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 […]

The Roman Colosseum

The largest amphitheater ever built. Construction began in 72 AD.  Surprised this long-exposure turned out as I had no tripod and just finished a bottle of prosecco for my birthday! (Photo: July 2011)


The Papal Basilica of St. Peter has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world. Those letters across the top ring are seven feet tall. Construction began in 1506. This is where Pope Francis celebrates mass. It is the burial site of St. Peter and most popes. (June 2011)

Piazza Navona

Two nuns walk home from work through the infamous Piazza Navona.  July 2011

Nozze Colosseo

Finding love among the ruins