tours, though I opted not to visit the church and just shopped. I got a nice purse for 5 euro and she got some groovy shoes. There were tons of cute shops along the street and a lot of storefronts featured in the film along with commemorative plaques.

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Arezzo Market
Arezzo
Tuscany, Italy

Uffizi Gallery

Attraction | "Best Museum Experience"

Uffizi Gallery Photo, Florence, Italy
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There are so many galleries you could spend an entire day in the Galleria degli Uffizi. My favorite painting of all time, The Birth of Venus was there, but so many more as well. It was really amazing how many paintings I recognized in there given I know relatively little about paintings. The crazy wet tshirt Madonna with alien elongated "mannerist" child was there. The Birth of Venus by Boccacio was there. The Duke and Duchess of Urbino were there looking dead and scary. The beheading of some dude by this lady that was a self portrait of the female artist was in there. It was a wonderful experience. Julie was disappointed though because the Venus of Urbino by Titian was on expo at the Prato in...Read More

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Uffizi Gallery
Piazzale Degli Uffizi, 6
Florence, Italy 50122
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Pompeii

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Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
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POMPEII MADE UP FOR it. Wow. That place is awesome. I know I could spend an entire day in there easy. I took about 70 pictures of it. We visited a whorehouse with frescoes of naughty things in it with stone beds. Also, they knew it was a whore district because of a penis etched in the sidewalk pointing that way. We also saw the bars with the big amphoras for beer and grain. Then we saw a big house with the impluvium for gathering water attached to the well, and the two gardens, and the atrium and the mosaic tiled floor for the four dining areas. Wow. It was so cool. Every house had frescoes everywhere and mosaic floors. The bedrooms were exceptionally tiny though. The roads were cut out a...Read More

Excursion to Florence

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Santa Maria Del Fiore Photo, Italy, Europe
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After breakfast we headed down to the Uffizi for our 9:15 appuntomento. It was really amazing how many paintings I recognized in there given I know relatively little about paintings. The crazy wet tshirt Madonna with alien elongated "mannerist" child was there. The Birth of Venus by Boccacio was there. The Duke and Duchess of Urbino were there looking dead and scary. The beheading of some dude by this lady that was a self portrait of the female artist was in there. It was a wonderful experience. Julie was disappointed though because the Venus of Urbino by Titian was on expo at the Prato in Spain this month. After Uffizi, we checked out the Bargello, a sculpture museum. There, we s...Read More

Excursion to Trieste

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Castello Miramare Photo, Italy, Europe
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Well we made it to Pesaro and had a piece of pizza before it was time to board our train headed to Mestre. I had so much fun on the train. Julie, Katherine and I sat in a compartment and talked about how much it was like Harry Potter. We even had the Italian guy next to us take a picture of us in the car.We got to Mestre around 10:30 Thursday night. We looked in a few hotels which were either booked or $100 a night. We finally got up to this four star hotel. Julie was like, there’s no way that is in our price range. He told us 80!! Furthermore, it was the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. The sheets were so soft and I was actually cold from the amazing a/c. Julie noticed a sign...Read More

Excursion to Assisi and Gubbio

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San Francesco Cathedral Photo, Italy, Europe
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This morning we went to Gubbio and then to Assisi. Gubbio was really nice and quaint and medieval. It was also very clean. We took a chairlift up to the top of this insanely tall mountain. It was a little on the scary side especially trying to get on and off of it. There was a pond right at the bottom that had a little sculpture of Italy in it. There was this huge turtle that was invading Trieste. HAHA.Julie and I stumbled upon an antique market. We both bought some awesome earrings. I also got a little set of pink coffee cups. Very cute.Assisi was a lot like Gubbio but with more annoying American tourists. I just misspelled tourist because I tried to put "turisti." I’m s...Read More

Visiting Santa Casa and Seeing an Opera

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Saint Francis Photo, Italy, Europe
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We went in this cathedral called the Basilica di Santa Casa. Legend has it that the little white building inside the church was transported to the town by angels. I was really creeped out by all the nurses and old sick invalids everywhere. I felt the need to cross myself and buy a rosary there.The house itself wasn’t that impressive. It was really weird. Anyway, on the way back to the bus, Julie and I stumbled upon the room of Mother Teresa. Julie leans against the glass to see inside and exclaims, "Oh my god, she’s in there!" I almost wet my pants. However, she was just referring to a statue. Then I made her photo with a statue of St. Francis.We sat in a balcony with ...Read More

