Monday, April 2, 2012

Last Days In Italy (a little late though...)

Sorry this is late, but better late than never :)

We drove to Rome/Tivoli after the Amalfi Coast. Our place in Tivoli was beautiful and looked medieval. The woodwork was gorgeous and the roof had an awesome view of the city.

The apartment was within walking distance to Villa d'Este which is a palace and gardens of the medieval Borgias family. It was absolutely gorgeous. The idea was that it was supposed to be like nature, so there were big, spectacular fountains. One depicted the personified Mother Nature and it was fascinating to see how the artist viewed her.

Roma, or Rome, was also very cool, but also very crowded an urban. I loved seeing the Colosseo/Coloseum because of how old it is and the extraordinary history that it has. Unfortunately, the line was very long and a tour was very expensive, so we didn't get to see the inside. Though, I'm still awed that I touched something with 2,000 years of history.

We saw the Spanish steps from afar, the Fountain de Trevi, and the Vatican from the outside. The architecture was stunning. All the sculptures and details amaze me still. Again, lines, crowds and prices detoure us from seeing the insides.

We went to a street with all the expencive stores and were told not to take pictures. There were guys guarding the doors who obviously didn't want us to go in. It was fun! :). But, I don't understand how you could pay those prices, rich or not. That's just my opinion though.

Also in Roma, we came upon a breathtaking chruch. The inside jad these beautifully painted ceilings and archways. An organ was playing and the whole thing was just unbelievably wonderful. The interior was so ornate and just plain amazing

Roma was nice, but possibly a little too metropolitan. It was kind of like somebody took these beautiful things and stuck them in the middle of streets, cars, and houses. It didn't have an overall "wow" feel like Venice did. It was just the certain places. Although, there were pretty houses alnog the streets and it was a great experience either way.

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