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An Italian Vacation
"I feel like a vacation, and where better to travel than beautiful Italy? You are invited to come along for the ride, since I have purchased two plane tickets..."
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After a rather long flight from Atlanta, we gently descend through some scattered clouds over the Ligurian Sea towards the west coast of the Italian peninsula. Approaching Rome, we arrive at Fiumicino Airport just a few minutes early. We discover that Fiumicino also goes by another name, that of a famous historic Italian...but which?
Leonardo da Vinci
We decide to immediately make our way by train to the beautiful Tuscan town of Florence, just a two and a half hour train ride from Rome. Walking towards the town center, we behold the beautiful Duomo that caps off the city's largest cathedral. What is that cathedral called?
Santa Maria del Fiore
Santa Maria Novella
Following several wonderful days of touring, we decide to set out for Siena, a nearby town that served as long-time rival to Florence. After spending some time in the Pinacoteca Nazionale we decide that we must have lunch in this beautiful town with a Renaissance feel. With our meal we share a bottle of Tuscany's most famous wine. Which of the following wines fits this description?
Next on our agenda is Bologna, just a short ride north of Florence. The city is modern but still retains its old charm, particularly within the city center where we behold Giambologna's Neptune fountain and not one, but two leaning towers! We also enjoy some Bolognese cuisine, which includes which of these meats that originated in Bologna?
A side-trip from Bologna takes us to the ancient town of Ravenna, located along the east coast of Italy. Ravenna is famed for its ancient mosaics, which can be found in the very well-preserved basilicas, baptisteries and other religious buildings. It also happens to contain the tomb of what ancient monarch?
Our happy tour of Bologna and Ravenna has come to an end, as we make our way north yet again, to Milan. Which artistic masterpiece awaits our visit to that cosmopolitan town of northern Italy?
Leonardo's 'The Last Supper'
Raphael's 'The School of Athens'
Donatello's 'St. George'
Milan was lovely, but we now wish to head east to the lovely city by the sea, Venice. Venice is a city of islands and canals, with the only means of transport being by boat. We take a vaporetto to our hotel room, which sits right along the Grand Canal. Which of these bridges could we not travel under on our way along the Grand Canal?
The Scalzi Bridge
The Accademia Bridge
The Bridge of Sighs
The Rialto Bridge
While in Venice, we decide to make the short trip to Padua to see some of its artistic wonders. The greatest of these wonders is a series of frescos to be found in the Scrovegni Chapel, near the ancient ruins of a Roman arena. Who was commissioned to paint these frescoes in the early 14th century?
Several marvelous days in beautiful Venice leave us breathless but still hungering for more of Italy. A return to Rome will mark the final leg of our tour. In Rome, we stay at a hotel not far from the Pantheon, the only fully intact building of ancient Rome. Which of these is not true of the Pantheon?
It houses Michelangelo's 'Pieta'
The 30-foot diameter oculus is its only source of natural light (providing the doors are closed!)
It is the burial place of Raphael
It was converted from a Roman temple to a Christian church
Sadly, our trip has ended and we find ourselves returning to the airport via a train running from Termini Station. Along the way to the station, a gentleman drops his coat. Having his arms full, you lean over and pick it up for him, for which he returns a grateful 'grazie!' How should you respond?
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Compiled May 24 13