Italy

Semester Abroad Recap Video

Well, it took me almost a month and a half to find the time to finish this video.  It’s an extended version of the “Italy Edition” I posted a little over a month ago, and it includes all of my travels throughout Europe. I have begun printing a few of my photos.  If you are […]

May 10, 2013-RomaGazoKeys-6841

L’Ultimo Giorno

The keys to the Gazo.. tough to let go of. _____________________________  L’ultimo giorno – the last day. A day that I was in denial about for the last month or so.  A day that I had hoped would remain ‘a few weeks away.’  But, it had to happen eventually, and there was nothing I could […]

May 09, 2013-RomaPalatineStadium-6654

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill contains some of the most ancient ruins, compared to the other six hills of Rome.  The Hill is said to have been the location of the cave that Remus and Romulus had been found by the she-wolf that mothered them. The Hill was home to many of the Falvian Dynasty’s palaces (hence the […]

May 08, 2013-RomaColosseo-6568

Colosseum Arena

The Colosseum was initially constructed starting 70AD by Vespasain.  The structure is also called Flavian Amphitheater, due to the Flavian dynasty of three emperors that aided in building it. The area itself was 83 by 48 meters.  The floor was initially made of wood so gladiators and ‘wild beasts’ could be raised into the area […]

May 07, 2013-RomaCapitalLineHillEntrance-6516

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill is probably one of the most important of the seven hills of Rome.  It was initially the Citadel of the city, but has since transformed into the Capitoline Museums, surrounding Piazza del Campidoglio. _____________________________ After a rainy morning, I headed out towards the historic center to check off a few more things on […]

May 07, 2013-RomaSpanishStepsTop1-6447

Spanish Steps

The 121 steps of la Scalinata della Tinità dei Monti connect Piazza di Spagna with Piazza dei Monti.  The steps were completed in 1717.  In the beginning of the summer, the Steps are covered in rhododendrons until May 12th. _____________________________ I went on a bit of a journey today to collect my Permesso di Soggiorno, […]

May 02, 2013-VaticanTiber-6031

Tiber River

The Tiber River is the main reason why the Roman Empire was able to thrive in Rome.  The river, which is the third longest river in Italy, flows 406km into the Mediterranean Sea.  The name comes from numerous myths and legends – from Kings relieving themselves into the river to the story of Remus and […]

May 04, 2013-GiroCavSprint-6348

Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia is an annual multi-stage cycling race that takes place in Italy.  Similar to the Tour de France, the race is comprised of 21 stages that take place over 23 days, making it one of the Grand Tours.  This year’s Giro will travel around Italy in a counter clockwise fashion, going south, traveling […]

April 26, 2013-5TerreCave-5738

Cave

This was the cave leading to the small beach in the Cinque Terre town of Vernazza.  It was a natural rock formation that created a gateway between the town and the beach. For more photos of my trip to Cinque Terre, go to the following blog post: http://cameronpiper.com/cinque-terre/ _____________________________ Last (lecture) class while abroad today.  Only […]

May 02, 2013-Vatican-5966

Vaticano

Vatican City is not only the smallest city state in the world area wise (110 acres), but also population wise (at roughly 800 citizens).  It first gained it’s independence from Italy in 1929.  St. Peter’s Basilica and Square were both constructed in the 16th century. _____________________________ With the days counting down, it’s finally time to […]

April 26, 2013-PisaLeaningTowerDuomo-5543

Pisa

Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles) is the most well known section of Pisa, as well as the most visited area in the small town  on the western coast of Italy.  Construction of the eldest building (the Duomo) began in the 11th century.  The two of four structures pictured here (with the Baptistry and Camposanto […]

April 26, 2013-5TerreMonterosso-5796

Monterosso al Mare

Monterosse al Mare, the fifth and final town in Cinque Terre that I visited.  The town is right on the water, and very different than the other four towns.  The town is more of a resort town, with numerous restaurants, bars, and hotels near the town’s two beaches. The town is split in two by […]

April 26, 2013-5TerreVernazza-5729

Vernazza

Vernazza, the fourth of the five Cinque Terre towns I visited, is known for it’s small port and fisheries.  The village is home to a small Castle (seen at the top of the photo) called Doria Castle, built as a lookout against pirates in the 15th century.  There are also a few famous churches in […]

April 26, 2013-5TerreCorniglia-5664

Corniglia

Corniglia, the third of the five towns I visited, is the only one is not directly on the water.  It is perched on top of a  roughly 100m tall cliff, still overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  The village is known for it’s main church of San Pietro, along with it’s small streets and alley ways. For […]

April 26, 2013-5TerreManarola2-5623

Manarola

Manarola is the second village of five that I stopped at during my trip. The village is known for it’s picturesque setting on the coastline.  It is the oldest town of the five and also one of the smallest.  The residents have lived off the town’s fishing and wineries for the past 700 years. For […]