Syracuse was the most finest jewel of greek settlements in Sicily. Once it held the supreme power over all south Italy and fought against might of Carthage itself! Here is the view from main piazza and before maybe the finest catholic duomo I have seen. It seem to be built over an old Greek temple. You can see it inside from the very old columns.
Greek theatre of Syracuse is maybe the finest in the Greel colonies. It seem to be cut on lime stone rock. Really magnificient and how big! There must have been room for thousands of spectators.
Tivoli and villa Adriana
This magnificient villa is a huge bulding complex area built by Roman emperor Hadrian. At last half of his reign he stayed here and ruled vast empire of Rome from here – he disliked Palatine hill. And it is placed to nice valley near mountain areas of Alba (west of city of Roma). Once this nice pool was encircled by different statues.
Hadrian did travel a lot around empire and he was interested about architecture. This is why he tried here different styles. How nice view over artificial lake to the high hills of Alba around the villa of Adriano (=Hadrian).
And here is a small scale model how it once looked here. How magificient it must have once been! But then time passed and emperor Hadrian died because of liver cirrhosis – too much wine perhaps – and this villa was forgotten by his successors. And it turned to ruins…how sad.
Rome – the eternal city
And finally eternal city itself. Even though I have visited several times in Rome, I did not know that one can actually get on the top of the city house – or palace of Vittorio Emmanuele. I must now be in the top of my life! How nice view towards via Cavour! The main vein of the city.
And there is always end for everything…too bad!