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... tourist role" again. Going to a place for the first time, I don't feel bad about pulling out my camera or stopping in those touristy shops. It's interesting for me to compare the two roles. Since I've been in Rome for 2 months, I have seen the tourist attractions multiple times, but I've also seen some of the behind the scenes of Rome--the wounds, if you will. Time usually doesn't permit tourists to reach that level of immersion. Comparing the two sides teaches ...
... From Corniglia we hiked up over the hillside to the
Vernazza. The hike consisted of a steep climb up stone steps through the
trees and then back down into the fourth town. It took us about one hour and
fifteen minutes to complete. Our legs were absolutely exhausted by the time we reached the other side. The views of the ocean and surrounding vistas was awesome. In Vernazza we got some more gelato ...
... because it was designed to also be a civic center and the court. The cathedral was built on top of an old church, the Santa Reparata. In fact, until final work on the dome was started, the church remained opened- there is still a staircase leading below to the remains of the old church and the tomb of the dome's architect, Brunelleschi (1377-1446). The new construction was funded by tax payers, and the church knew that most of them wouldn't live to see its ...
... is a small old medieval town famous for the towers that were built there over the years. The wealthy families tried to out-do each other with the heights of their towers, until the Church made a law that no towers could be taller than the church tower :P At one point, there were over 72 towers in the town. There are 14 still standing now. San Gimignano is called 'Little Manhattan' because the towers look like skyscrapers from a distance. We could see the town from where ...
... sculpted it, very amazing. The rest of the museum was huge, and it was actually pretty cool, although it didn't have anything to do with what I'm studying, which is fine. After walking around the entire museum, we decided to meet up with the others, who had gone shopping and were waiting in line to go to the top of the Duomo. We didn't have to wait long, and we actually got there at a perfect time. While walking up all 463 stairs we didn't have to wait at all and we were ...
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