Thursday, August 28, 2008

Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia is named after the famous Palazzo Venezia. This large and sunny square is the hub of the city. It is close to many important tourist attractions like the Roman Forum and Capitol Hill. This is perhaps the only piazza, which is relatively square in shape.

Palazzo Venezia was built by cardinal Pietro Barbo who later became Pope Paul I in 1455. It is built around the church of San Marco and was used as a papal residence by many popes. Benito Mussolini spoke to the crowds from the first floor of Palazzo Venezia. When the Vittorio Emmanuelle monument was built the Palazzo was moved and the Assicurazioni Generali di Venezia palace was built.

On the southern side of the piazza one can find a truly monumental structure, which almost dominates the entire piazza. It is an impressive and beautiful complex built between1885 and 1905 to celebrate the unification of Italy. It is officially known as the Altar of the Fatherland. Many ancient and medieval structures were razed to build this monument. An impressive staircase rises to the top of the Altar of the Fatherland. A statue of the goddess Roma adorns the center. Two lateral staircases lead to the 12 metre high statue of King Vittorio Emmanuelle II. In the last century piazza Venezia was considered as a worthy place for the monument of king Vittorio Emmanuelle II.

This is one of the few structures in Italy, which arouses an ambivalent attitude in its citizens, and almost everyone has his or her own individual opinion on it. In 1921 the tomb of the Unknown Soldier was incorporated into the monument.

Towards the left behind the monument one can find the Risorgimento Museum. This is a museum, which is dedicated to the cause of the nationalist movement. This brought on the resurgence of the Italian movement, which lead to the unification of Italy in 1861by the coming together of many little states under the House of Savoy Via Corso meets piazza Venezia it its northern end. Palazzo Bonaparte lies on the western corner of the piazza and the Corso. This is where Napoleon’s mother lived after the fall of the French empire.

This piazza is one of the busiest and most happening areas since it is in the bus route of almost all the buses which run through the city so it is a frequently visited square in Italy which takes pride in both its modernity and antiquity.


Here are some photos of Piazza Venezia...





Monday, August 25, 2008

Piazza di Spagna

This is the piazza at the foot of the Spanish Steps, "Scalla di Spagna", also known as the "Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti". Design of the steps finished by Francesco de Sanctis after generations of controversy. The church at the top of the Steps is the Trinita dei Monti, founded by the French in 1495.

"The Spanish Stairs were built to unite Via del Babuino (the easternmost of the three main arteries radiating into the city from the Piazza del Popolo) with Via Felice, the first great street planned by Sixtus V (1585). Their junction is crossed at an approximately right angle by Via Condotti, which defines the direction toward St. Peter's and the Vatican. Several projects were made between 1717 and 1720, also by Alessandro Specchi, whose ideas were later assimilated by the chosen architect of the Stairs, Francesco de Sanctis. The very rich and varied solution ultimately employed by De Sanctis (1723-26) is based on a simple doubling in depth of the central theme from the Ripetta: a protruding volume flanked by convex stairs and a straight flight in front. The upper unit presents the theme in its basic form; the lower constitutes an articulate and lively variation."


Here are some pictures of the piazza...


Brillante Award



I received this award from Lisa. I am honored to receive this award and I really appreciate you for selecting me as one of the recipients. I feel so humbled. Honestly speaking, I don't consider myself a terrific blogger but I just do the best way I can in my own simple way.

1.Put the logo on your blog.
2.Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3.Nominate at least seven other blogs
4.Add links to those blogs on your blog
5.Leave a message for your nominee on their blog

I want to tag the following blog friends because of their great looking blogs! Anne, Cecile, Filipina

Friday, August 22, 2008

Greetings Around The World

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Memes are a great way to link everyone together. In Cyberspace, many people use English as the Universal Language and say Hi, Hello and more. Have you tried learning other languages of the same meaning?

Let's get to know each other by placing a welcome/hello greeting in your language and spread it over all bloggers in cyberspace.

Rules:
1. Copy the text from Start Copy Here
2. Post it in your blog. Make sure you copy it in compose mode (blogger) or visual mode for the others. This will enable you to copy all your friend's link as well. Have fun doing it.
3. In the next number, add your blog url and link it
4. Add the greetings that you use frequently or one that is in your traditional language.