Excursion to Venice

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Duomo Photo, Italy, Europe
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The Scrovegnia chapel was awesome. I wish I could’ve stayed longer to hear a lecture or something on the paintings. I really loved the stars on the ceiling and the paneling of the paintings on the walls. Downtown Padova was just hot and had a lot of shops. That’s about all from that town.We got to Venezia around five o clock. The ferry ride was really nice after being out in the sun in Padova with no breezes and then being crammed on the bus all sweaty and stuff. I still have sea legs from all the boat riding we did in Venezia.Our hotel was on the beach island Lido. The beach was really nice when we visited on Sunday. The sand is very fine there. Also, this one hotel h...Read More
Italian classroom Photo, Italy, Europe
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The bar downstairs wasn’t open yet when we left for class, so Julie and I stopped at a café very close to the school for a coffee. I got a cappuccino and a torta frutta. It was SO very good. It had a thin cake-like crust with lemon custardy biznass on the top and then a layer of fruit syrupy stuff with strawberries, blueberries, red berries, and blackberries on the top. MMM!!! It offset the bitterness of the cappuccino (since I didn’t put sugar in it). I can’t do that every morning though because breakfast cost 3.90 E.Kathryn and I went to our first class meeting in complete Italian this morning. Our professor, Dr. Rosselli, was not intimidating at all and very nice. We all introdu...Read More

Sunday Church and Pesaro's Beach

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The duomo Photo, Italy, Europe
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My alarm woke me up at six thirty and the sun was already high in the sky here. So I got ready for church, carefully selecting what clothes would cover the most of my body. Then I completed the outfit with some nice high heels PERFECT for scaling a hill paved with smooth cobblestones.Then I packed some things for the beach and we all got a cup of coffee from Rosella. And then began the HIKE. I really enjoyed the church. It was so beautiful and I liked the way the beautiful Italian words echoed everywhere, I got chills. I understood a lot of the liturgy since it’s basically the same as back home. I picked up on a few things from the sermon, but my attention drifted quite a few times....Read More
Dorm interior Photo, Italy, Europe
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Like Proffessore Pauluzzi says, in Italy, you have to have grace, be gracious, and be cool. Which means let Italy be Italy and don’t get involved or fight it. Or something.It was quite a rough morning. Mi fa male la tezza. Or really I don’t know for sure what the word for head is. POINT BEING I had quite the headache. I’ll have to look up the word for hangover. I remember last night though saying to the Morrocan kid that Jamie had, "Ha bevuto troppo!" Anywhoo, I was up in time for the market because Julie kindly got my drunk ass up. I didn’t shower. This brings an interesting situation up because now, I cannot take a shower until they turn the hot water back on. It is only on fr...Read More

July Fourth in Italy

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I collegi Photo, Italy, Europe
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I got up molto presto stamattina. The Italian girls kinda stare a little at me when I go in the bathrooms. I say buongiorno so I don’t feel like I’m being rude, but they continue to stare. I’m not too sure what that’s about.I took some nice photos of our surroundings here in the "collegi." The guys across the way have a penchant for bad eighties American music. Things that make you go hmm.Me and Julie got cappuccinos this morning at the little bar outside of our "tube" leading down to our entryways. It was non caro! It only cost 67 centesimi to get a cappuccino. Which is good because the beer in town is WAY overpriced. We all went together to the place wher...Read More
Via Urbino Photo, Italy, Europe
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We went into the piazza of Urbino. Julie and I found not only a place to get a pedicure, but a place to buy Italian clothes, get an Italian haircut, and find American cigarettes for a hugely inflated price.SOOOOO….we had REAL PIZZA at this nice place called Tre Piantes (because there were three mythical unbeknownst trees). I had a piccola birra which we think may have been something German that I can’t think of right now but for some reason the sounds Fraubaus are in my head. That’s not it though. The pizza was so awesome. There was one with zucchini on it, one with mushrooms, and one with tomatoes and garlic. The sauce was so light, yet at the same time oily like you’d expect. The ...Read More

First Day in Rome

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The Roman Forum Photo, Rome, Italy
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The Colloseum was huge in our faces immediately on stepping out onto the streets. It was a madhouse. There were Italians yelling about sunglasses and stuff on the sidewalks, gypsies all around, Romans dressed up like Praetorian guards, and a breathtaking landscape filled with remnants of the ancient world. I tried to remember all the things I learned in Latin class as well as try to think of things to say in Italian, but it was all so surreal. All I could do was keep clicking pictures to remind myself that it was not just a fantasy and I wasn’t dead. The "governor’s mansion" of Rome was gleaming white with a huge gold statue in the center. It was stunning. The landscape ...Read More