Italy

Travel Photos – The Pantheon (In Rome)

The Pantheon is one of my favorite structures in the entire world.  The fact that it is so beautifully preserved, unique and FREE combine to make it an all-time favorite. During my three visits to Rome I felt like I wound up passing by the Pantheon multiple times and going in at least once or twice a day as the interior changes as the light changes. There really doesn’t need to be an introduction for each picture as they speak for themselves.

Travel Photos – Vatican City

Today I am back with another installment of my travel photos series from Vatican City in Rome.  Vatican City may be small (110 acres) but it more than makes up for it with stunningly impressive sites.  Since words can’t properly describe the sites I will jump right into the pictures I took in April, 2011 during a trip with my wife.

St. Peter’s Basilica (***** – Regardless of how little time you have in Rome, St. Peter’s should be on any schedule)

Close view of St. Peter’s (if you look closely in the center steps in front the basilica you can see Pope Benedict XVI performing Easter Sunday Mass)

Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square presided over by the Pope.

St. Peter’s Basilica (this picture was taken from the top of the Castel Sant’Angelo)

View of St. Peter’s from Castel Sant’Angelo

Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica

Castel Sant’Angelo (*** – Worth it for the views alone)

Passetto (Pope’s passageway from the Castel Sant’Angelo to St. Peters Basilica)

Tip: The Vatican Museum is probably one of the best in the world and with that comes extremely long lines during peak travel periods.  To reduce wait time (and therefore increase your time spent doing more enjoyable activities) get there very early when the museum opens if possible.   This will allow you to spend the rest of the day sightseeing in Rome, versus waiting in the heat to get in!

Travel Photos – Milan, Italy

I am back again with another post in my Travel Photos series, this time from Milan.  I traveled to Milan in May, 2010, while touring through Northern Italy, Austria and Southern Germany.  I have a deep appreciation for Italian culture and certainly enjoyed the more businesslike approach that is taken in Milan.  Enjoy!

The Duomo (***** – Incredible both inside and out)

The Duomo (little further away in the square)

Interior of Duomo

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (** – Worth it to venture inside since it is next to Duomo)

Exterior of Galleria

Travel Photos – Venice, Italy

The next installment in my travel photos series comes from Venice, Italy.  I have traveled there twice, once in 1989 and once in 2008.  Unfortunately, I was too young to remember much from the 1989 trip and none of those pictures are in a digital format so all I have are photos from a 1-day, rain-soaked, trip to the city in 2008.  These pictures do not do justice to how beautiful the city is but they do capture what the city looks like when the crowds are gone.  Enjoy!

Piazza San Marco (***** – Central to everything in Venice. Quite touristy but still a must visit)

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Rialto Bridge ( *** – Charming but nothing much to it)

Grand Canal

Another….

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 I know these aren’t the best photos due to the nasty weather but hopefully they convey some of the beauty of Venice.  Look for some more travel photos posts coming up and a post detailing some future travel that should result in more extensive trip reports.

Travel Photos – Rome, Italy (At Night)

I am saving  my primary travel photos entry for Rome until a later date but I did not want to exclude what may be my favorite city in the world so I decided to pull together the few nighttime shots I have of the eternal city into a blog post.  Please enjoy a look at Rome after dark…..

The Pantheon  (***** – Probably my favorite ancient site.  When I visit Rome I typically go through the Pantheon several times as it is free and ends up on my walking path across the city)

Piazza Navona (**** – Would be five stars if not for the constant hawkers.  Sorry for the picture quality on this one, a little blurry)