Italy-Land of Love

June 1, 2017

THIS PAGE IS OF OUR TRAVELS IN ITALY

Italy

This Italy page includes Rome, Fiumicino, Naples & Pompeii

In Rome we include: The Colosseum, Palatino, Arch of Constantine, Basilica Santa Francesca Romana, Capotiline Hill, Circus Maximus, Piazza del Compidoglio, Temple of Hercules Victor, Temple of Portunus, Fountain of Triton, Capital Museum, The Steps of Ara Coeli Steps, The Vittoriano, Temple Apollo Sosiano, Sacred area of Sant’Omobono, Insula dell’Ara Coeli, Fountain of Tirreno, Castor & Pollux Statues, Ninfeo of Vitelleschi Palace, Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin, The Vatican, St. Peters Basilica, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Piazza Colonna, Marcus Aurelius Column, Supreme Court, Tiber River,

This page is part of our 8th Journey-to see the itinerary go to http://thedavidrushtravelshow.com/journeys/8th-journey/
To see our youtube channel go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtchsyz77lve1Ru07-AHUGA

These 7 videos are the first set on Italy. They are of Rome

We’re taking the shuttle from our hotel in Fiumicino to Rome. It’s took about 40 minutes. So I filmed the driver Flavio and our way to Rome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTLRhkPQ-B0

Shuttle to Rome


We got dropped off the shuttle and began our walking tour of Rome. You’ll see the Circus Maximus where they use to have chariot races and other forms of entertainment to keep the people busy; You’ll see some of the ruins of Palatino, it’s where grand palaces and their grounds were built for the emperors. There’s a charge to get in which wasn’t bad-it was the line you had to wait to get in-about 2 hours. You could buy a front of the line pass for $40. So we decided to skip it and I filmed the outside of what we could see; Then you’ll see up walk toward the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine that’s the entry to it. You see some gladiators that will pose with you for a price.
The wait at the Colosseum was 3-4 hours, but again you could buy a front of the line pass for $40 on top of your entry. You’ll have hawkers bug you every second trying to get you to buy a front of the line pass-be careful-cause some of them aren’t legit. We decided on not waiting 4 hours and filmed the outside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6SpzVMr9RY

Colosseum, Palatino & The Arch of Constantine


Just around the corner from the Colosseum was a basilica we happened to run into. If you’ve ever go to Rome, you’ll see something ancient just around every corner. You’ll see the skeleton of Francesca Romana who the church was named after in the crypt below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-95qxFrP30&feature=youtu.be

Basilica Santa Francesca Romana


After checking out the Basilica, we retraced our steps back to the beginning of our drop-off. Along the way, I filmed more of the Palantino; then you’ll see our first fountain-Fountain of Triton. Everywhere throughout the city, it has water fountains that you can fill up you water bottles-you’ll see this at the fountain. Then we filmed the Temples of Hercules Victor & Portunus and the outside of the Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejAScBsv_No

Temples of Hercules Victor & Portunus


In the next video, you’ll see the Capotiline Hill-you have to climb up these long steps where the Castor & Pollux statues are; when you get to the top, it’s the Piazza di Compidoglio that was designed by Michelangelo. At the Piazza is the capital museums, a statue of Marcus Aurelius and the Fountain of the Goddess. As we go back down the steps, you’ll see the Ara Coeli Steps and as we round the corner at the bottom of the steps, you’ll see some more ruins from the 2nd century-The Insula dell’Ara Coeli which has some ancient art work on the outside.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mBpKNNFzmg

Capitoline Hill & Piazza del Campidoglio


In this video, I film the IL Vittoriano. It’s a military monument dedicated to Victor Emanuel II, modern Italy’s first king. You can walk up the steps and see the monument dedicated to the “Tomb of the Unkown Soldier with it’s eternal flame. You’ll see guards constantly protecting the monument underneath the statue of the Goddess Roma.
I got quite the view of the city at the top of the steps but you can go even higher by paying to take an elevator to the top and get a 360 view

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN90B4AMh_g

IL Vittoriano


In this last video in the first set on Italy, we walk back to the shuttle drop-off point and run into a palace-Ninfeo del Vitelleschi; then we run into the Temple of Apollo Sosianus. It’s was dedicated to the God Apollo and was name after it’s final rebuilder-Gaius Sosius. And finally, just when we thought we were done on our first full day, just a half a block from our shuttle stop, we ran into some more ruins-the sacred area of Sant’Omobono.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgX_-5KCC7k

