Italia – Let’s Go! Part 3


Roman Colosseum (Colosseo) at dusk

The Flavius amphitheatre is the biggest and most imposing in the Roman world, but is also the most famous monument in Rome and is known as the “Colosseum” or “Coliseum”. Started by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavia family, it was opened by his son Titus in 80 A.D. 

Waiting to enter Capri’s Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)


Inside the Roman Colosseum





A Canal in Venice


Looking down on a street in Assisi

Italia  – Let’s Go!  Part 3 concludes the Italia – Let’s go series.  All of the pictures in the post “Italia – an Il Volo Flight Crew Special Feature” have been identified.  As this series of Italia comes to a close, I am not exactly sure where we will travel next, there are unlimited possibilites. We may hop around Italia as if we are on a private jet and can go anywhere we want at a moments notice.  Won’t this be fun!

Soon though, we will travel to Assisi where Il Volo recently performed in Rai’s Concerto di Natale at the Basilica di San Francesco. Assisi, a medieval city built on a hill, is the birthplace of Saint Francis and according to Rick Steves’s “The Basilica di San Francesco is one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe.”

Some photos originally from film.

15 thoughts on “Italia – Let’s Go! Part 3”

  1. MicheleThank yiou for this time consuming & amazing project you did putting these pictures & information together. The wrap around pictures are spectacular being able to zoom in & out I may not get
    to Italy but it is if I am there when I am looking at those pictures &
    the structure & history of the coliseums. How lucky you were to travel there. Looking forward to another of your projects.

    1. Thank you Loretta.  I am happy to share my pictures. I have more that I am sure will posted at some point in the future.


      1. I have pictures all over Sicily except Marsala.  I went to Palermo and Selinunte that are not too far away and a number of other cities in Sicily. I have not been to Bologna.

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S®4 

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us Ms. Azzara! Your pictures in Assisi are pretty enough to be paintings! Now I can’t decide where in Italy I want to go most. Venice, Rome, and Assisi are all so gorgeous, but Piero is in Sicily!!!

    1. Isabel – Thank you!  I know it is so hard to decide where to go – I can’t wait to get to Italy again, and Sicily is a must!  If you are planning to take a tour some companies will take you to the major cities and Sicily as well!  I am guessing you have time to research and I know you will be happy with whatever you decide.  Hoping to post pictures from Sicily in the future.   m


  3. Oh how I envy you for having seen these wondrous sights, Michele. I will never get to Italy, I’m sure, so I appreciate so very much your pictures and descriptions of these wonderful places. Italy is indeed a gorgeous place. And reading the history of these places is an added bonus. Can’t wait for the next series. Thanks again, Michele.

    1. Thank you.  I am so glad you are enjoying the pictures!  Plenty more to come. m


  4. Beautiful photos, mfa!

    I’m especially drawn to the quaint appearance of Sicily. Is that how it was for you… quaint?

    I’m curious… is it OK to ask around what year the photos were taken?

    Grazie molte! (OK, I used bing. Anyone speak Italian enough to know if this the proper way of saying “Thank you very much” ??

    (; >) Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

    1. I would not say Sicily was quaint – I would say exotic.  7 and 5 years ago.  Some of the pictures I have used so far are not digital that is why the quality is not that great, I just took a picture of my picture with my cell phone. I loved my Nikon film camera so I would not give it up.  I have given it up now – do not really love my new Nikon digital camera – but I am trying to like it.


      1. Ahhh… exotic! Wonderful!
        Reminds me of Frances Ann’s Luce Stellare blog about Piero’s spirit animal. Truly exotic!

        Your photos are wonderful, Michele. Very effective in the way you accomplished digitizing them. The time frame helps me to understand that these are quite modern images.

        Too bad about not having the best of your original Nikon world in a digital form. I’m sure you’re not alone with those feelings.

        Definitely enticing,
        ~ Jeanine DuBois, Compassion’s Doorway

  5. Michele…. This whole series has been OUTSTANDING, and I am so very glad that you put all these beautiful pictures and places together for us! We all love Italy so much, and you have brought such joy and powerful memories to so many of the Crew, and have given a great sense of anticipation to those who haven’t had a chance to visit Italy yet.

    I, for one, can’t wait for the next “trip”!! Please show a lot of Sicily… I never got there in my travels and could kick myself for missing out on it.

    Again, many, many thanks for your lovely travelogue.

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