Cubanmiamiboy in Italy
Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:46 PM
Posted 13 June 2014 - 10:32 PM
Just keep your eyes open, and you'll have an amazing time!
Posted 13 June 2014 - 11:20 PM
Get some rest, and then have a blast! I will be eating vicariously through you and your Mom!
Posted 14 June 2014 - 02:17 AM
Absolute artistic musts.
The Michelangelo's, especially the David, at the Academia.
The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli at the Uffizi.
This time of year you can get into both these museums much faster if you reserve in advance. You hotel receptionist should be able to easily do this and I don't think that it costs extra. The David, for a man, and the Birth of Venus, for a woman, could be the most beautiful representations in the world.
The Sistine Chapel especially it's ceiling by Michelangelo.
Michelangelo's Pieta in Saint Peter's Basilica along with the entire architectural complex.
View Michelangelo's statues like a sort of dance. Walk around them very slowly in both directions. They can change in feeling and meaning with each new step.
The magnificent residences along the Grand Canal. I spent one entire afternoon just riding the boat up and down the Canal looking at them.
Have a great trip !
Posted 14 June 2014 - 09:13 AM
Posted 14 June 2014 - 10:58 AM
Fantastic! My vacation this year also was was Italy...Hope you and your mom are having a wonderful time.
Posted 14 June 2014 - 11:01 AM
Ah, I hope you have a lovely, relaxing and invigorating time. I imagine the weather is gorgeous now, right? (even here in Germany we have been havng a taste of summer)
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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:40 PM
Hello everybody! I'm back, exhausted and working already. Italy was all I imagined to be and so much more. Me and my mother had a great time. We ended up going to Roma, Firenze, Venezia, La Toscana, Pisa and Pompei. We used to set foot on the streets early in the morning and sometimes it was 11 pm and we were still out after many hours of churches and museums visits. In Roma we visited the Capitoline Museums, Villa Borghese. the Vatican Museum, The Da Vinci Museum, Villa Doria Pamphilli and countless churches, including the monumentals Basilica di San Pietro and the Arcibasilica Papale di San Giovanni in Laterano. In Firenze we went to Galleria dell'Accademia, Galleria Uffizi and Palazzo Vecchio, and in Venezia to the Palazzo Ducale. To La Toscana and Pisa I was invited by a neighborhood friend from my childhood days, who was wonderful to us. I was completely overwhelmed by all the richness and opulence of the sacred places, and at one point I felt sort of over saturated with all that amount of beauty. In Venezia we went to La Fenice for the opera. It was Stravisnky's "The Rake's Progress", in a VERY daring production that portrayed a full orgy scene with all the sexual combinations imagined, inflatable flying animals and a bearded woman-(Baba La Turca). It was amazing to just step into churches and watch Tintorettos, Verocchios and Bronzinos right on the walls, without paying fees or making long lines to see them. We really had a great time.
Posted 04 July 2014 - 02:16 AM
Oh, that sounds amazing, cubanmiamiboy! I am so happy for you that yuo got to see and do all those things.
About the opera: that sounds like the sort of things which are often done in Europe, as the theatres are usually quite well-subsidised and they feel that it is their job to "educate" and not to "entertain".
(I have mixed-feelings about the education vs entertainment thoughts, as I think they should overlap... but - oh, well)
When you mentioned that you did not have to pay to enter the museums nor stand in long lines: is that always the case there? That would be marvleous!
Posted 04 July 2014 - 04:20 AM
I think he meant he saw the art for free in the churches, but that isn't the case everywhere in Italy as I certainly paid to see the church mosaics in Ravenna earlier this year.
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