A Taste of Italy

4 Oct 2009  11 Comments

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum.

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum.

 I am back from my trip to Italy. I’m gonna leave you with some pictures of the trip and hope you enjoy them. I didnt take my DSLR but used a Nikon 10mp coolpix camera which wasnt too bad.

 
Everyone drinks espresso's in Italy, they say it makes the cigarette taste different afterwards.
Everyone drinks espresso’s in Italy, they say it makes the cigarette taste different afterwards.

 

So you could imagine how popular this store is in Rome. So you could imagine how popular this store is in Rome.

 

This is where i realized everything in Rome was a Piazza.
This is where i realized everything in Rome was a Piazza.

 

The Famous Spanish Steps
The Famous Spanish Steps

 

Men dressed in pink on horses in the middle of the shopping/happening district of Rome.

Men dressed in pink on horses in the middle of the shopping/happening district of Rome.

 

Even the nuns were Pink

Even the nuns were Pink

 

 

An everyday sight in Rome, far eastern shoppers boutique hopping. The 2 Japenese guys above have finished their Prada and Gucci shopping and are heading into Bvlgari.

An everyday sight in Rome, far eastern shoppers boutique hopping. The 2 Japanese guys above have finished their Prada and Gucci shopping and are heading into Bvlgari.

 

Guys dressed up as gladiators were always found roaming around the Spanish Steps and Pantheon areas.

Guys dressed up as gladiators were always found roaming around the Spanish Steps and Pantheon areas.

 

 

Rome's fountain of love.

Rome's fountain of love.

 
A bunch of Italian women molesting a mannequin.

A bunch of Italian women molesting a mannequin.

 
This bride stepped out in front of a bunch of about 10 bikers to have an entrance she will never forget to her wedding.

This bride stepped out in front of a bunch of about 10 bikers to have an entrance she will never forget to her wedding.

 

 

This was interesting, and no i did not go there for a meal.

This was interesting, and no i did not go there for a meal.

 
Some great places around the "veneto" area.

Some great places around the "veneto" area.

 
These 2 guys became friends on the trip.

These 2 guys became friends on the trip.

 
Good place for a quick casual meal. Recafe.

Good place for a quick casual meal. Recafe.

 
There is a Ferrari store at almost every city and airport in Italy. Selling Ferrari themed Puma's to Ferrari themed Tods.

There is a Ferrari store at almost every city and airport in Italy. Selling Ferrari themed Puma's to Ferrari themed Tods.

 
Great food, topped off by a great Short Robustos cigar. San Marco restaraunt.

Great food, topped off by a great Short Robustos cigar. San Marco restaraunt.

 

Easily the best ice cream store in Rome for me. Della Palma Gelato Di Roma.

Easily the best ice cream store in Rome for me. Della Palma Gelato Di Roma.

 
A cool looking lamp I would pass by every now and then while walking around.

A cool looking lamp I would pass by every now and then while walking around.

 
The Pantheon at night time.

The Pantheon at night time.

 
This was a guy singing opera at the Pantheon gathering a crowd of at least a hundred people. I thought i'd leave him with the red eye effect.

This was a guy singing opera at the Pantheon gathering a crowd of at least a hundred people. I thought i'd leave him with the red eye effect.

 
Next stop was Firenze, or Florence. This is the happening "piazza" there.

Next stop was Firenze, or Florence. This is the happening "piazza" there.

 
Of many other ancient historic pieces in Florene, Michaelangelo's original statue of David is located there. I will refrain from showing that, and other nude images due to the fact that many might find them offending. I think the Italian's should find them offending as well because they arent portrayed as very "manly" in their towering statues!

Of many other ancient historic pieces in Florene, Michaelangelo's original statue of David is located there. I will refrain from showing that, and other nude images due to the fact that many might find them offending. I think the Italian's should find them offending as well because they arent portrayed as very "manly" in their towering statues!

 

You will see this amazing sight in a few places in Florence, street artists at their best.

You will see this amazing sight in a few places in Florence, street artists at their best.

 

This photo was taken by the same Nikon camera and not photoshopped in any way. Yes, I am proud to be the owner of this image! One of the many bridges in Florence at sunset.

This photo was taken by the same Nikon camera and not photoshopped in any way. Yes, I am proud to be the owner of this image! One of the many bridges in Florence at sunset.

 
And this how some of the bridges look during the day.

And this how some of the bridges look during the day.

 
This is a very regular sight around Italy and the world in general.

