Summer Holiday in Italy, September 2004

Starting in Rome

First afternoon - Carla in the Piazza della Repubblica by the Fountain of the Naiads The Moses Fountain, or Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, in Piazza San Bernardo Rome by night from the Villa Borghese gardens (we got engaged here a few days later)

The Colonna di Marco Aurelio on Via Del Corso The Trevi Fountain, swarming with tourists A collage shot of the Trevi Fountain

From the Colosseo towards the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II The (big, white, ugly?) Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II Obligatory shot of the Colosseo

The neighbouring Arco di Constantino Downstairs in the Colosseo The Foro Romano across the road

The Arco di Constantino from the Colosseo A collage shot of the Colosseo Panini and proscuito by the Colosseo

Venturing into the Foro Romano, where Caesers were cremated The Foro Romano from the Palatino Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio, complete with campaigners down the side

The Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II from the Piazza Venezia The Fontana del Tritone in Piazza Barberini, where we kept ending up In the Hall of Maps in the Vatican

The Piazza & Basilica San Pietro (St Peter's in Vatican City) Another shot of the Basilica Everything's laid out for the next day's papal audience

A collage shot of the sqaure Inside the Basilica A close-up of the stained glass window

The brass statue of St Peter's, foot worn away by the kisses of pilgrims The Vatican at dusk up the Via Della Conciliazione Castel Sant'Angelo, or Hadrian's Mausoleum, from which Tosca threw herself (Act 3)

The Palazzo Farnese, where Tosca bargains for her lover's life (Act2) The Basilica di Sant' Andrea della Valle, where Tosca helps helps a fugitive escape (Act 1) A fountain in the Piazza Navona

A "talking statue", where poets would anonymously voice discontent The Pantheon by night Bernini's elephant & obelisk in the Piazza della Minerva

Back in the Villa Borghese, relaxing by a lake Turtles also relaxing by the lake The Piazza Popolo with obelisk & twin churches

The Spanish Steps (I'm under the left lamppost) From the top of the Spanish steps Cocktails in Piazza Popolo shortly before I proposed

Back at the hotel shortly after I proposed

Then to Naples (as briefly as we could - it stank), Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast

A side-street off Via Tribunali in Naples' Spaccanapoli The Guglia dell'Immacolata in the Piazza Gesù The Gesù Nuova Church and Sata Chiara Cloister

The Piazza Gesù as a whole Walking briskly through the (scary) Piazza Plebiscito A fleeting shot of the Castel Nuovo

A lava victim in the much calmer (if a tad wet) Pompeii Another lava victim Inside the public baths in Pompeii

Still in the public baths A rain-filled square The remains of a street

The remains of a courtyard Obligatory shot of some Pompeii art - the god Priapus measuring himself A watery amphitheatre

The sun comes out on the Small Theatre Over the Pompeii's rooftops (or lack thereof) Pompii from outside

Salerno on the Amalfi Coast A collage of Amalfi itself & the coastline The Duomo Sant'Andrea in Amalfi

Across to Sicily

On the ferry between Italy & Sicliy, Messina & the Madonna della Lettera The Duomo in Taormina The Palazzo Duchi di Santo Stefano

Taormina by night Some lava flow off Etna The nearby Alcantara gorge - on a day trip with newfound friends Jen & Chris

Carla and me in some freezing water Jen, Chris & Carla wading through the water A close-up of the gorge

Etna from the nearby Norman castle Forza D'Agrò A collage of the side of Etna A crater on Etna

Chris, Jen, Carla & me - our first toast to our engagement The beaches at Taormina Carla in a square in Taormina that matches her birthday

On mainland Syracuse - the (enormous) Altar of Hieron II The Greek Theatre The Greek Theare from the top

The Ear of Dionysius, a massive cave The Roman Amphitheatre On Syracuse's island, Ortiga - the Duomo

The mountain town of Enna - the Rocca di Cerere A view of Enna from the Castello di Lombardia Leaving Enna as a cloud descends

Last stop Palermo - Sunday morning, a double wedding in the Chiesa del Gesù Holding doves outside the church after the ceremony Releasing the doves - blurry action shot

The doves fly off The Chieasa di San Giovanni, built on the site of an Arab mosque The beautiful Cattedrale, complete with inscription from the Qur'an

A collage of the Teatro Massimo The Chiesa di San Domenico The Pretoria Fountain and Town Hall

The Chiesa di San Cataldo with more Arabic influences A procession of lights & music to celebrate to celebrate a Saint's Day More processing (I'll add some sound later)

More processing with a statue of the saint The procession stopped at the church We left them to it

Our last night in Italy The Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi A banyan treen in Piazza Giardino Garibaldi with roots hanging down to touch the ground

Arriving back at the airport Both families celebrating our engagement on our first evening back

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