Italy Trip In Review - April 2007





Sunday, April 8th. Easter Sunday

Visit Rick Steves' website for podcasts of tours of Italy. Also available via iTunes.

NY Times Italy Guide

NY Times Rome Guide

NEW National Geographic Rome Guide

Visit Italy Guides for podcasts, virtual panoramas, videos, maps, etc. for Italy, including most of the places we visted. Most material available via iTunes.

Rome according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Additional pictures of Rome.
Maps of Rome.
Google Map of Rome.

Interactive panoramic views of Rome.

Gallery of videos from Roman landmarks. Also available via iTunes.

For those who attended Easter Mass...
Vatican Link for Easter 2007.
Video from Easter 2007 on YouTube.
Bird's Eye View of the Vatican.
Street View by the entrance of St. Peter's Square

For those who took the tour of Rome...
Ancient Rome on Wikipedia.
An excellent weekly podcast and blog on the History of Rome from "Aeneas's arrival in Italy to the exile of Romulus Augustulus, the last Emperor of the Western Roman Empire."

A computer simulation of Ancient Rome. Now on Google Earth at Rome.

Circus Maximus, the horse racing stadium, on Wikipedia, with pictures. Additional Circus Maximus information.
Bird's Eye View of the Circus Maximus.
Street View in the "stands" and Street View on the track level of the Circus Maximus

Church of St Peter in Chains. Where one finds The Moses by Michelangelo, in addition to the Chains of St. Peter with more pictures.
Bird's Eye View of the Church of St Peter in Chains.
Street View
What's a
basilica?

The Roman Forum according to Wikipedia, with pictures. Roman Forum videos from You Tube.
Bird's Eye View of the Sacra Via entrance to the Forum.
Bird's Eye View of first half of the Forum.
Bird's Eye View of second half of the Forum including Rostrum, Vestal Virgin Temple and Senate
Street View, but not a great one.

Trajan's Market according to Wikipedia.
Bird's Eye View of Trajan's Market.
Street View

Trajan's Column according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Trajan's Column information.
Bird's Eye View of Trajan's Column.
Street View

Trevi Fountain according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Trevi Fountain videos on You Tube.
Bird's Eye View of Trevi Fountain - view partially obstructed.
Street View

The Pantheon according to Wikipedia with pictures. Here are two more Pantheon references: A, B. Finally, the geometry of the Pantheon.
Bird's Eye View of the Pantheon.
Stree View, but only from the side.

Both groups merged...
Piazza Novana according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Bird's Eye View of the Piazza Novana.
Street View

The Colosseum according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional references at: Colosseum.
Bird's Eye View of the Colosseum.
Street View 1 and Street View 2

The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica.
Maps of the Vatican.
Google Map of Vatican City.



Monday, April 9th.

Pictures of Tuscany.

NY Times Tuscany and Umbria Guide

Siena according to Wikipedia with pictures. Here are two more Siena references: A, B.
Maps of Siena. Interactive Map of Siena. Zoom in for details.
Bird's Eye View of Il Campo where the Palio is run.

NY Times Siena Guide

Siena videos of the Palio horserace on You Tube.

San Gimignano according to Wikipedia with pictures. Here are two more San Gimignano references: A, B.
Maps of San Gimignano. Map of San Gimignano. San Gimignano videos on You Tube.

Montecatini Terme according to Wikipedia.
Maps of Montecatini Terme.
Google Map of Montecatini Terme.



Tuesday, April 10th.

Florence according to Wikipedia with regular pictures and panoranic pictures.
Additional Florence reference.
Maps of Florence.
Google Map of Florence.

NY Times Florence Guide

NEW National Geographic Florence Guide

Sanata Maria Novella, which was covered for restoration when we were there, according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Bird's Eye View of Santa Maria Novella.
Street View

The Baptistery of St John according to Wikipedia with pictures. Here is a reference for the Gates of Paradise.

Il Duomo according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Florence reference.
Il Duomo videos from You Tube.
Bird's Eye View of the Baptistery of St John and Il Duomo.
Street View

Santa Croce according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Bird's Eye View of Santa Croce di Firenze
Street View

Montecaini Alto via funicular.



Wednesday, April 11th.

Lucca according to Wikipedia with pictures. Birthplace of Puccini.
Maps of Lucca.
Google Map of Lucca.
Bird's Eye Views of Lucca: San Michele in Foro near Puccini's birthplace and the Piazza Anfiteatro.

NY Times Lucca Guide

Tuscan lunch at Fattoria il Poggio with a chaser of Grappa, the scrapple of wine. Don't scoff. Both products' purpose is to "avoid waste."

Pisa according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Maps of Pisa.
Google Map of Pisa.

NY Times Pisa Guide

The Leaning Tower of Pisa according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Tower reference.
Tower of Pisa video from You Tube.
Bird's Eye View of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Baptistry of Pisa according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Baptistry reference.
Bird's Eye View of the Baptistry of Pisa.



Thursday, April 12th and Friday, April 13th.

Ferrara according to Wikipedia.
Maps of Ferrara.
Bird's Eye View of Castello Estense in Ferrara.

NY Times Ferrara Guide

Pictures of nothern Italy, including Venice.

View 360 degree images of Venice.

Venice according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional Venice reference.
Maps of Venice.
Google Map of Venice.
Bird's Eye View of our hotel and the bridge over the Grand Canal.

NY Times Venice Guide

NEW National Geographic Venice Guide

St. Mark's Square according to Wikipedia.
St. Mark's video from You Tube.

St. Mark's Basilica according to Wikipedia with pictures. Additional St. Mark's reference.

The Doge's Palace according to Wikipedia with pictures.

Venice video from You Tube.
Venice bell tower video from You Tube.
Bird's Eye View of St Mark's Square, Bascilica, the Doge's Palace and the Bell Tower.



Saturday, April 14th.

Verona according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Maps of Verona.
Google Map of Verona.

NY Times Verona Guide

Romoe and Juliet according to Wikipedia.
The Arena in Verona according to Wikipedia with pictures.
Verona Arena video from You Tube.



Italy Related Movies

Rome based:
Roman Holiday
La Dolce Vita
The Agony and the Ecsasty
The Pigeon that Took Rome
Rome: The HBO Series
Gladiator
Cleopatra
The Lizzie McGuire Movie

Florence/Tuscany based:
A Room with a View
Under the Tuscan Sun
My House in Umbria
Tea with Mussolini

Venice based:
Summertime
Casanova

General Italy based:
Stromboli
Cinema Paradiso
Enchanted April
Il Postino
Ben Hur
Only You
Catch-22



Hotel Detail Summary:

Hotel Jolly Leonardo
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Via dei Gracchi 324
00192 Rome
Tel: +39 06 328 481
Fax: +39 06 361 0138

Imperial Garden Hotel
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Viale Giacomo Puccini, 20
51016 Montecatini Terme
Tel: +39 0572 910862
Fax: +39 0572 910863

Hotel Belle Epoque
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Cannaregio 127/128
30123 Venice
Tel: +39 041 244 0004
Fax: +39 041 275 0159

Una Hotel Lodi
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Via Emilia
Localita San Grato
26900 Lodi
Tel: +39 0371 410461
Fax: +39 0371 410464




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