Photos: Italy 2013

So much is said about Italy — from its history to food to sport.

With the last name De Nicola, it felt like a homecoming of sorts.

Yet I did not find Nicola; instead, I visited the usual spots of Pisa, Florence, Rome and Venice. Each place offers its own flavor and beauty.

People are friendly. The architecture is astounding. The mountains are ever-present.

Below are photos I think best portray Italia. The next blog entry will feature a collection of images from Germany.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not so tilted in person. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is not so tilted in person. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A nation of Fiat. Small cars for small streets. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A nation of Fiat. Small cars for small streets. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Lights go on in Florence as the sun sets over Ponte Vecchio. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Lights go on in Florence as the sun sets over Ponte Vecchio. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Buildings in the Piazza del Duomo provide depth in Florence. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Buildings in the Piazza del Duomo provide depth in Florence. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

What remains of one side of Rome's Colosseum -- home to the origin of the world's contemporary athletic venues. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

What remains of one side of Rome’s Colosseum — home to the origin of the world’s contemporary athletic venues. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A group of nuns traverse the sidewalk as a bicyclist rushes past the Roman Forum. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A group of nuns traverse the sidewalk as a bicyclist rushes past ruins of the Roman Forum. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

A look inside the Colosseum in Rome through a vomitorium (tunnel). // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A look inside the Colosseum in Rome through a vomitorium (tunnel). It was also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre — the largest of its kind. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Tourists peruse the Vatican Museum in Vatican City en route to the infamous Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Tourists peruse the Vatican Museum in Vatican City en route to the infamous Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A canal's eye view of Venice from a gondola. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

A canal’s eye view of Venice from a gondola. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

 

The moon shines low near the water Just after sunset in Venice. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

The moon shines low near the water Just after sunset in Venice. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

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