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Travel Blogs from Rome
... as he had in fact never painted anything in his life prior and was known only as a sculptor. Being such an aggressive man - the pope threatened to destroy Michaelangelos home town of Florence unless he painted the chapel - of course he agreed.
Michelangelo initially hired assistance however as he was such a perfectionist - fired them and completed the entire ceiling on his own. Contrary to popular belief - He did not lie down on scaffolding to paint... He ...
... protest downtown, which was causing some of the problems. · we managed to see the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps (are they always so covered with people you can't see the steps?), and the huge Vittorio Monument on Capiltoline Hill. · we were involved in an ugly mob of frustrated tourists twice - involving bathrooms in Vatican City, and the hop on/hop off tour bus we had tickets for. · if this is Rome, we want to leave now please. Will try again tomorrow. ...
... past it's best. So we head off across the Venetian plain towards Roma. Lots of intensive agriculture that you would expect on a flood plain, vineyards and apples seem to be the most popular crop. After an hour or so we head into the Appinine tract. Lots of rugged gorges with a road that is all Viaducts and tunnels. Half way thru here we leave the Veneto district and enter Tuscany. Beautiful country in the Tuscan Appinies. Lots of castles and monastries perched on hillsides. ...
... Angel), is a towering cylindrical building in Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy. It was initially commissioned by the Roman Emporor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum.
We got back on the bus and were dropped off at
the Victor Emmanuel 3 monument – the wedding cake building. From
here we started our walking tour. This was not the best time for the
walking tour as it was the hottest part of the day. If the Vatican
tour had gone ahead we would have done this tour in the late
afternoon. However we were stuck with this situation. First up was
the trevi fountain, I through in some coins toe ensure that I ...