This is a very regular sight around Italy and the world in general.

 
A cool statue in front of my hotel of i forgot who, getting some monster/creature in a head lock.

A cool statue in front of my hotel of i forgot who, getting some monster/creature in a head lock.

 
Why anyone would need one of these in Florence i do not know.

Why anyone would need one of these in Florence i do not know.

 
Now this is a more common sight in Florence.

Now this is a more common sight in Florence.

 
 
Final stop was Venice. The good weather through out the trip lasted even here.

Final stop was Venice. The good weather through out the trip lasted even here.

Most of the museums in Florence and Venice, including the ones above, forbid the taking of pictures. Yet, when I saw even the mild mannered Japanese snapping away, i couldnt resist doing the same.

Most of the museums in Florence and Venice, including the ones above, forbid the taking of pictures. Yet, when I saw even the mild mannered Japanese snapping away, i couldnt resist doing the same.

This was the first illegal photo i snapped using the iPhone camera.

This was the first illegal photo i snapped using the iPhone camera.

Gondola's in front of the Luna Baglioni.

Gondola's in front of the Luna Baglioni.

Made famous and overrated by Hollywood, the gondola's for the Danieli hotels.

Made famous and overrated by Hollywood, the gondola's for the Danieli hotels.

In the side streets of Venice you will find this great restaraunt.

In the side streets of Venice you will find this great restaraunt.

Antico Pignolo is another restaraunt in one of the small side streets, i tried looking out for the night club but never actually found it.

Antico Pignolo is another restaraunt in one of the small side streets, i tried looking out for the night club but never actually found it.

Q8 Aviation tanker filling up an Air Ethiopia airline in Marco Polo airport, Venice.

Q8 Aviation tanker filling up an Air Ethiopia airline in Marco Polo airport, Venice.

And so the summary of the trip. Rome was alot more fun, and had alot more personality than the rest. Everything was pretty much walking distance in all 3 of them.  Florence was extremely commercial, with American students flooding the streets. For example, in Rome there was the opera singer trying to make a living in the Pantheon square, in the famous square in Florence, a man was singing “Let it Be” to cater to the people i guess.  It was interesting seeing Michaelangelo’s David, and catching the sunset on the famous bridge. Venice was not what i expected. I thought it would be classier, but its ruined in the same way as Florence, not as bad though. The whole city on water thing is still amazing, and it has to be seen before it disappears. I would go back to Rome for sure, but for me, Florence and Venice were a one-time, must-do thing. And ive done it.

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  • DVLz

    Welcome Back Triple A :D Amazing pics except for the iphone one!

  • http://uptill1.com N

    Dude, you’re an outlaw

  • http://stormintcup.wordpress.com/ Miss Good Egg

    lol AAA, that has got to be the funniest travel review I’ve read in a while. Each comment had something funny in it! And that bridge picture- is absolutely gorgeous! I wanted to jump into the picture :D I’m glad you enjoyed your trip, looked like fun! :)

    Maybe another visit to venice isn’t so bad if you’re going to attend one of their masquerades :P

  • Zidaneoo

    Welcome back AAA … let the posts flow :p

  • http://www.q80mix.com Mix

    Welcome back and some great pics ! I was in Rome last week and would agree with you that its the best of the three places you visited. Oh and big thumbs up for Della palma gelato !

  • T.Pain

    Welcome back AAA. That San Marco gots some tasty eats!

  • DMQ

    what’s your next trip on mind? Funky review

  • http://www.akabane-90.blogspot.com Hashimoto

    great post !

    Grazie Mille !

    =P

  • http://brakebanzeen.wordpress.com elwehbi

    “A bunch of Italian women molesting a mannequin.”

    LOL – welcome back buddy!

  • http://uptill1.com Triple-A

    sorry it took me long to reply/post to all your comments and welcome backs, im still getting used to work post-ramadhan, post-vacation.

    dvlz, zidaneoo, hashimoto : thanks guys glad you enjoyed the post.
    n : im an outlaw taking pics in a church!
    miss good egg : those masquerades are just too weird for me, you should see the amount of masks they have there!
    mix : i went to alot of random ice cream places but this was something else!
    t-pain : san marco’s food is so good its close to criminal!
    dmq : i think i need to recover from this trip to even think about the next one! but will keep u updated!
    elwehbi : thanks, and loving the brakebanzeen/gulfrun combo! keep it up.

  • Lunaawly

    Pink people are from the Martini advertisment! Check this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ksBanxzjBU&feature=related 

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