Italy 2002

Duomo in Florence Florence duomo. This is a view of the duomo (dome) of the Church of Santa Maria di la fiore (St. Mary of the Flower). An awesome church, whose large dome you can climb that was a blast.
Going up! Florence duomo stairs. This is a pic of me climbing the curving stairs up the dome.
The city of
Florence Florence view. This is a view from on top of the duomo. Note how very little vegetation grows in the city.
Bridge in Florence Florence (Firenze) This is a beautiful view from the Ufizzi Gallery window. This is one of the oldest bridges in the city were the Renaissance began. The butchers lived here at one time, now it's full of jewelry shops.
I hate snakes... These are the Catacombs of Callisto. Being inside and going down the dark damp corridor made us feel like we were in an Indiana Jones movie. This was were the early Christians were buried (similar to Jesus). This dates back very close to the time of Christ. This catacomb is one out of 60 around Rome. There are 4-5 levels, but only one was open. It was a total labyrinth.
Raargh. Colloseum. You know, blood, guts, gore, gladiators and ancient Romans. They actually had tickets similar to modern day. It assigned door and section numbers (modern day stadiums) and could seat 50,000.
Michelangelo is cool Sistine Chapel. Of course we were able to visit the Vatican and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, which was one of my life long dreams. It has been newly restored and it's just amazing.
Can you see me? St. Peter's Basilica. The largest church in the world. And in case you don't know it, they have all the measurements of the other cathedrals of the world imbedded into the marble floor.
Mmmm...tasty! Tivoli Gardens. We went to Villa d'Este in Tivoli and hung out at the cool Renaissance Villa (an old Roman Villa). We caught tad poles and frogs in the pools there. I'm on the left of my students.
Italian Garden Tivoli fountains. In Villa d'Este we walked around and saw all the beautiful fountains. Get a load of this huge one. If you can, spot the little people to get an idea of how big this thing is.
Grub! Italian Restaurant. This is just a pic of the group at an awesome restaurant up the hill from Tivoli City. We were serenaded by a typical folk band with accordion and mandolin. They had us singing along and clapping our hands.