Camogli is a small village located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino in the province of Genoa, Region of Liguria, northern Italy. It was ever a powerful harbor / seaport in the late middle ages and it was also called the City of a thousand white sails. It now lives mainly from tourism and is known for its colorful houses that line the beach. The house colors once helped the fishermen of Camogli find the way back to their port.
At the old time, this tower was for telling the destination for the boats.
It’s the Dragone Castle.
The beach of Camogli
The Colorful houses
Camogli’s giant frying pan will be center stage at the Sagre del Pesce Italian festival. Serving up more than three tons of fish on the harbor front, a massive frying pan has been an icon of the fish festival since 1952.
Rocca del Leone of Castiglione del Lago is a wonderful building which for centuries has been the most important military settlement placed on the shores of Lake Trasimeno and was formed by a wall with battlements polygonal Guelph , four towers and the triangular keep. It was begun in XII century on the ruins of an earlier fortification destroyed in 1091 by Henry IV ( 1050-1106 ) of Franconia. In 1297 the magistrates of Perugia decided to fortify the town and the next year they decided to build a fortress inside the castle to better defend the inhabitants. The admission fee was 5 Euro each which was included also the Corgna Palace.
the walls of the fort
It was interesting to see the painted ceilings and walls in the castle and walk around the walls of the fort. The views of Lake Trasimeno from the fort were amazing. This is surely one of the best sights I’ve seen in the area. The fortress is magnificently built and I love that we could walk all the up and along the walls. The walk to the fortress through the narrow walkway is also exciting.
Inside the castle
It’s a long walk but we were happy as we could see the lake and its surrounding as well.
As you can see from my photos – these were taken from the castle while were walking around.
From a narrow and long corridor – you can go to the Corgna Palace or you can come from the main entrance and walk inside the narrow corridor to the castle.
It’s the entrance of the palace
The paintings inside museum.
The museum of the Palazzo della Corgna is situated on the first floor, where there are eight rooms with “affreschi”. Made between 1574 and 1590 by a team of painters led by Nicholas Circignani said the Pomarancio, the scenes represent the deeds of Ascanio and various mythological and historical themes. Built from 1563 by incorporating the previous Baglioni palace of the early ‘500.
We were recommended to visit this place, the baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla) and I could say that it’s an awesome place during that time.They were begun by Septimius Severus in 206 and opened in 217 by Caracalla and were completed by their successors. There were three kinds of baths – cold, warm and hot water which could accommodate 1,600 at a time. They were the second largest Roman public baths. The entrance ticket is 6€ but it’s also included in the Roma Pass if you buy it. Well, I liked it so much – I have found that not many tourists visited this place. You can reach them by Line B on the metro system, from both Circo Massimo and Piramide stations.
The view of the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla)
The surrounding wall of the baths of Caracalla. The bath complex covered approximately 25 hectares. The bath building was 228 metres (750 ft) long, 116 metres (380 ft) wide and 38.5 metres (125 ft).
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Taken from outside
Inside the Baths of Caracalla
The remaining mosaics
Inside the Baths of Caracalla
My husband and I
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The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) is near by the Colloseum. It was an important place during an imperial period and even now after many years and was damaged but it looked still amazing. We spent 3 hours and half to visit this amazing Roman Forum. It’s really big for me to walk 🙂 Just because I needed time for taking photos.
The Roman Forum
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina was built in 141 A.D. after the loss of Faustina since her husband, the Emperor Antoninus, wanted to deify her in her honor with this magnificent temple.
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
The Temple of Castor and Pollux or the Temple of the Dioscuri was built in 484 B.C to the victory of Anlus Postumius.
The Temple of Castor and Pollux, the Corinthian columns.
The complex and beautiful arch of Septimius Severus was for the coming decline of Roman art.
The Arch of Septimius Severus
The Temple of Saturn was used as the public treasury and also for a repository for the standards of the legions and the decrees of the senate. It was built on 17th December, B.C.
The Temple of Saturn
The three columns of the Temple of Vespasian (Right) was built by the son of Domitian in 94 A.D.
The Temple of Saturn (Left) and the three columns of the Temple of Vespasian (Right)
Courtyard of the Domus Augustana
The Circus of Domitian
The Circus of Domitian
The Imperial Palace, viewed from another side of the Circus Maximus
It was me on another historic Roman hill, the Palatine.
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I went to Rome last week with my husband – it was my first time to be in Rome, I am sure that there will be many more beautiful places to visit but we didn’t have enough time to visit all of those because we had only 3 nights for our trip there. So we have organized a very busy schedule for visiting around 10 places. Well, I will write other places in next post.
First of all, I would like to suggest you to buy the Roma Pass so you can save a lots of times – it costs 36€ for 3 days (With the Roma Pass you can use all the metro, bus and tram – enter the Colloseum and the Roman Forum faster by skipping the long line. The pass is also included with the entrance of the Terme di Caracalla – which I will write in detail in next post. Well, I was with the pass but it also took me around 10 mins to enter the Colloseum.
Second, if you go by plane and you should go to center of Rome by bus because the cost is cheaper than the train. We took bus from airport to the center of Rome which costed 4€. (But with your Roma Pass you can get more discount by showing them your pass.) I didn’t buy the round trip tickets so when I came back to airport – I spent 6€ so I suggest you to buy the round trip ticket at airport in case you would like to save some €…just my idea 🙂
Third, with the restaurants – you have to be careful with the price since I have experienced that. In Italy, some restaurants, coffee bars – they might charge you more when you sit on the table so be aware how to pay them. I and my husband were charged 16€ for two cups of cappuccino.
We found one restaurant, Ristorante Trattoria Pizzeria, Il Condor, near the Termini train station in via Daniele Manin which was really cheap and the foods were good for us with the menu 10€ – you can have 2 selected dishes, cake and a bottle of water. It’s just so closed to the Colloseum.
Our first day visit was at the Colloseum since we arrived around midday already. I was really excited to see it through my eyes. It’s just so so much amazing.
Inside the Colloseum
The Colloseum by night – captured from the bridge
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It was our one day tour before we continued to Florence, Pisa isn’t so big – a city in Tuscany but it’s rich in architecture – I just feel so amazed. Well, since this is one of the biggest tourist areas in Italy so we had to spend quite long time for buying the tickets so it will be better if you all buy ticket online then you might be able to save more times to visit other places in this area. Beside this piazza of Miracles, you might also want to visit the botanic garden which is just nearby (if you like).
The Field of Miracles or The Piazza of Miracles
The Torre Pendente (The Learning Center)
The Duomo di Pisa (Cathedral of Pisa).