Category: Italy

Dearest Readers,


It’s been so much fun sharing my pics of my vacation to Italy with you!  :)

Step into Rome!

 Ancient Rome (beside the Colosseum)
The Colosseum 
The lines to buy a ticket was over ONE HOUR long. In the heat.  But it is worth it.  Completed in 80 AD, this place is as popular today as it was in ancient times!
Look at this wonder of wonders!
Inside the Colosseum

Above is the underground (beneath the stage) where the gladiators and animals were kept for the fights.

Below–the VIP section of the Colosseum. The Senators’ names are still carved into the stone to indicate their seats.
 

 The Famous Trevi Fountain (Below)

Italians say:
Toss 1 coin in the fountain: if  you want to return;
Toss 2 coins in the fountain: if you want to find true love;
Toss 3 coins in the fountain: if you want to get rid of your love.  
I wonder if men hang around looking for women who toss in 2 coins. ;)  Or maybe three?  Ha.

Below is another of the many fountains found in Rome.

Speaking of fountains in Rome, the water in the fountains isn’t recycled water.  It’s fresh clean water you can drink!  Many people refill water bottles and drink from the water fountains.  Given the number of fountains in the city, clearly, they’re not too concerned about water conservation.  

National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (also known as the “Wedding Cake”).  

The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Vatican Museum 
Technically the Vatican is an independent state and though found in Rome, it isn’t part of it.
Below are a few treasures from this incredible museum.  You need several days to take in all the wonders within its walls.
First, the ceilings in the Museum.  
They were nothing short of breathtaking. No photo can do them justice.

Some of the art in the Vatican Museum.

Before books!  This was what you wrote on. (Below)

Representative of Cleopatra. (Below)

Statue of Fertility.  (Below)
That’s bull’s testicles all over her.  :)

That’s it for now!  I’ll be showing the final photos (from my trip out to Pompeii) next week.  Stay tuned for the details. :)
 
Next Tuesday Mr. D will be back with another Romance Husband interview—WITH GIVEAWAY!  You don’t want to miss out on the fun! Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 1st!
Giveaway: Another beautiful glass necklace purchased in Venice, Italy!  Open WORLDWIDE.

Question: Got any favorite movies filmed in Italy?   Or in another country other than the US? 
I personally love an older film shot mostly in Italy with sexy Robert Downey Jr. and Melissa Tomei –ONLY YOU. Such a cute romantic comedy!


RULES:
RULES for the Glass Necklace from Venice:



To win you must:


1. Answer the question or leave a meaningful comment.


2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).


3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Contest for the Glass Necklace from Venice ends Saturday Oct. 29th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Oct. 30th, 2011.

See you next Tuesday for another RH interview!


Hugs,
Lila

Dearest Readers,


Today, I’m sharing photos of our visit to the beautiful city of Florence—-and giving away another lovely glass necklace I purchased in Venice, Italy!

Note: CLICK ON IMAGES TO INCREASE THEIR SIZE.

STEP INTO FLORENCE, ITALY!

There are two things you find a lot of in Florence.  Leather. And the statue of David.  Well, one particular part of David, actually.


His penis.  Seriously.


Aside from the fact that they’ve been trying to slap a fig leaf on that particular part of his anatomy for hundreds of years, I don’t think there’s been anyone’s genitals more debated or photographed on this planet than that of Michelangelo’s David. Heh. 

This is the second most popular postcard in Florence.  The first is a close up of his …you guessed it.  His privates.  And he’s uncircumcised.  Just sayin.  I don’t think Michelangelo ever imagined that David’s penis would become more popular than the rest of the statue.


Replicas of David are all over the city.

The magnificent city of Florence (taken at the top of the Duomo).  Isn’t it beautiful?

The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore 
(originally called “The Duomo”). The construction on this cathedral was first began in 1296

It is an engineering masterpiece.

It’s facade is made of white, pink and green marble.  


INSIDE THE DUOMO:

Want to climb to the top of the dome to get a close look at the stunning murals?  It’s 463 steps.  No elevator.

Mr. D and I escaped to the outskirts of Florence for lunch.  This is the view from the restaurant, Aurora.  Fantastic food!  Mr. D tried wild boar.  It’s very popular in Florence.  I passed.  LOL



Pet the wild boar’s nose and put a coin in his mouth for good luck.  The crowds are crazy in front of this statue.  I don’t think Florence is a lucky place for boars, given that it’s on the menu in just about every restaurant in the city.  :)


You can’t go to Florence without visiting the Galleria degli Uffizi, Italy’s most crowded museum.  :)  Its collection of Renaissance art is incredible.


We weren’t allowed to photograph the art.  But we did stop at the museum’s patio restaurant located at the top.  

A pic of me trying to decide what to eat.


Our lunch!  Yeah, we ate.  A lot.  The food is sooo good in Italy! 


An antique carousel in Florence.


 Mr. D and I stumbled upon a little restaurant called, Il Profeto. (The Prophet).  It’s a family run restaurant with the best food I ever tasted.  The owners, husband and wife, were so much fun.  Mr. D ordered the pasta and lobster.


I ordered pasta with mushrooms and ham.  It was to die for!  The restaurant owner told me that John Travolta had eaten at his restaurant on a few occasions and that the dish I chose was Mr. Travolta’s favorite.

I didn’t believe him.  So he brought me out not only my food, but a pic of John Travolta he’d taken the last time he’d dined at his restaurant.  LOL



I hope you enjoyed our Florence photos!  
Question:  Tell me, what’s your favorite food or restaurant?  It doesn’t have to be restaurant food at all!  Maybe it’s a recipe your grandmother makes.  Share your favorite food and a random commenter will win their choice of one of the glass necklaces I purchased in Venice, Italy.  GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE.
Be sure to return next Tuesday Oct. 25th for another chance at a Italian glass necklace….and to see my photos of Rome!

Oh, one more thing! I’m giving away TWO copies of A MIDNIGHT DANCE — HERE. The contest on Romancing the Book runs through until Oct. 29th. :)

RULES for the Glass Necklace from Venice:

To win you must:


1. Answer the question or leave a meaningful comment.


2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).


3. Must be at least 18 years of age.


Contest for the Glass Necklace from Venice ends Saturday Oct. 22th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Oct. 23th, 2011.



See you all next Tuesday!  *muah*