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ITALY


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Rome; Population - 60 million; Currency - Euro MORE ITALY

After Monaco it was on to Genoa in north-west Italy, with a change of trains in Ventimiglia, in April 2010.

 

euroItaly is part of the Euro zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital201Ventimiglia's old town lies across the river

 

 

ital224The Piazza de Ferrari is Genoa's central square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital222The Carlo Felice Theatre lies in the background at the Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital207Also surrounding the Piazza de Ferrari is the Palazzo della Borsa, the former stock exchange - Genoa

 

 

ital205The Piazza de Ferrari lies at the heart of Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital210Connecting Piazza de Ferrari to the port is Via San Lorenzo - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital227Along Via San Lorenzo is the 12th century San Lorenzo Cathedral - Genoa

 

 

ital211I liked the deserted sidestreets sprawling through Genoa's old town, punctuated by the odd bar and restaurant

 

 

ital212Via XX Settembre is one of the main shopping streets in Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital215Genoa is the birthplace of 15th century explorer Christopher Columbus and this building, at Piazza Dante, was one of his childhood homes - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ital221There's lots of bars and restaurants in the old town at Piazza delle Erbe - Genoa

 

 

ital220The streets of the centro storico (old town) - Genoa

 

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ital231Genoa's old port, Porto Antico.
You can see the Bigo panoramic lift rising.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital232The Porto Antico, Genoa

Porto Antico's website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital233Also in the Porto Antico is the Biosphere - Genoa

 

 

ital235The Biosphere houses a rainforest ecosystem - Genoa

 

 

 

ital240Looking down on the Porto Antico from inside the Bigo panoramic lift - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital241The Porto Antico was designed by architect Renzo Piano - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital245The Porto Antico, plus window reflection - Genoa

 

 

ital242Genoa's waterfront and hills behind, from the panoramic lift

 

 

ital248Close to the Porto Antico is this replica ship - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital249I think the (docked) ship was available for hire for functions - Genoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital252The river Arno flows through the city of Pisa

 

 

ital261The most famous sight in Pisa is the Torre Pendente, or Leaning Tower of Pisa

 

 

ital262Construction of the Tower began in 1173 - Pisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital260Even just looking at the bottom of the Tower, the lean is pretty obvious - Pisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital258The top of the Leaning Tower is about 4 metres off perpendicular - Pisa

 

 

ital255The Leaning Tower, from the steps of the cathedral - Pisa

 

 

ital265The cathedral forms the centre of the Campo dei Miracoli (aka Piazza del Duomo) - Pisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital266Souvenir stalls line the edge of the Campo dei Miracoli - Pisa

Wikipedia entry, with links to the Tower, cathedral and cemetery

Pisa's website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital270At the edge of the Campo dei Miracoli is the Camposanto cemetery - Pisa

 

 

ital271Climb the Leaning Tower's steps for sweeping views of Pisa. In the foreground is the cathedral, leading to the Battistero (Baptistery) - Pisa

 

 

ital278Looking down from the Leaning Tower - Pisa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital279The Spanish Steps are always busy with tourists - Rome

 

 

ital290The café area of the Castel Sant'Angelo, built by Hadrian (the castle, not the cafe) - Rome

 

 

ital288Birthday boy in the Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital291Looking out over Rome from the Castel Sant'Angelo.
Il Vittoriano is in the top left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital287St Peter's Basilica through a café window in Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

 

 

ital293The atmospheric Trastevere quarter of Rome, loaded with bars, restaurants and cobbled streets

 

 

ital281The Palazzo Malta is a building belonging to the Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Via dei Condotti, Rome

The Order's website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital284The flag of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
It was founded in Jerusalem around 1048 and became a society of knights who defended the Catholic faith. It then moved to Rhodes before arriving in Malta - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital285The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order has its own government, an independent magistracy, diplomatic relations with 104 countries and has Permanent Observer status at the United Nations - Rome

 

 

ital286The Order also has its own constitution, passports, stamps and mints its own coins known as the Scudo (1 Scudo = 0.24 Euro) - Rome

 

MilitaryOrderMaltanoteThree Scudi and Two Tari dated 1968, Sovereign Military Order of Malta

 

ital297I went in search of the Order's other building in Rome, on Aventine Hill, Rome. This isn't it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital302The presence of the Italian army indicated I was close. The soldier is standing outside the church found opposite the Villa Malta - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital298The Villa Malta hosts the embassy of the Order to the Holy See and also to Italy. I was wondering why so many people were fascinated with the keyhole - Rome

 

 

ital299And this is why. Well almost.. - Rome

 

 

ital304Through the keyhole of the Villa Malta. St Peter's Basilica through an arch of cypress trees - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital301The Sovereign Military Order of Malta - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital313Il Vittoriano is a colossal marble monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of a unifed Italy - Rome

 

 

ital296The Colosseum looks fantastic at night - Rome

 

 

ital307Piazza Navona is a very grand square that contains three famous fountains - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital309Christina being serenaded by a saxophonist - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital310This guy was really good - Rome

 

 

ital311The courtyard of the 15th century palazzo that hosts the National Roman Museum - Rome

 

 

ital312Piazza Campo de'Fiori is another busy square in central Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital314Out of the train station (pictured) and on to a coach to San Marino - Rimini

 

 

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LINKS

www.rome.info

www.enit.it - Italian tourist board

www.italiantourism.com - guide to Italy

www.ferroviedellostato.it - Tren Italia's website. Buy train tickets online.

www.ultimateitaly.com

 

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