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... If you didn't know, you aren't allowed to take photos in there at all. They have security guards in there specifically to monitor people and stop them if they do. There was one security guard who even asked to look at the camera and asked the photos to be deleted and watched the person delete them in front of him. We did manage a good shot of the roof though. I thought the famous finger touching painting was a bit bigger than it actually was in real life but it was ...
... became apparent that the line of people we had seen snaking around the square had booked tickets for the service inside, and that the chairs and crowd were just set up in advance for the papal Mass on Sunday. A little disappointed by our futile attempt we walked back along the Tiber River and stopped for dinner in the Campo di Fiori. For a while at the Colosseum we stopped and joined the masses ...
... it. Grays and tans are the colors on the outside, with holes from iron bars. On the front, it says, "M*AGRIPPA*L*F*COS*TERTIVM*FECIT." No idea what it means. I was probably told on a tour, but they just tell you loads of fascinating facts, but you can't remember any of it. I think the year is stated.
The Pantheon is right at the edge of a piazza, with a fountain in the middle like I stated earlier and cafes and restaurants around ...
... last few hundred years. What this meant was that the statues were Roman period copies of Greek period statues which had been rebuilt (arms, heads etc. added) in the intervening two millennia!
It is difficult to describe all the art work we saw. The painted rooms were fantastic and the ceiling paintings were worth the entrance fee alone. What was interesting was that at one point the Vatican had the decorators in, with Bellini working on a few rooms in one wing ...
... me back one day...
FLORENCE - ah, Florence! What a captivating city! The only thing I remembered from my last trip here in 1976 was Michelangelo's statue of David, but I don't know how I could have forgotten the rest of this incredible city. At 1:30 a.m. our first evening there, we wandered into Signore Piazza and were struck by the dazzling brilliance of their incredible, floodlit Duomo (cathedral) with its elaborate carved marble walls and ...
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