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Old April 14th, 2013, 04:30 PM   #1
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acc521 In Italy

Castello di Gabbiano, Chianti, Central Tuscany.

A truly beautiful part of the world, and brilliant wine to match! Stayed here for one day before heading across to Florence, which I'll put online soon

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Old April 25th, 2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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Street art and small details in Florence, Italy. Such a beautiful city.









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Old April 25th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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nice thread, more photos please.
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Indeed very nice photos from these places in Italy
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Old April 27th, 2013, 02:30 AM   #6
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Thanks. It's such a beautiful part of the world. Great weather, food, wine, people. Perfect
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this thread looks promising....will check soon.
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Old May 6th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #9
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http://thecitylane.com/florence-cath...zza-del-duomo/

The Florence Duomo (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), Giotto's Campanile & the Baptistry of St John are part of the Cathedral Complex of Piazza del Duomo.







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First time browsing through your wonderful collection, and to me, Florence is such a magnificent city, with the Duomo being one of the places I would love to visit and spend my time, not just because I'm a Catholic, but I also love the architectural details that embody the basilica's exterior. Not only I love the belfry's design, but also the massive dome itself that embodies the Catholic faith, in which a lot of the larger churches around Europe and the Americas have. And by the way, I find the hints of graffiti (especially a drawing of a man carrying the white bar on a No Entry sign) pretty interesting: those make me want to draw interpretations of what such drawings mean... and yes, those motorcycles parked nicely make me want to ride one when I tour around Florence because I love going around town by ways other than driving!

Lovely photos, my friend! Keep them coming!
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Thanks for the kind words fieldsofdreams! One more Florence update, and then it's on to Rome, one of my favourite cities
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great, your blog looks interesting!
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Thanks for the kind words fieldsofdreams! One more Florence update, and then it's on to Rome, one of my favourite cities
So how long were you traveling around Italy, and what was the most fascinating things you've seen as you went through both the cities and the countryside? Also, what part/s of Italy remind you of Australia, and would you travel there again in the future?
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This time around I was in Italy for 2 weeks. I spent 3 weeks there a few years prior. I'd love to visit in the future. I've only been as far south as Rome so there's so much more of the country that I need to visit.

I think Italy is great. I could easily visit the same places again and again. I don't know if I'd say that parts of Italy reminded me of Australia as such, but rather the people and the culture did. There are a lot of Italians in Australia - new immigrants, first, second, third generation and Italian culture is quite prevalent in the country, much the same as it is in the United States. This meant that even though it was a new country for me, I recognised a lot of cultural elements. In Melbourne I actually live in an area that historically was where all of the Italian immigrants settled.

The most fascinating thing - lack of inside voice haha. I swear it seems that everyone is shouting all of the time

Probably another thing that fascinated me was all of the Egyptian artefacts in Rome. I had no idea that there was that much, kind of always assumed that it was just the ancient Roman stuff.

Also, this is not strictly a tourist thing but the Carrefour Planet had just opened up outside of Milan when I was over there and I checked it out. Such a huge supermarket with every Italian food product imaginable. I'm really into my food and actually bought a few big bags of interesting groceries to take back home with me!
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This time around I was in Italy for 2 weeks. I spent 3 weeks there a few years prior. I'd love to visit in the future. I've only been as far south as Rome so there's so much more of the country that I need to visit.

I think Italy is great. I could easily visit the same places again and again. I don't know if I'd say that parts of Italy reminded me of Australia as such, but rather the people and the culture did. There are a lot of Italians in Australia - new immigrants, first, second, third generation and Italian culture is quite prevalent in the country, much the same as it is in the United States. This meant that even though it was a new country for me, I recognised a lot of cultural elements. In Melbourne I actually live in an area that historically was where all of the Italian immigrants settled.

The most fascinating thing - lack of inside voice haha. I swear it seems that everyone is shouting all of the time

Probably another thing that fascinated me was all of the Egyptian artefacts in Rome. I had no idea that there was that much, kind of always assumed that it was just the ancient Roman stuff.

Also, this is not strictly a tourist thing but the Carrefour Planet had just opened up outside of Milan when I was over there and I checked it out. Such a huge supermarket with every Italian food product imaginable. I'm really into my food and actually bought a few big bags of interesting groceries to take back home with me!
Qantas has fair prices for luggages overweight isn'it?

I'm glad you liked, i would like to visit the land down under to check your statement.
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I was living in London at the time so all trains :-)

And yep you should definitely visit here sometime. Lots to see and do :-)
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This time around I was in Italy for 2 weeks. I spent 3 weeks there a few years prior. I'd love to visit in the future. I've only been as far south as Rome so there's so much more of the country that I need to visit.

I think Italy is great. I could easily visit the same places again and again. I don't know if I'd say that parts of Italy reminded me of Australia as such, but rather the people and the culture did. There are a lot of Italians in Australia - new immigrants, first, second, third generation and Italian culture is quite prevalent in the country, much the same as it is in the United States. This meant that even though it was a new country for me, I recognised a lot of cultural elements. In Melbourne I actually live in an area that historically was where all of the Italian immigrants settled.

The most fascinating thing - lack of inside voice haha. I swear it seems that everyone is shouting all of the time

Probably another thing that fascinated me was all of the Egyptian artefacts in Rome. I had no idea that there was that much, kind of always assumed that it was just the ancient Roman stuff.

Also, this is not strictly a tourist thing but the Carrefour Planet had just opened up outside of Milan when I was over there and I checked it out. Such a huge supermarket with every Italian food product imaginable. I'm really into my food and actually bought a few big bags of interesting groceries to take back home with me!
Hahaha interesting. Lack of inside voice... yes, Italians love to speak out loudly and have a lot of parties for their families and friends, including their distant relatives. As for the Egyptian artifacts, perhaps those were from the Roman Empire since it covered a lot of Europe plus northern Africa and parts of the Middle East. And yes, Carrefour is indeed a large supermarket chain like Coles in Australia or Walmart in the United States, and it's great that you brought back a lot of food... the thing, though, is hopefully all those were cooked or prepackaged, not fresh ones, to prevent spread of diseases.

Also, ever looked into exploring Naples, San Marino, Sardinia, and Sicily by any chance? Plus, on your latest visit, have you gotten close to, or into Vatican City? And I'm impressed that you took trains going between London and Italy, not only saving you money from tolls (as well as rental cars), but also the environment.
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Oh yes I've been to Vatican City. Actually literally walked around the whole thing in the rain looking for the entrance. Should have gone the other way ;-)
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Last part of Florence. Focusing on the historical side of things. Next stop, Lake Como!

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