Konichiwa Meme by AikoAiko
1. All About Kawaii says Konichiwa
2. MommyAllehs Up-Close And Personal says Mabuhay! Hello! Hi!
3. Insights from the Grocery Cart says Mabuhay! Haler! Kamusta? >PHILIPPINES<
4.Ed's Mommy Life says Mabuhay! Kumusta! Hi! Hellow po! Haler! >PHILIPPINES<
5.Sheng's Simple Thoughts . . . says Sveiki(Hello!) Labdien(Good day!) >LATVIA<
6.Richelle's My Life's Journey in Italy...says Ciao!(Hello!) Buona Giornata! (Have a Good day!)

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Now tagging Cecile, Cee, Filipina, Roxy,and Lisa

Thanks Sheng for the tag...

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Blogging Friends Forever Card

This special Blogging Friends Forever Card was given to me by Filipina...Thank you so much for giving me this card...I truly appreciate it...


Here are the rules:

1. Only 5 people are allowed to receive this award.

2. 4 of them followers of your blog.

3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.

4. You must link back to who ever gave you the award.

Now, I am giving it to :


1. Anne Bianca
2. Anneberly
3. Honeybrownie
4. Sheng

WINNING FRIENDS AWARD

I got this award from Jhelea. Thank you so much for this... I really appreciate it...

"A hug is worth a thousand words, a friend is worth more." It is indeed true. Wherever we are, we need friends whose always there for us.




We need friends for many reasons,all throughout the season.

We need friends to comfort us when we are sad,

and to have fun with us when we are glad.

We need friends to give us good advice,

We need someone we can count on,and treat us nice.

We need friends to remember us one we have passed sharing memories that will always last.

Spread the poem of friendship.1. Everyday Life 2. Words of Love 3. Sheng's Simple Thoughts 4. My Life's Rollercoaster Ride 5. Madz Life's Diary 6. Madz Wedding in Mauritius 7. Youthful Voices 8. Follow your sense you adventure 9. My Little Home 10. Complex Life 11. My Life's Journey in Italy 12. YOU

I will pass this award to my fellow bloggers who have touched my life in one way or another. I hope you will going to spread this poem of friendship:
Ate Helen,Ate Marly,Mng. Lisa,Roneil,Madelyn,Hannah and Faye.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Fontana di Trevi

So after St. Peter's Basilica,I went to Fontana di Trevi (dito hinanap noon ni Piolo si Jennifer sa pelikulang MILAN)...

The Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is the largest — standing 25.9 meters (85 feet) high and 19.8 meters (65 feet) wide — and most ambitious of the Baroque fountains of Rome. It is located in the rione of Trevi.

A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.

Approximately 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day and are collected at night. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain, including some using a magnetized pole.

Here are some pictures that I took at the Trevi Fountain.







I grabbed these two photos in the internet because it's hard for me to take the complete photo of the fountain.:-)

Fontana di Trevi by day.


Fontana di Trevi by night...

TechnoChristmas 2008

This tag came from Anne Bianca's My Little Home...thank u so much...


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You do not have to be tagged to play along. This game is simple and so here are the rules.

1. Copy from "START COPY HERE" to "STOP COPY HERE".
2. Add your site(s) to the list. Just be sure to post the "Techno Christmas 2008" at each site you add.
3. You have a choice to tag or not to tag, however, the more tags you create the longer the list will grow.
4. Let me know your blog’s name and url by leaving a comment HERE, so I can add you to the master list.
5. Come back and copy the master list back to your site, often as you can. This will allow the new comers to achieve equal benefit as the late comers do.
6. Watch your Authority Rise
7. You may want to grab the Techno Christmas Badge
A Message From My Heart


Please follow the rules. Blogs in the list will be subject to removal if their lists are not updated. I will check all of the blogs once a week.

Masterlist:1. Aeirin Collections 2. Biz-N-Honey 3. Life In Pictures 4. Pinay Mommy Online 5. Blessings and Beyond 6. Mommy Earns Money 7. OnlineBiz and Resources 8. Lourdes' Mia 9. Digital Life Scraps 10. Pexlinks Triple Love 10. Pinay Mommies Community 12. Deranged Insanity 13. Traipsey Turvey 14. PierrEzarh 15. Dancing in Midlife Tune 16. Life is What we Make it 17. Picture Clusters 18. My Wanderings 19. Maiylah’s Snippets 20. Moments of Colours 21. MBA On Line 22. Wonderful Things In Life 23. The Fountain Of Happiness 24. A message From My Heart 25. My Life's Adventure 26. Photographic Memories 27. Love Is... 28. The Joy Of Life Forever 29. My Little Home 30. My Life's Journey in Italy 31. YOUR Blog next...

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Now I will pass this to the following bloggers and please keep this going.....
Alex- Retarded's Notebook
Helen's Nipa Hut
Jane's Challenges of Life
Marly's Kuting Place
Shopaholic Babe
Living A'La Mode
Small and Simple Things
Array of Hopes
My Fashionlink.com
My Inner Thoughts
Jadyn's A little Bit of heaven
Pinay Wahm
Unique Ideas For your Beach Wedding
Morning Dew and Roses
Simple Life,Simple Me
Pinay in States
Reflections by Mariz
SalingPusa
Simplymama's My Small Hide Out
Sincerityboy
The Chronicles of Travel
My Online Journal

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Beauty Inside St. Peter's Basilica

Here are some pictures that I took inside St. Peter's Basilica.


* This photo is taken infront of the altar.






* This one can be seen at the right side of the basilica.It's the Pietà of Michaelangelo.


The Pietà (1499) by Michelangelo is a marble sculpture in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, the first of a number of works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French cardinal Jean de Billheres, who was a representative in Rome. The statue was made for the cardinal's funeral monument, but was moved to its current location, the first chapel on the right as one enters the basilica, in the 18th century.

This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. The theme is of Northern origin, popular by that time in France but not yet in Italy. Michelangelo's interpretation of the Pietà is unique to the precedents. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism. The statue is one of the most highly finished works by Michelangelo.











* This is the view infront of it.







* Infront of the altar you can see the statue of St. Peter.


Simon Peter or Cephas is the first pope, Prince of the Apostles, and founder, with St. Paul, of the see of Rome.



* This one can be seen at the left side of the basilica.


* Because I went there last December so inside of the basilica there is the essence of Christmas...

Monday, August 11, 2008

VATICAN: the HOLY SEE



Vatican is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave within the city of Rome. At approximately 44 hectares (110 acres), and with a population of around 800, it is the smallest independent state in the world by both population and area.


Last December 2007,i visited this place for the first time and i want to share some of the pictures that i took at St. Peter's Basilica....

St. Peter's Basilica (Italian San Pietro in Vaticano) is a major basilica in Vatican City, an enclave of Rome. St. Peter's was until recently the largest church ever built (it covers an area of 23,000 m² and has a capacity of over 60,000), and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom.
Ancient tradition has it that St. Peter's Basilica was built at the place where Peter, the apostle who is considered the first pope, was crucified and buried; his tomb is under the main altar. Other popes are also buried in and below the basilica. Contrary to what one might reasonably assume, St. Peter's is not a cathedral - the pope's cathedral is St. John Lateran.









Friday, August 8, 2008

Come and Join in this Short Joyride

Hi, just want to share this video which was taken last Sunday during our journey to Ancona... Well,i know that this is just a short one but i'll assure that next time it will be much longer... Have a nice journey....:-)




video



Here are some pictures taken on that day...:-)












Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Saturday's Trip...


Last Saturday, me and my husband wants to eat pizza for dinner so we decided to go to Osteria del Gatto which is 20 minutes drive from the house... my husband was the one who drives the car... so while he is busy driving the car, i am busy also taking some pictures...

















Monday, August 4, 2008

Ancona's Best

Last year,me and my husband visited some towns in Ancona.

By the way,Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche, a region of central Italy. It is situated on the Adriatic Sea and is the center of the province of Ancona and the capital of the region.

The city is located 210 km northeast of Rome and 200 km southeast of Bologna.

The town is finely situated on and between the slopes of the two extremities of the promontory of Monte Conero, Monte Astagno, occupied by the citadel, and Monte Guasco, on which the Duomo stands (150 m).

Here are some pictures taken:
in Genga...











in Loreto...