My wife and I visited Italy in early summer, 1998.
I was working on a telecom contract in Rome for the first 6 weeks of our stay, and then we travelled for 2 weeks - south to Sorrento, and then north to Florence and Verriaggio.
On this and the following pages are a few photos from our two months in Italy.
|This was the entrance to our hotel, the "Diplomatic", right in the heart of the tourist area of Rome. Couldn't have found a more central spot for visiting the main highlights of the city, as well as providing easy access to a host of excellent restaurants, trattorias, and pizzarias. And the staff here made our 6-week stay very enjoyable.|
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|This is Piazza Venezia and the "Vittoriano", monument to King Vittoria Emanuele II, first king of united Italy. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome. The locals refer to this building as the "wedding cake" because of its layered appearance. Construction began in 1885, and was completed 40 years later.|
|Piazza Venezia looks even better at night, when the scaffolding which encloses parts of the monument, is less obvious. Many large tours can be seen wandering the streets before midnight, admiring Rome by night. Unfortunately, a tripod, or other steady support, is necessary to capture the night sights on film.|
|The Trevi Fountain is another highlight in Rome. Large groups of people can be found here day and night, admiring the sculptures, and just having fun being together with other tourists. The fountain was erected in the 17th century by architect Nicolo Salvi. We each threw a coin into the pool beneath the fountain to ensure our return to Rome in the future.|
|The colosseum is one of the main tourist attractions in Rome. It has a very active history, from the time of the early Romans, through the middle ages, and to the present day.It was started by Vespasian in 72 AD, and completed by his son Titus in 80 AD. The Colosseum is truly "colossal" - 50,000 spectators could be contained within its walls.|
|This is the view inside the Colosseum, looking down into the "basement" area where the wild animals, gladiators, and, later on, Christian martyrs, were kept, waiting for their time to appear on stage for the amusement of the Roman spectators. The white stone seats at the bottom right of the photo were reserved for the Roman senators and other high government officials.|
|The entrance to the Vatican tour of the Sistine Chaple takes the visitor up a beautiful staircase as seen in the photo at the left.|
|The Vatican tour to the Sistine Chapel winds through many large halls, and museum rooms, beautifully decorated with tapestries, paintings, and sculptures. Unfortunately, no photographs are allowed in the Sistine Chapel which one enters at the very end of the tour.|
The views and opinions expressed here are entirely those of the author. They are based on a very short exposure to the country, and as such are coloured by personal biases, impressions and subject to potential inaccuracies of interpretation.
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