Hotel King Marte
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... so crowded the driver did not take any fares!He had more English than we had Italian, but we did learn that Italy had a referendum and will not have nuclear power!
The mosaics in the churches in Ravenna are certainly magnificent! The photos should speak for themselves.
I must say the marble inlays, colours and patterns in the floors are really wonderful. It is easy to forget to admire what ...
... at them and taking pictures of them. Sydney and I were freaking out and kept making references to Taken. If I had never seen Taken, I wouldn't have been so scared, but that's all I could think about! So, in my state of mind I decided to snap some pictures and post them on my blog so that if they really were kidnappers I would have their pictures already posted online. So. Friends. In the unlikely event that I go missing, ...
... o). A two hour drive from here over windy mountain roads San Marino is perched high on a spectacular mountain/cliff face overlooking the Italian coastal city of Rimini. The main features of the place seem to be ancient fortifications and weaponry. There is a weapons museum in one of the old towers and among the souvenirs, restaurants and handbag sellers in the town we spotted one or two gun ...
Another lovely sunny day! We set out to see the remaining 3 places with early mosaics but were distracted on the way by a market in a piazza. Our first stop was the Arian Baptistry - very similar to the Neonian Baptistry we went to yesterday but built by the heretic Arian sect a few years later. Whilst the skill of the mosaics was fine, the figures were a little crude and simple in comparison. Next was the church ...
Fortified by a yummy breakfast we set out to visit 5 places with outstanding mosaics - all dating from the 4th to 6th centuries AD. They are mostly UNESCO World Heritage sites and it is incredible that they have survived. The first was the Basilica di San Vitale which was built 15 years before Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and was a model for it. It really set the standard for all the mosaics we saw today - spectacular in the Byzantine style of stylised figures and symbolic motifs. Next ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility