ITALY-Rome, Pisa, Florence, Tuscany, Verona, Venice, Ravenna, Ancona.
GREECE-Patras, Olympia, Tolon, Mycenae, Athens.
The train ride from Naples to Pompei took another hr....
Human body very well preserved
Took a 3 hr train ride back to train station and had Pizza at one of the restaurants for dinner.
Breakfast in the hotel. I love the "nutella" with crispy bread. :)
Followed by the Catacomb @ San Castillo
Pictures not allowed inside but the board shows how the tombs are placed. Just in case you do not know what Catacombs are- they are ancient, human-made passageways for burial or protection. Any chamber used as a burial can be described as a catacomb, although this word is most commonly associated with the Roman Empire. Many are under cities ( underground).
La bocca della verita which means "Mouth of Truth" is an ancient stone mask from the classical period that represents a river god with an open mouth, wide eyes and a flowing mane of hair. Macabre legend associated with the massk...if a liar puts their hand inside its mouth, they will lose it. outside the paleochristian church of santa maria in cosmedin.
After 2000 years it was built, The Pantheon's dome is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome. It is one of the most preserved Roman buildings. During storms, a drainage system below the floor handles the rain that falls through the oculus. Pretty impressive.
Water that comes out from a hole- rumored to give good luck to anyone who drinks it.
Dessert while waiting for the coach bus to arrive..Tiramisu again, and cream cheese cake
Next: St Peter's Basilica, Colosium, Roman Forum,downtown shopping
Leaning Tower of Pisa, Arrive inTuscany, followed by dinner.
Tour around Florence! Visited the famous UFFIZI Gallery. It has lots of famous art paintings. Rick Steve on audio was great. I am better able to appreciate and enjoy the art gallery as he explained the details of the painting, giving a better perspective of how art changed from one period to the next.
Italy is famous for its Spaghetti Alla Carbonara - Basically its a dish based on eggs, and pasta. It usually has ham but the restaurant did it with mushrooms for us.
Day 5!City of Verona, where we saw Juliets Statue and Romeo's house, wandered about the beautoful streets. and Dinner at Venice
On our way to Verona in the bus...
The biggest Nutella bottle I've ever seen!
Commonly believed that if any unmarried person touches the right breast of Juliet, it will bring good luck to that person...Married people cannot touch her breast as it will cause troubles to their marriage.
Love notes on the wall..
More love notes everywhere..
Found this at one bakery..pretty cool :)
Such a beautiful city!
Few hrs to spare before Venice...hence we went to the supermarket. Water is not free in Europe. Hence, we had to source fir water. ;)
With Armando, our tour director. He has a Roman accent and his cliche words are, " Hello my friends, wakey wakey. Did you miss me?" ;)
Venice is so much quieter and nicer at night. I guess romantic is the word. :)
Day 6! VENICE during the day! :)
Bell Tower, St Marks Cathedral, St Marks Square, Gondola Rides around Venice, glass blowing demonstration
View from the Belll tower was spectacular!
Flooding is common...when the tide is high.
It is cost 1.50 Euro to use the bathroom. Hence, eating in restaurants is one way to use the bathroom...
GONDOLA around the fish-shaped island!
One of the oldest church in the world, Beautiful city of Ravenna, Lunch W home made pasta, Cruise ship to Greece
Interesting to watch how nothing can be made into something. In this case, the guy was demonstraiton how he made a glass horse. It took him a few minutes to do it.
Cool- Gelato ice-cream!
Fresh hot Baguette- soft on the inside and slighty crisp on the outside =lovely :)
Tour Group Picture
Overnight ferry to Greece...
Room for the night
View outside our roomGreece is next! Will post up more pictures on the next post. :)