04
Jul2012
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After a lovely few days in Venice, we got the train to Bologna for my cousin’s (Rob’s cousin) wedding. After arriving at our hotel, we noticed that we could understand everyone… a little to well. We were surrounded by Kiwis, and it seemed that most of us had the same problem – no iron in the room to iron our wedding clothes. We could get the hotel to iron our wedding clothes for us, but that would take a day. […]

28
Jun2012
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My family and I visited Venice in 2005 on a holiday and it was our favourite city of the trip. It was as beautiful as I remember, and I was thrilled to show it to Rob.  I was enamoured  by a city with no roads. Apparently, the city is built on millions of pinewood piles driven deep into the compressed clay-mud base which, over time, petrified in the absence of oxygen. Then, a series of horizontal planks and marble like […]

19
Jun2012
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Lonely Planet called Florence an essential stop on everyone’s Italian itinerary. We completely agree. The Renaissance architecture, statues and art is wonderful and everywhere and overwhelming. We had a fantastic few days. One of the highlights of our trip was seeing the statue of David at the Galleria dell’ Accademia. Hindsight is 20/20, but I *strongly* recommend you reserve tickets before you go here or to the Uffizi Gallery. We ended up waiting 2 hours to see David. We should’ve […]

08
Jun2012
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Because my (Rob’s) cousin Caroline was getting married in Italy, we decided that it was a great excuse to see some parts of the country that we haven’t seen before. The first on the list was Pisa. We were told that Pisa can be done in a day, and I’ll revise that to say it can be done in 3 hours. This is not to take anything away from the views of the Campo dei Miracoli, because it is quite […]

27
Oct2011
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During our Rome trip we happened to run into some invader street art. The one below was while we were waiting in line to get into the Vatican museums. There is a lot of graffiti around that is just scribble, so it was nice to see something a bit more interesting. We saw most of his art outside tourist attractions, however we did run into a few that weren’t. I think some of the natives thought we were a bit […]

25
Oct2011
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The Vatican Museums are housed in the apartments and palaces of previous Pope’s, all now museums and galleries with hundreds of works that have been accumulated by the Roman Catholic Church over the centuries. Sounds like something to see, definitely! Bonus is, the museum is free on the last Sunday of the month. It did mean there was a mega queue (45 minutes at 9am) but at least we saved 15 euros each! The Vatican Museums are massive, you could spend […]

24
Oct2011
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And then comes the most famous church in Rome – St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. We made 2 attempts to visit this fantastic church before finally getting in. The first time, we didn’t have the correct dress code (knees and shoulders must be covered!), but still took a great panoramic below. St Peter’s Square was another location used in the Angels and Demons film. The square was full of people waiting for the announcement of the new Pope. However, it was […]

20
Oct2011
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Rome is a city of churches. The Lonely Planet city guide alone lists 38 ‘must-see’ churches and basilicas. We weren’t going to that many churches, not by a long shot. So we went to 5, including St Peter’s Basilica (see next post), during our week in Rome. And 2 of them we weren’t going to see for the churches, but what was underneath them. But first, Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterno – Rome’s oldest basilica which was founded by […]

18
Oct2011
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We heard about the Palazzo Massimo from the Revealed Rome blog and it looked pretty stunning. And then we found out that a bunch of Roman museums are open and free on the last Tuesday of the month. It seemed like a great way to see an amazing museum for free. The museum is quite large, but the weird thing about going on a Tuesday night? We were sharing the museum with 6 other people, tops. How great is that! […]

13
Oct2011
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The Colosseum was such an impressive site, but it’s only 1 part of a larger array of roman ruins. There are 2 additional sites which are both included in your Colosseum ticket. The first is the Roman Forum, which was the heart of the Ancient Rome. The ruins are mostly fallen, just rubble, like below. The 3 columns on the right are the remnants of the Temple of Castor and Pollux. Some of the ruins are so magnificent though. This […]

12
Oct2011
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While we were in Rome we ‘had’ to go see the Colosseum. And it didn’t disappoint. The Colosseum was started in 70AD and finished in 80AD. To celebrate its opening there was a 100 day festival where 5000 animals were slaughtered in gladiatorial battles. Joy. While we were at the Colosseum we went on a tour (which I recommend) where we got to see under where the stage would’ve been, and also up to the very top story. The underground was […]

10
Oct2011
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Rome – what an amazing city. I had previously been to Rome in 2005 for a few days with my family and loved the sights and sounds of the city. So, Rob and I booked an apartment for a week and packed a summer wardrobe – it was going to be 30 degrees everyday. Awesome. We did a lot of walking all over the city, and saw so many beautiful and surprising sights. On the way to the Sistine Chapel, […]