My Fantastic Voyage to Italy! My Rome Experience…

Amazing, and I was amazed!! What else do you say when you are standing next to this colossal structure with so much historical significance. One of the most iconic in the world.DSC00284The Colosseum, the largest amphitheater ever built.

DSC00272 Built of Concrete and Sand, can you imagine the Engineering required to construct such a massive design and without today’s Tools and Technology…

Visiting on a perfect day too, check out those blue skies.DSC00275The architecture had me simply in awe of the magnificent display of craftsmanship.

DSC00298There were thousands of excited people roaming around, trying to get inside for this captivating moment. They were quite agitated because it was a hot day (see my face:)

DSC00320 - Version 2DSC00328But I recovered…smiling…Can you imagine the gladiators and wild animal fights happening here? We definitely did. From the days of old and a place you must see and experience for yourself…

On to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the bell tower, in the town of Pisa…now this was a lovely little place, not quite what I expected, especially after seeing the Colossal Colosseum.DSC00388In Cathedral Square also known as the (Piazza del Duomo)DSC00384

Why does the tower lean? You should ask a Structural Engineer, but until then, here’s what my Google search had to say. The tower’s tilt began during construction (I know there were some engineers somewhere), caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. The tilt increased over decades before the structure was even completed gradually stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Wow, unbelievable!

DSC00394DSC00396Construction is said to take place in three stages over 200 years…I am trying to lean with it…how did I do:)DSC00402Will the unique and extraordinary Leaning Tower ever fall? Remember it’s only been leaning over 850 years!

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