Italy Journals

Historical Italy

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A travel journal to Italy by Meggysmum

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy More Photos
Quote: Visiting historical sites in several places in Italy helped us get a real feel for the area.

Nora Archaeological Park

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Attraction | "Delve into the Past"

Nora Archaeological Park Photo, Sardinia, Italy
Quote:
Our cruise ship docked at Cagliari in Sardinia. Although Sardinia is well known for its beautiful beaches be decided that we would prefer a bit of history so we headed to the Nora Archaeological Park which is to the west of Cagliari, near Pula.An easy half hour journey took us past lakes playing host to flocks of beautiful pink flamingos on our right and the crystal clear sea on our left. There is a large car park at the Nora site so parking was easy. We were immediately struck by the beauty of the area on its striking peninsula. There is a good sized white sandy beach which was very popular with the locals in a sheltered bay fringed by tropical looking greenery. The sea looked so invi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2010

Nora Archaeological Park
Village of Pula
Sardinia, Italy

Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Attraction | "Amazing Sight"

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy
Quote:
As a child I remember marvelling pictures of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and thinking that it couldn’t possibly stay upright and that it probably wasn’t even real. Thus I was delighted that my Mediterranean cruise was making a stop at Livorno which is the closest port to Pisa.Driving through the countryside of Tuscany was delightful and the town of Pisa was artfully reflected in a lake as we drove past. Coach parking is not allowed in close proximity to the Field of Miracles where the tower is located so we were parked a good twenty minute walk away in a huge coach park which obviously attracts a lot of hawkers selling handbags and tea towels.We walked past the outside walls of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Leaning Tower of Pisa
Campo del Miracoli
Pisa, Italy

Trevi Fountain

Attraction | "Toss a coin at Trevi"

Trevi Fountain Photo, Rome, Italy
Quote:
The Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) is an enormous Baroque fountain in the centre of Rome that shouldn’t be missed.You come upon the fountain through narrow streets which suddenly open out into a small square that is completely dominated by this 85 ft high, extravagant monument. The first fountain on the site was a conservative affair and was built in 1453. In 1629 the Pope asked Bernini to create something more impressive and Bernini started on designs that moved the location of the fountain slightly. The death of the Pope put an end to these plans however work began again in 1732 on Salvis design which is what stands in the square today. Unfortunately Salvi dies in 1751 so never sa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2010

Trevi Fountain
Piazza di Trevi
Rome, Italy 00187

The Colosseum/Coliseum

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Attraction | "Walking in Rome"

The Colosseum/Coliseum Photo, Rome, Italy
Quote:
Visiting Rome, the Eternal City, is an amazing experience. Around every corner there is a sight to behold, ancient ruins sit side-by-side with more modern structures and the whole atmosphere is one of a bustling cosmopolitan city but the ancient backdrops make it unique.Probably the best way to explore Rome is by foot as there is so much to see and most of it is in a fairly compact area. We only had one day in which to explore this vibrant city so we knew there would be a lot of walking involved. We visited in the middle of August and the weather was extremely hot and I would suggest you go armed with several bottles of water. Everywhere we went people were selling parasols to protect ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 17, 2010

The Colosseum/Coliseum
Piazza Del Colosseo
Rome, Italy 00184
+39 (06) 7004261

St. Peter's Basilica

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Attraction | "Breath-taking"

St. Peter's Basilica Photo, Rome, Italy
Quote:
Vatican City is a small sovereign state within Rome that contains the residence of the Pope. In the centre of Vatican City stands the amazing St Peters Basilica.St Peter’s Basilica is the largest Catholic Church in the world. It took over 120 years to build as was eventually consecrated in 1626. The statistics for this building are amazing and it is said that it can hold 60000 people for a mass. Entry is free but there are masses on Wednesday and Sunday when the area is very crowded.You approach St Peters across the enormous St Peter’s Piazza. The stunning columns dominate the front and the intricate dome looks like it is actually a little too small for such an impressive ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 16, 2010

St. Peter's Basilica
Piazza San Pietro
Vatican City, Rome 00193
+39 0669883462