Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thinking of Italy



Remember the 70% off sale on books? I would have gladly paid $2.00 for this book, but I certainly wasn't going to argue with the sale price of $0.60 either.

Now I want to spend my Sunday reading this and looking at the pictures. Hubby and I visited Italy a few years ago. We traveled to Civitavecchia, Rome, Florence, and Pisa. It was a wonderful trip. (I guess I have digital pictures somewhere, but I don't know where they're stored. I've gotten a new camera since then.) But, I found these for you so you can see some of the amazing sights we were fortunate to see.

Civitavecchia
Civitavecchia is a town and comune of the province of Rome in the central Italian region of Lazio. A sea port on the Tyrrhenian Sea, it is located 80 kilometers west-north-west of Rome, across the Mignone river. The harbor is formed by two piers and a breakwater, on which is a lighthouse.Civitavecchia means "ancient town".The modern city was built over a pre-existing Etruscan settlement.The harbor was constructed by the Emperor Trajan at the beginning of the 2nd century. The first occurrence of the name Centum Cellae is from a letter by Pliny the Younger (AD 107). The origin of the name is disputed: it has been suggested that it could refer to the centum ("hundred") halls of the villa of the emperor.In the high Middle Ages, Centumcellae was a Byzantine stronghold. Captured by the Saracens in 828, it was later acquired by the Papal States.The place became a free port under Pope Innocent XII in 1696. The main port of Rome in modern era, it was occupied by the French in 1849. On April 16, 1859 the Rome and Civitavecchia Rail Road was opened for service. The Papal troops opened the gates of the fortress to the Italian general Nino Bixio in 1870.Civitavecchia is today a major cruise and ferry port, the main starting point for sea connection from central Italy to Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Tunis and Barcelona. Fishing has a secondary importance.
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Hubby and I strolled along the sea where there was a bazaar set up and visited a museum to see the Etruscan ruins.
Colosseum
Florence

(I couldn't get a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa without messing up blogger.)

I wish I could adequately express how wonderful this trip was. For instance, I stared at the Leaning Tower of Pisa with tears in my eyes. It was a sight that I never thought I would see.



17 comments:

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

When I visited Italy, I adored Florence. Loved exploring all the nooks and crannys and all the tiny little cars. :)

Mary @ Redo 101 said...

An amazing trip - you must have been enthralled. Who would ever expect to see that Leaning Tower? Thanks for sharing your Italian sites with us.

Hugs,
Mary @ Redo 101

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

What a gorgeous book, and who can beat the price?! Lovely pics.

Liesl said...

I have been thinking of Italy as well! My fiancé and I are thinking of it as a destination for our bigger honeymoon trip...I'd love to go to Florence and Positano along the coast and of course see Rome one day too!

Liesl :)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Wow! Those are really neat. Our nephew is station in Italy right now, and it is so old and so beautiful.

Take care,

Kathy M.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I don't imagine any pictures could adequately capture the beauty of such places! How wonderful you were able to be there!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Enjoy the re-visit with your new book:@)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a fabulous book and so many wonderful memories that you must have from being able to make such a wonderful trip. I havn't been to Italy, but it is definitely on my bucket list. Great post and wonderful pics and information.

Also, I would like to say that you are always a gracious commenter every time you visit my blog. My post today was certainly not intended to make you or any one else feel as if they aren't doing what they should be doing. It was only meant to be a reminder that we are guests and should act accordingly. Maybe I should have kept my mouth shut and that would have been the polite thing to do. Hugs, Marty

Paula said...

I went to Italy the summer of 1992 and would love to go back one day. I saw everything you mentioned in your post except the Civitavecchia. You got a great buy on your book!

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Poppy said...

Oh how I love Italy and some day I would love to visit that beautiful country...it feels wonderful to know that you visited there. Thanks for these inspiring pictures and that book is an amazing deal indeed!I loved having you over. It was so sweet of you to leave me such a kind comment. I love blogging where I get to meet beautiful people like you who inspire me every day with their thoughts and creativity. Happy Sunday to you. Blessings~Poppy

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Jill said...

Thanks for stopping by Envirocraftiness! Good question about the finished tag - I'm not entirely sure what i'm going to do with it. My friend who made one too uses hers as a bookmark, I might use mine on a scrapbook page, or just display it as is for a while. As for who Tim Holtz is, he's a scrapbook/art supply designer who has some really amazing products. http://www.timholtz.com/

Grammy Goodwill said...

Just want my readers to know that blogger STILL messed this up. I'm sorry the pictures aren't any clearer. I don't want to edit the post because I have such issues with those pictures. Grrr.

Lindsay said...

Italy sounds nice--maybe someday! Thanks for stopping by & commenting on my scrapbook layouts!

Unpretentious Teacher said...

I definitely plan to visit Italy in my future! I bet the food was amazing, as well as the gorgeous sites!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Your trip to Italy must have been a wonderful experience. I have never been there but my Mom has and loved her time there. I'll keep Italy on my list of places to see. You got a very nice book for a great price. I like bargains like that! Have a great week!!---------Shannon

Rene' said...

What a great price for that book!!
I was suppose to go with my husband on a business trip to Italy a few years ago, but didn't feel well so I couldn't go. One day I hope to visit.

xo
PS. I loved hearing how much you enjoyed your time!!