The tricolor Italian flag flies above the Piazza Venezia. What a great feeling it was to know I was in Italy and the middle of Rome! Roma e' bella!

Un Viaggio in Italia!

In October 2006, I had the great pleasure of spending 2 wonderful weeks in Italy. One week in Rome and one week in the Sorrento area. I went with my two good friends, Steven and Randy. Below are some of my favorite photos from the trip. Italy is a beautiful country that is easy to fall in love with. It is so vast and eclectic. Do to its history (Italy wasn't united as a single country until the 2nd half of the 19th century) each region has its own charm and customs. I had the benefit of studying Italian for a couple semesters before my trip, so I got to attempt to use my skills, but most Italians speak English and don't have much time to bother with me trying to spit out my broken Italian.

We arrived in Rome to find out that only one of the three of us was lucky enough to have his luggage arrive as well... Despite the minor setback, we continued on touring Rome without delay. As you can see from the photos, there's plenty to see and do.

Along the Ponte Sant'Angelo, there are many angels along each side. Here is an example with the beautiful, blue Rome sky as a backdrop.
Il Colloseo inspires as you imagine the gladiator fights that went on inside over 1500 years ago.
Inside Il Colloseo, the current condition truly shows its age, but still remains an ancient treasure.
Seeing Il Colloseo amid the throngs of visiting tourists gives you a better idea of its size.
The Pantheon shines when the sun peeks through the hole in its dome.
A nice view of central Rome from one of its many hills.
Ancient ruins can be found all around Rome surrounded by the modern city.
St. Peter's Basilica is the crown jewel in St. Peter's square, Vatican City.
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