Spike’s Italy Guide

So most people do the “holy trinity” in Italy: Rome, Florence, Venice.  It usually costs the same to fly into one city and out of another as it would to do round-trip. You can do these cities by high-speed train or car. I like to start in Rome to give a historical perspective of the […]

Florence

The Ponte Vecchio Bridge dates to 1345. It was the only Florence bridge left standing by the retreating German army in 1944. All others were ordered destroyed by Hitler. You can see the jeweler and blacksmith shops built onto the side of the bridge (on stilts) that are still used today. (July 2011)

David

It’s not very creative to take a photo of someone else’s art but in person, you realize why this is the Western world’s most famous sculpture. Michelangelo’s David was completed in 1504 and stands almost 20 feet tall. Carved from one single piece of marble. Breathtaking. And no photos were allowed, so I had to […]