Saturday, October 30, 2010

Around Rome: the Vatican and the Roman Coliseum

In October for the Beatification of Mary MacKillop, the first Australian Saint, many Australians have come to Rome. As part of they journey I have visited with them some of the most important Roma sites, such as the Vatican: Saint Peter's and the Sistine Chapel in the morning....

Here they are preparing the Square for Sunday 17th October....there will be many people on that day in Saint Peter's Square!!!!

and the afternoon there is the visit planned to the Coliseum...
for the first time the third floor of the Coliseum has been opened to the public and I was there!!!

.....these photos were taken before we get in...

.....but once we got in we have enjoyed our visit...

 ....that's what you see from the top!!!
 and especially from the third floor...

to finish with some of my new friends!!

photo by Simona Albanese 

More about Florence

Florence is a place to visit!! If you have limited time have a walk along the Ponte Vecchio and the beautiful center of the city!!

Ponte Vecchio in black and white by Simona Albanese
Florence in black and white by Simona Albanese

Friday, October 29, 2010


Herculaneum, not Pompeii!!! Another historical site to visit in the South of Italy.

some of the old streets...

some of the frescoes decoration...

and one of the main street of the old Herculaneum

Photos by Simona Albanese 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


A place with art, story, shopping and the wonderful Limoncello!!

street with the shops...

perfect for shopping..

Photos by Simona Albanese

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bronzino in Florence

On October 19th I left Rome early in the morning to spend the day in Florence with my dad, where I have enjoyed Bronzino's exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi in the afternoon after visiting Caravaggio e i Caravaggeschi's exhibition at the Pitti Palace.

The artworks on display were appropriately chosen, the explanations were Italian and in the building the exhibition was in I believe it has its own fashion. I would go back!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Pompei on a wet day!!!

the old street done with cobblestones

...what remain of the old frescoes

Photos by Simona Albanese
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