A collection of galleries from our 2012 trip to Italy. Includes Rome, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, Tuscany and Ostia Antica
Agriturismo Monte Brusara
Located high above Ravello and the Amalfi Coast, this villa and farm is a wonderful place to stay on for your visit to the coast, and it's close enough to Pompeii and Paestum for day trips. (those links go to the referenced photo galleries)
We spent three lovely evenings here after long days of touring. Every morning we had coffee and brea
Photos from along the Amalfi Coast. Mostly the towns of Positano and Amalfi. Colonized (posibly by refugees from Paestum) around 400 CE, the Costiera Amalfitana was a coastal refuge from the barbarian pluderers of the empire. Between the fall of the Roman Empire and the late middle ages, the Amalfi Republic was a maritime power and vassel,
Photos of a variety of remnants of ancient Rome. Details of ornimentation and engineers, from the giant buildings to to delicate statuary. Scenes from the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Appian Way (Via Appia Antica), Baths of Caracala and more
Best of Italy, a.k.a. the 10% Gallery
Here is the best ten percent (OK, maybe it's twelve percent) of the 2600+ photos we kept, of the 5000 or so photos we brought back from Italy in 2012.
The main collection includes all the art photos from Contemporary Rome, Ancient Rome, Renaissance Rome, Rome After Dark, The Pantheon, The Vatican Museums, Paestum, Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast
Churches of Florence
Florence, like many Italian cities, is filled with churches. But as the cradle of the Renaissance, it was specifically for many of these churches and family chapels that magnificent works of art were commissioned of the greatest artists of all time. Therefore, in order to see many of these masterpieces it is necessary to visit at least a fe
Photos taken while walking around in Rome. Street scenes and archeology sites abound. A mix of ancient, medieval, renaissance and modern architecture with cobbled streets and flocks of scooters. Twisty back alleys lead one to new discoverys.
Doors of Italy
Our friend Jimmy (he of Sitka Stairs fame), said upon hearing that we were going to Italy "take some photos of cool old wooden doors for me!" Little did he know, he was inventing a meme for our trip.
What stated as a joke ("hey, look a that cool old door") quickly became scavenger hunt for ever more interesting doors -
From it's humble beginnings as a Roman military camp in 80 BCE it was originally named Fluentia, owing the fact that it was built between two rivers, the name was later corrupted to Florentia. Florence is famous for it's rich history of innovation, art and politics. A centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest c
Florence After Dark
Night scenes from Florence, Italy. Walking about the city after sunset.
Galileo Museum of the History of Science. A geek's dream, a fantasyland of science with a steampunk flavor. Housed in the Palazzo Castellani, an 11th century 'castle', the Museo Galileo is heir a five century-long tradition of scientific collecting, which has its origins in the central importance assigned to scientists and scientific instru
Ostia Antica, the Port of Rome
Built sometime in the 4th century BCE, Ostia was the primary port for both commercial and naval shipping for the Republic and Empire, until Portus was constructed in the 1st century CE. A complete town, with it's own forums, temples and theater, it was also full of warehouses for storing goods transitioning between land and sea transport. A
Paestum has the best preserved Greek temples in the entire world. Founded around the end of the 7th century BCE by colonists from the Greek city of Sybaris, and originally known as Poseidonia. It later became the Roman city of Paestum in 273 BCE. The city continued to prosper during the Roman imperial period, but started to go into decline
Photos the Pomeii excavations, begun in 1748. The Roman city of Pompeii is probably the most famous and most accessible archeological site in the world. Pompeii has been a popular tourist destination for over 250 years and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997. The ruins of Pompeii are located near the modern suburban town of
Ravello was founded in the 5th century as a shelter place against the barbarian invasions which marked the end of the Western Roman Empire. In the 9th century Ravello was an important town of the maritime republic of Amalfi, a producer of wool from its surrounding country that was dyed in the town and an important trading power in the Medit
Photos of renaissance and medeval Rome. This is the Rome of the popes and fuedal lords. Piazzas (town squares), churches, fountains and sculpture. The occasion obelisk (always with a cross on top, like a dog pee on a fire hydrant). Castel Saint'Angelo, originally Emporor Hadrian's tomb was turned into a medival fortress. Then, since Rome wa
Rome after dark
Photos taken while walking around in Rome at night. Night life in Rome is dynamic and busy. Everyone comes out to enjoy the darkness. Open air dining and illuminated monuments. Street musicians vie with professional concerts.
San Galgano Abbey and the hermitage of Montesiepi
The original nucleus of the monastic complex Cistercian of Saint Galgano (Galgano Guidotti 1148-1181) is the hermitage of Montesiepi, built in Roman style as mausoleum of the Saint between the 1182 and the 1185. The hermitage began too small to contain the monks and the pilgrims, so in 1218 was decided to begin the construction of a new imp
A medieval hill town that time forgot, San Gimingiano had, in its heyday, 72 towers, each built by a family for defense against their neighbors. The plagues of the 14th century killed half the population. Devastated economically, it then fell under the rule of Florence. The towers were ordered to be destroyed. Fortunately, fourteen still st
Siena was a proud, wealthy, and warlike independent city-state during the Middle Ages, until its final defeat by Florence. Siena was a very poor city for a few hundred years after its defeat, which is the main reason that its lovely Medieval buildings were never torn down and replaced with modern structures. In the 19th century, tourists st
Photos of the Pantheon, which is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. Built in 126 CE, it has been in continuous use throughout its history. This is the 3rd Pantheon on this site, the previous 2 being destroyed by fire. The facade is from the first Pantheon, and the inscription across the front of the Pantheon says: M¬∑AGRIPPA¬
The Vatican Museums
The Vatican Museums, inside the Vatican City, are among the greatest and most esoteric museums in the world, since they display works from the immense collection built up (or "obtained" as the signs say) by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the known world. This includs statuary, art and artifacts from Romans, Etruscans, Egypti