Italy Journals

Italian Delights

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A travel journal to Italy by Meggysmum

Leaning Tower of Pisa Photo, Pisa, Italy More Photos
Quote: Cruising around Italy gives opportunities to visit some amazing places.

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

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

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

The Grand Canal

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Attraction | "Exploring The Canals"

The Grand Canal Photo, Venice, Italy
Quote:
Venice is a beautiful city that actually covers over 100 separate islands which is navigated by a network of canals and bridges. The graceful black gondolas are the traditional form of transport and these can be hired at various points around the city. Each gondola is hand-crafted and as our striped-jumper clad Gondolier steered us expertly through the labyrinth of waterways we had chance to notice that the metal decoration and rope work varied on each one. Gondoliers stand elegantly on the end of their crafts and using only one oar they nimbly guide their boats around. I couldn’t believe how easy these men made the whole process look (it seems it is very rare to find a woman Gondolier)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2011

The Grand Canal
Through the Central Districts
Venice, Italy

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi)

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Attraction | "More Than Just A Ruin!"

Ancient City of Pompeii (Pompeii Scavi) Photo, Pompeii, Italy
Quote:
The ruined Roman city of Pompeii is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Italy and it is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.I had wanted to visit Pompeii since I was a child and had watched a programme about it on television. The Roma Empire was always being mentioned in school history lessons and the culture seemed so advanced for the time that I had trouble believing that the Romans really lived such a civilised life-style many hundreds of years BC.We arrived at Pompeii as part of a booked tour which was lucky as by 9 o’clock on that August morning there was already a long queue to buy tickets which were luckily able to bypass. Just outside the ticket area there is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 16, 2011

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

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale

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Attraction | "The Doge's Palace"

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale Photo, Venice, Italy
Quote:
The Doges Palace is one of the most recognisable buildings in Venice. This magnificent building made of limestone and pink marble was built in the 1400s as the home for the Venetian Government led by the Doge. The area had been run by the power of the Doge since the 9th century but this building was the final home for the government until the last official Doge was in power in the 1700s.We visited in the height of the season so we arrived at 9.00 when the Palace first opened to avoid the worst of the crowds. Tourists no longer enter through the original entrance; we have to use the entrance which is closest to the canal. This entrance led us into a huge courtyard where the amazing goth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2011

Doge's Palace/Palazzo Ducale
Piazza San Marco
Venice, Italy 30124
+39 0415224951