Tag Archives: Italy

Bernini’s Hidden Spiral Staircase

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“Students of architecture study this staircase.” The tour guide stated proudly. “It has withstood hundreds of years as a service staircase, and continues to serve as one today.” The structure the guide was referring to, is the 17th century spiral staircase … Continue reading

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Tasty Tuesday: Italian Eats

No food, no fun!  Food is part of the joys of traveling. I enjoyed a lot on my trip to Italy last February. I have posted about each previously. As one of my responses to the photo challenge, collage, I’m … Continue reading

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Out of Focus in Rome

While traveling, I like to look at the scenery and snap pictures. Aboard a bus one evening in Rome, while our bus was idling waiting for traffic to clear, I attempted to take a panoramic picture of Saint Peter’s Basilica.I … Continue reading

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Free Friday: Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Rome has four Papal Basilicas, namely, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Basilica di Santa Maggiore, Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran, and Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Papal Basilicas are the highest ranking Roman Catholic Church buildings. Santa Maria Maggiore holds … Continue reading

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Free Friday: Trevi Fountain, Rome

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One of the popular free attractions in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. Even during the off season, tourists flock to the fountain. It was a challenge to take pictures without anyone photo bombing.Fontana di Trevi is the largest Baroque fountain … Continue reading

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Sunday Review: FH Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome

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Finally, I get to sit down and write a review of this hotel we stayed at in Rome on our trip to Italy. It is long overdue. We went on an escorted tour, so it was the tour company’s choice … Continue reading

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The Sleeping Danger That Is Mount Vesuvius

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Mount Vesuvius is silent, but dangerous. One can’t miss it, standing at the main square of Pompeii, the ancient city that is now a popular attraction because the presently quiet volcano erupted back in AD 79 covering Pompeii with ashes … Continue reading

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Thursday Doors: Temple of Antoninus and Faustina

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One of the sights that catches attention at the Roman Forum is the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. It’s a well preserved edifice among the ruins that give a glimpse of ancient Rome. Its green door stands out amidst the … Continue reading

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Snapshot: Sphere Within A Sphere

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When I saw a bronze globe at the Pine Cone Garden of the Vatican Museum in Rome, I immediately thought, “Earth!” The outdoor sculpture is by Italian artist Amaldo Pomodoro.The orb is cracked with another sphere in the crack. Hence … Continue reading

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Free Friday: Arch of Constantine, Rome

The Arch of Constantine is a well-preserved Arch. It commemorates the acceptance of Christianity by the Roman Empire. Emperor Constantine built it after he defeated his rival Maxentius in AD 312.Viewing the Arch is always free, and it is always … Continue reading

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