Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 3

A plaque on a building, on Via dei Barbieri, marks the spot where Pasquale Di Pietro and Tommaso Silvestri founded the first school for deaf-mutes, in Rome. Also on Via Barbieri are the headquarters of the Associazione Teatro di Roma. A nearby supermarket kept its wine department, in an underground cave! The Chiesa del Gesù,…

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Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 2 – Part 2

After we left the Vatican Museums, we decided to take advantage of the fact that we were already in the neighborhood, and visited the Basilica of Saint Peter.  In order to gain access to the basilica, one must join the long line that seems to literally wrap around the Piazza di San Pietro.  While there…

Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 2 – Part 1

Our second day in Rome was spent at the Vatican Museums.  Now, this is one of the most popular attractions in Rome, or I should say, in Vatican City, for once you step foot onto the grounds, you are no longer in the city of Rome, but in the territory of the Vatican State.  Most…

Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 1 – Part 2

The courtyards of Palazzo Mattei were specifically designed by Carlo Maderno, to hold the statues and ancient fragments that we see there today.  It is truly a magical place, and one that I think anyone visiting Rome should seek out. Directly across the street from Palazzo Mattei, on Via Michelangelo Caetani, you will find the…

Rome – A Modern Ancient City – Day 1 – Part 1

For this stay in Rome, we rented a one-bedroom apartment.  The apartment was located a block away from the Largo di Torre Argentina, in the direction of Piazza Venezia.  It was a penthouse apartment, and was accessible by a small, private elevator. One of the best features of the apartment was the terrace.  It ran…

Pisa – Fourth Time is the Charm! – Day 2 – Part 3

The Monument to Giuseppe Mazzini, by Oragio Andreoni, dates from 1883.  Mazzini was an important Italian journalist, activist, and politician, who played a crucial role in the unification of Italy.  He died while in Pisa, in 1872, at 66 years of age. Palazzo dei Cavalieri, also known as Palazzo della Carovana, sits in the piazza…

Pisa – Fourth Time is the Charm! – Day 2 – Part 2

Housed in the Ex-Church of San Paolo all’Orto is the Gipsoteca di Arte Antica dell’Università di Pisa.  While not at the top of the list of popular attractions in Pisa, I highly recommend a stop here.  The building dates back to 1086, and inside, in addition to the museum exhibits, you can still admire old…

Pisa – Fourth Time is the Charm! – Day 2 – Part 1

Aside from being a top tourist destination, Pisa is also a university town, which means that there are a lot of young people!  This is reflected in the graffiti that one sees, when exploring the streets. Set on the Lungarno, the tiny Church of Santa Maria dei Galletti, or the Madonna dei Galletti, as we…

Pisa – Fourth Time is the Charm! – Day 1 – Part 2

One of the sights that I most look forward to, whenever I visit Pisa, is La Chiesa di Santa Maria della Spina, or the Church of Santa Maria della Spina.  This jewel-box-like structure has enchanted me for years, but I’ve ever only seen it from the outside.  It was always closed, when I tried to…