May - June 2017
  • Day8

    Piazza di Monte Citorio

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    The Italian Parliament

    In front of the parliament building is one of many Egyptian obelisks that were shipped to Rome after conquering Egypt. This specific obelisk was taken by Roman emporer Augustus after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

    Fun fact: this is the only obelisk in Rome still capped with a pre-Christian ornament.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day8

    Piazza Colonna

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A column carved as propaganda depicting emperor Marcus Aurelius defeating barbarians at the Danube river.

    After Rome's fall, the original statue of Marcus atop the column was replaced with a statue of St. Paul who was instrumental in bringing Christianity to Rome.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves

  • Day8

    Aquaduct Ruins

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We got a glimpse of original aquaducts while exploring today (~2000 years old!)

    Quick highlights thanks to Rick Steves:

    - Romans considered good drinking water essential to health
    - Water was transferred in from up to 50 miles away via these aquaducts (all by gravity)
    - Today, Rome still gets its water from mineral springs - Some of which are naturally frizzy! (Frizzante)

    This last point was especially interesting to us since every eatery we've been to in Rome has offered water as still or frizzante.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day8

    Colonna dell'Immacolata

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The immaculate conception column

    This beautiful column was built to celebrate the Immaculate Conception dogma following its proclamation by Pope Pius IX in 1854.

    Every year on December 8th (feast day), this piazza hosts festivities in its honor.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves

  • Day8

    Scalinata di Trinita dei Monti

    June 2, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    The Spanish Steps

    Named after the Spanish embassy, this iconic location is recognizable from many cinematic classics (including Roman Holiday with Audrey!!)

    It was a common destination for British aristocrats in the 19th century. British poet John Keats actually lived next to the steps and died there from tuberculosis.

    The fountain at the foot of the steps is named "Sinking Boat fountain" and was built by Bernini. It is powered by an ancient aquaduct (as many of the fountains are in Rome) - but here the water pressure is so low that a high rising fountain would not have worked. Hence, the sinking boat design filled with water.

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves
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  • Day7

    L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

    June 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Eat. Pray. Love.

    "Please go to this pizzeria. Order the margherita pizza with double mozzarella. If you do not eat this pizza when you are in Naples, please lie to me and tell me that you did." - Elizabeth Gilbert

    Legendary.

    Price: $ (4€ per pizza!)
    Food Quality: 5 Stars
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  • Day7

    Monte Solaro

    June 1, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    589 Meters above Seal Level, Monte Solaro provides outstanding 360 degree views of Capri Island. To get here, we took a bus from Marina Grande to Anacapri (1.80 euro pp), and a chair lift up to the summit (11 euro pp). So much fun, and so worth it!

  • Day7

    SNAV high speed ferry to Capri

    June 1, 2017, Tyrrhenian Sea ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    To get to Capri from Napoli, we took a high speed ferry that I actually ended up sleeping on for most of the way. (Product of an early morning)

    Tickets were ~20€ pp, and the ride was about an hour long. For those with weak stomachs, Dramamine is recommended.