Temple of Apollo & Ninfeo del Vitelleschi Palace


These next 4 videos are of Naples & Pompeii

In this first video, we got up at 5am so we could catch a shuttle to the airport; then we had to take a train to the central train station in Rome which took 30 minutes; then we had to catch another train to Naples which took two hours and finally we had to catch another train to Pompeii which a short distance but it still took a 45 minutes because it made so many stops. So this video is of the train to Naples and a little of the train to Pompeii

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKuE3LUyXGM

Train to Naples


After 5 hours of shuttle and train rides we finally made it to Pompeii. It was a thriving city when it was buried under 13 to 20 feet of Volcanic ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. It’s 15 euros to get in and that includes a map. Check out the Basilica

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaP0v8CKin8

Pompeii


This 2nd video of Pompeii includes going into a house with a dome and little statues everywhere. Check it out

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic8gtBykdb4

Pompeii 2


It could take a whole day to see all of Pompeii, we took only 2 hours cause it would take 5 hours to get back to the hotel. Here’s the last video of Pompeii. In this one, you’ll see a room full of relics and even people statures’ frozen in time when the ash came

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkAmhTvx1ic

Pompeii 3


These next videos are of the Vatican & Trevi Fountain

This was our 2nd full day touring Rome. We found out we could take the local bus service around Rome for almost nothing instead of taking those tour buses that cost anywhere from $25 to $40. I am filming out of the bus window. It’s amazing just what you could see on the bus route. We get off the bus close to the Vatican, which we saw for the first time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGbbCDi6u-Q

Bus ride to Vatican



In this next video, we walk up close to St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll have hawkers everywhere trying to sell you a ticket to the front of the line for $40 on top of your admission fee. It’s tempting because the line was a 2 to 3 hour wait. We bypassed it and just filmed the outside. From there we walked to the Vatican Museums-it was the same-hawkers and a 2 hour wait, so I filmed the outside. Check out the huge wall all around Vatican City-it looks like a prison.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71iCleFyGBQ

Vatican



In this video, we take another city bus outside the Vatican to the Trevi Fountain. Along the way, we pass by the Supreme Court; cross the Tiber River and you’ll see the hustle and bustle of the streets of Rome

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHvgksYm7UU

Bus to Trevi Fountain



In this video, you’ll see the world famous Trevi Fountain where everybody throws coins in and the city makes a fortune off it. You’ll also see the tight alleyways full of restaurants and shops.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDwUNLLqXfM

Trevi Fountain



In this video, we walk to the Piazza Colonna where there’s the column of Marcus Aurelius. This column has amazing and detailed sculptures all the way to the top

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w83DXy6nXRA

Piazza Colonna


The next 5 videos are of Fiumicino & Rome

We did so much walking in Rome, we took a break from Rome and checked out Fiumicino. Our hotel was only a block and a half from the beach, so we filmed it. And what did we end up doing, walking our ass off again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx32IV8wbeg

Fiumicino


We headed back to Rome for our last full day. We saw the most and of course walked for miles. We started off our usual trip to Rome by hopping on the shuttle from Fiumicino. It takes about 1/2 hour to get there. We are pros by now because we got the city bus system down; so we took a bus to the Piazza del Popolo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH5fJs9tW_Q

Piazza Del Popolo


In the Piazza del Popolo, there’s twin basilicas, one was being restored, so we walked into the other one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlyu_cBnUr4

Santa Maria in Montesanto Basilica


From the Basilica, we walked to the Spanish Steps and along the way we found some high end and chic shops. It was like the Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Then you’ll see the Spanish Steps and the Column of Immaculate Conception.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAYqCZPhVhU

Spanish Steps

The last video of this set is of the Montecitorio Palace and Obelisk. But before we got there, we walked through more of the shopping district. You’ll see a street musician and a mime.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGTkTiFqdJg

Montecitorio Palace & Obelisk


These videos are the last of Rome

In this video, we walk through the Piazza della Rotundo and see another obelisk on our way to the Pantheon. There’s no admission charge for the Pantheon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmorDPXb5gc

Pantheon



In this video we walk through some tight alleyways on our way to the Piazza Navona. We run into more of the many sculptures that are everywhere. When we got to Piazza Navona, it has two fountains with many sculptures. It was my favorite Piazza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSo7G28frLk

Piazza Navona



In this video, we walk through the another Basilica. Check out the art in this one

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_exSZ0MQBkg

Basilica Sant’Andrea della Valle



In this last video of Rome, we film what was left on our walk to the shuttle stop and run into more ruins. Then we take the shuttle back to Fiumicino and I film whatever I see through the window of the shuttle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0pvBwnYCHI

Last day in Rome