*******ourvideosite****/View/V477 Italy travel: Rome. More video of the largest church in the world devoted to Mary, the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, showing how every surface is decorated with priceless art. Our Perillo Tours Familia is tired at this point, but the beauty of the living history keeps us going.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V475 Italy travel: Roman Colosseum video view from the upper level, including the stage area. Then, a traveling shot of all the arched entry ways to the seats of the Colosseum. Then, from outside of the Colosseum, our Perillo Tours Familia sees more of the massive supporting arches.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V474 Italy travel: Entry to the Roman Colosseum amphitheater along with all the others tourists. Again, perspective fails in the video, but that doesn't stop us from trying! Our Perillo Tours Familia takes as many pictures as possible - every different vantage point gives a new opportunity.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V469 Italy travel: Rome. St. Peter's Basilica is so large, it's difficult for the video camera to translate the magnitude of the place. For some perspective, the big gold letters towards the top of the church are eight feet tall. Our Perillo Tours Familia continues the grand tour.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V463 Italy travel: Rome. Slideshow of St. Peter in Chains, including the Pantheon, Michaelangelo's Moses, the Trevi Fountain, Navona Square, and Pass the Piggies with Wendy and Mark. Lots of other impressive landmarks passed while on the bus. Great fun, day and night with our Perillo Tours Familia! Yes, this seems like a lot of activities for one video, but it was all done at a very comfortable pace.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V462 Italy travel: Rome. The statues undergoing restoration outside Piazza Navona's church will be worth another look when they are completed. The relatively minor fountain/statue at one end of Piazza Navona was impressive enough! Walking back to our Perillo Tours bus for transport back to the hotel, every turn produces a new and wonderful discovery. You literally can't just look left and right without seeing something historical or impressive, as the video shows. Back at the hotel, boxing promoter Don King lives up to (or down to?) his reputation.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V456 Italy travel: Rome, the Vatican Museum and St. Peter's Square slideshow. Several thousand more non-repetitive pictures could have been obtained in the halls of the Vatican Museum, and much better pictures of the Sistine Chapel could have been obtained if proper video had been allowed. Then, Pope Benedict VXI gave his Wednesday blessing of the crowd in St. Peter's Square. The youngest member of our Perillo Tours Familia pointed out that it really should be called St. Peter's Circle, and right she is!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V455 Italy travel: Rome, the Church of St. Peter in Chains. A little tease of the Roman Colosseum shows in the video, but now we're off to St. Peter in Chains. This church has another fantastic sculpture by Michelangelo: Moses. In Rome, our Perillo Tours Familia was heavily saturated with one amazing church after another. Any one of those places could have been an all-day event just to scratch the surface of what was available.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V454 Italy travel: Rome, St. Peter's Square during the live blessing of the crowd by Pope Benedict XVI. The large screen video screens make it easy to see the Pontiff no matter where you are in St. Peter's Square. The Pope's message continues in the background while the video camera explores some of the architectural marvels of St. Peter's Square. Predictably, the thrill of the Pope wears off quickly for the kids. Our entire Perillo Tours Familia is soon off to Rome's Colosseum.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V453 Italy travel: Rome, in St. Peter's Square, video of the Pope giving his Wednesday blessing. The Pope greets the crowd, and an opening prayer is offered. There's our Perillo Tours Familia in addition to thousands of the faithful (or at least the curious).
*******ourvideosite****/View/V441 Italy travel: Pompeii. Most of our Perillo Tours Familia is visible in this segment, as we meet a resident of Pompeii. You can see the anguish, as he was caught in the painful last gasps of life. Wow. Mt. Vesuvius had been proclaimed an extinct volcano by the experts of the day, so the eruption was quite a surprise to the residents of Pompeii. They didn't have time to escape. With some clever techniques, archaeologists were able to pour plaster molds of the residents of Pompeii where they died.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V438 Italy travel: The ruins of Pompeii, pretty much as they were on 24 August, 79 AD. This was a thriving city one day, and a few days later, it was buried under tons of ash, many meters deep . In this segment, our Perillo Tours Familia walks around the Basilica, the most imposing of Pompeii's public buildings. According to the tour guide, the diameter of the supporting columns indicates that the roof was probably 30 feet high!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V435 Italy travel: Amalfi Coast town of Ravello, where we spent too little time but had a fantastic lunch at Trattoria Cumpa Cosimo Ravello, which we dubbed Mama Ravello's Restaurant. A platter full of unbelievable food was served! This was the second best meal we had in Italy, after those yummy clams we had in Venice. It was clear that the restaurants we stumbled across in Italy, based on local people's recommendations, were far superior to any of the restaurants Perillo Tours arranged for us. Too bad. After lunch, one more look around the mist-shrouded villas on the hillside of Ravello. It's easy to imagine how utterly enticing this place must be in the summer, in the sunshine.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V434 Travel in Italy: Amalfi Coast slideshow. More of the wonderful sights from the towns of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano, with a bit of coastal drive mixed in. Perillo Tours could spend a week in this area exploring the delightful 'nooks and crannies' of the Amalfi Coast. We had fun!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V433 Italy travel: Amalfi Coast, walking around Amalfi. Perillo Tours ought to make walking around the town square of Amalfi a requirement towards a complete trip to Northern Italy. It's a street, it's a square, it's a sidewalk, it's an open air mall: Amalfi's town square all blends together into something fun and unique.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V432 Italy travel: Amalfi Coast, approaching the town of Amalfi. The Perillo Tours bus would not have fit thru these two tunnels. We go past a statue dedicated to the guy who supposedly invented the compass. Tony said that Flavio Gioia invented the compass, but a check on Google for compass inventor indicates that the compass was invented in China some 200 years BC. Whatever; here's Amalfi's statue to the Italian inventor of the compass.
*******ourvideosite****/View/V431 Italy travel: Amalfi Coast in miniature, again. Our Perillo Tours Familia would really have enjoyed this. This setup was even more stunning than the previous one, complete with boats on water and mini trees. Simply stunning, inspiring the comment You've got to be kidding me! Then, more amazing scenery. To say we had fun would be an understatement!
*******ourvideosite****/View/V429 Italy travel: Positano, Amalfi Coast. Perillo Tours guide book did not indicate the bonus sense of satisfaction gained in successfully converting currency! There's nothing diagnostic about Positano in this selection, but it was part of our experience in Italy. It was worth recording this method of entering and exiting a bank: one at a time. No quick getaways here!