Italy leaves its mark

Pope Benedict XVI  His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI blesses pilgrims during the weekly general audience at St. Peter's square at the Vatican - Vatican City - november 2007 Colloseum  The Colloseum is one of the great architectural monuments achieved by the ancient Romans - Rome - november 2007 Colloseum  The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD - Rome - November 2007 Saint Peter's Square  General view of the audience waiting for the Pope to appear in His window - Vatican City - November 2007
Saint Peter's Square  We noticed people coming as far as Ecuador, Philippines, and many more nationalities - Vatican City - November 2007 Rialto Bridge  The Rialto Bridge is the most famous of the bridges that cross the Grand Canal - Venice - August 2013 Venice  General view at the Grand Canal - Venice - August 2013 Grand Canal  Gondola in front of the famous Rialto bridge - Venice - August 2013
Grand Canal  The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance - August 2013 Hard Rock Cafe  Enjoying a drink at the Venice Hard Rock Cafe - August 2013 Bridge of Sighs  The name is an invention of Romantic literature; legend says that from this bridge one could hear the sighs of the condemned as they were being led to prison - Venice - August 2013 Rialto Bridge  The current Rialto Bridge, a stone arch, was constructed under the supervision of Antonio da Ponte, between 1588 and 1591 - Venice - August 2013
Venice  Church of St. Giorgio Maggiore - Venice - August 2013 Venice  The Church of St. Giorgio Maggiore was built on this beautiful island - Venice - Auigust 2013 Venice masks  Venetian masks makes a great souvenir - Venice - August 2013 Gondola  Venice is the capital of the Veneto region - August 2013
Grand Canal Grand Canal-9 Gondolas  Gondolas waiting for business - Venice - August 2013 St Pietro's Basilicum  Priest approaching the Saint Pietro's Basilicum - Vatican City - November 2007
Vatican City  Inside the very impressive Saint Peter's Basilicum - The Vatican - november 2007 Basilicum Saint Pietro  A mass is about to begin - Vatican City - November 2007 Vatican City  Inside the very impressive Saint Peter's Basilicum - The Vatican - november 2007 Vatican City  Inside the Saint Pietro's Basilicum - Vatican City - November 2007
Vatican City  Beautiful detail inside the Basilicum - Vatican City - November 2007 Vatican City  Inside the magnificent Basilicum St Pietro - November 2007 Colloseum  Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome - November 2007 Colloseum  The Colloseum is the number one landmark and attraction of Rome - November 2007
Colloseum  Inside the great Colloseum - Rome - November 2007 Colloseum  View to the Colloseum as seen from the Forum - Rome - November 2007 Rome  Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II - Rome - November 2007 Pantheon  The Pantheon is anohter famous construction with rich history in the city center of Rome - November 2007
The Pantheon  Originally built as a Roman temple, later functioned as a Catholic Church, the Pantheon is a remarkable building where the only natural light enters through an unglazed oculus at the center of the dome. - November 2007 Romans  Medieval individuals now dressed up for picture purposes - Rome - November 2007 Romans  The Roman legionary army - Rome - november 2007 Romans  How Julius Ceasar could have looked like - Rome - november 2007
Rome  Part of the Monumento Vittorio Emanuele - Rome - november 2007 Rome  Monumento Vittorio Emanuele - Rome - november 2007 Vatican City  Saint Pietro Basilicum - Rome - November 2007 Vatican City  San Pietro, the largest church in the world, the mother church of Catholicism, the dominant sight in the Vatican City - november 2007
Vatican City  Entrance to Vatican City - November 2007 San Ignazio di Loyola  Inside San Ignazio di Loyola with its marvellous paintings on the ceiling - Rome - November 2007 Swiss Guards  The Swiss Guards do serve a ceremonial role, but they are also a carefully trained security force - Vatican City - november 2007 Trevi Fountains  The infamous Trevi fountains in central Rome - November 2007