Gondolas on the Grand Canal
First evening in Venice on one of the many smaller canals.
left to right: James, Oliver and myself.
A lovely tower
Verona's amphitheater, it is one of the oldest in the world and is mostly undamaged. It is now used for plays and operas.
The bridge linking Verona's castello and arsenal.
The extremely imposing Gothic Duomo
(D-wo-mo) in Milan.
The gatehouse to the colossal Castello Sforsico.
Another really big tower.
The main aisle way inside the Duomo in Milan
The view from the top of the Milanese Duomo.
The view of the rear gatehouse of the Castello Sfrosica through the old estate gardens.
The only impressive remains of one of the oldest forts in the world. Once a roman wall, this tiny keep and tower was modified in the middle ages.
The smallest church I have ever seen.
ummm, the leaning tower of Pisa.
The three of us enjoying a much cooler day in Pisa next to the tower.
The baptistery in Pisa.
My favourite building in the world; the Duomo in Florence.
The bell tower of the Duomo. it stands alongside and isn't actually connected. This seems to be the standard Italian way of building churches.
A view from the peak of the dome. It was an exceptionally uncomfortable climb as the corridors are steep, narrow and force you to lean to one side as you ascend.
A panorama from the top of the Duomo.
halfway up the bell tower, showing the Duomo.
Now from the top of the tower.
The main bridge across the Arno river. Lots of jewelry makers and goldsmiths along the bridge. Sometimes called the golden bridge.
View of the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio.
Palazzo Vecchio, the old council chambers for when Florence was an independant city state. The palace is still used as offices for the city council.
The mausoleum of Augustus. We couldn't get very close, but the mausoleum of the first Roman Emperor is still quite impressive.
the Palatine hill from the Roman forum.
This shows the underground network of the Colosseum.
The three of us after getting absolutely soaked.
The Colosseum just as the sun came out for about 8 seconds.
The Pantheon. One of the oldest temples/Churches in the world. (even though it has been rebuilt several times)
The monument building to the Italian monarchy, more specifically the first King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuel II.
St. Peters basilica.
The ceiling in St. Peters.
St. Peters again, I don't actually know what this is, but it was very big and looked cool.
St. Peters Square from the top of the dome.
Just your average door frame in the Vatican.
Castel St. Angelo. This the fortress apartments of the former Popes.
The three of us enjoying our final day in Rome outside the Castel St. Angelo