Artistic Brilliance Shines in Florence!

We are proud to offer exciting excursions all over the globe, from places deep in the jungle to some of the greatest cities man has ever dreamed to build. We like to share our passion with others so that they can see why we are so invested in the places we go. The world is remarkably big, and there are more amazing sights to see than can be imagined. Today we take a trip to one of the most artistic places in the entire world, Florence, Italy!

The Bargello, also known as the Palazzo del Bargello, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, or Palazzo del Popolo (which translates as “Palace of the People in English”) is a former prison and barracks which now serves as an art museum. The term Bargello is derived from Latin and means “fortified tower” or “castle” and was a term that was applied to military captains of Italy during the middle ages who were in charge of keeping the peace. Because these captains stayed in fortifications such as this one the name eventually stuck to the building as well. The original two stories of the building were finished in 1256 with the third story being added in 1323. In modern times the museum is home to masterpieces by such renowned artists as Michelangelo, Donatello, and Vincenzo Gemito.

The Catterale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower in English, is the main church of the city. Construction of this beautiful building started in 1296 in the Gothic style and was completed in 1436 when the dome was finished and it was consecrated that same year. The outside is lined with multicolored marble panels in numerous shades of pink and green that give the building its beautiful sense of majesty. The cathedral is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence. The current archbishop if Giuseppe Betori. The inside of the cathedral is home to some stunning artwork, perhaps none more provoking than the Last Judgment, seen above, that is underneath the dome. There are few places in the world which can rival the beauty of this wonderful monument dedicated to faith.

Giotto’s Campanile is a standalone bell tower that is a part of the Florence Cathedral. The tower was first started in 1334 after the original Master of Works of the Cathedral passed away and was completed in 1359 after the title passed through multiple people’s hands during that period. It stands adjacent to Santa Maria del Fiore, and the tower is one of the finest examples of Florentine Gothic architecture with its design by Giotto. It features multicolored marble encrustations that give it a fantastic sheen and fabulously rich sculptural decorations! The inside houses multiple works of art, including the famous “Euclid” by Nino Pisano!

Florence is an amazing city, with such as rich history in both the arts as well as religious ceremony, it makes a great adventure for anyone wishing to explore a lively city. The architecture can’t be beat, either! We’re so proud to be taking our travelers all around the beautiful country of Italy as a part of our Gay Taste of Italy Tour, which features other such cities as Rome and Venice! For all of the information on this amazing trip, go here.



Grabbing Pieces of Pizza in Rome!

One of the great things about traveling is the chance to experience different cultures around the world first hand, and there are few better ways to do that then to take a bite of someone’s food. Like music, food is a universal language. We all eat, we enjoy food in vastly different ways, and one person’s supreme meal is another person’s garbage.  I have been doing a lot of research lately when it comes to the highlights of the world, and quite a bit of that time has been devoted to various eateries.

Pinsere Roma is a pizzeria that specializes in something referred to as “grips”, which are small hand held pizzas meant to be enjoyed in a single setting. The experience here doesn’t start with the food, it starts with the people. The owners of the establishment started it on the belief that food can be amazing without being too expensive or taking a long time to prepare, and always with a smile. The service at Pinsere Roma is fantastic, with customers often noting that the warm atmosphere is almost as inviting as the aroma that carries easily to the streets out in front of the eatery. The small storefront is constantly packed with eager customers who are vying to try one of the many combinations in this very popular place. It has consistently been rated as one of the best places to eat in all of Rome!

The pizza here is absolutely fantastic, with a variety that is almost unmatched in the entire world! Customers rave about the fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. One of the best aspects of the pizzas is the crust. It has a doughy quality to it that is topped off with just enough crispiness to melt in anyone’s mouth. One of the more popular pizzas there includes bacon, figs, and the surprising honey! It shouldn’t work, but the skilled chefs are talented at pulling off the unexpected time and time again. Of course, they can do traditional pizza just as well, with their Sicilian Meats pizza being another favorite among customers. Tourists and locals agree that for pizza there is no place better in all of Rome!

Rome is a fantastic city that has many great places to visit. There are landmarks, holy sites, and many places traveler should go on a trip to the city, as well as many other places to enjoy great food beyond the wonderful Pinsere Roma. You can experience all Rome has to offer, as well as other amazing destinations in Italy, as part of our fantastic Italy vacation! For all of the details on this amazing trip, please click here.

Imperial and Religious Landmarks in Rome!

We are very proud to offer trips all around the world, and we are invested in letting others see why we are so passionate about the places we go. The world is a very big place, and within it are numerous sights to see that are unique as they are beautiful, historically significant, or both. Here is a look into Rome, Italy, whose historical significance is unmatched in all of western civilization! 

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is an elliptical amphitheater in the center of the city, and is built of concrete and stone. It is the largest amphitheater ever build and is widely regarded as one of the greatest works of engineering and architecture that the world has ever known. The construction of the building began under the rule of Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, and was completed eight years later under his heir Titus. Further additions were made during the reign of Domitian. These three rulers of Rome are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheater got its Latin name for its association with this family. The Colosseum could hold an estimated 80,000 spectators at any one time, having an average audience of about 65,000. It has gained much of its fame due to it being the home of gladiatorial contests but it was home to many public spectacles including dramas based on myths, re-enactments of famous battles, and public executions. After the fall of the Roman Empire the grounds were repurposed in several ways that included being home to a cemetery and many of the spaces were converted into housing and workshops. These days the Colosseum stays partially ruined due to damage from stone-robbers and horrific earthquakes. Even so, it is an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire and is one of the most visited buildings in the entire world, and is by far Rome’s most popular tourist attraction.

The Arcibasilica Papale di San Giovanni in Laterano (English: Papal Archbasilica of St John in the Lateran) is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Rome and the official ecclesiastical seat of the Bistop of Rome, which is the Pope. Due to its distinction as the cathedral for the Bishop of Rome, it ranks above every other Catholic Church and thus is the only one to be named an Archbasilica. It has often been remarked that the building resembles a palace more than any sort of church, with its beautiful Baroque architecture and resplendent artwork strewn all about the building. One of the more amazing pieces of artistry within the building is the statues of the twelve apostles which were commissioned under the rule of Pope Clement XI in the early 18th century, which are beautifully crafted. 

Rome is a fantastic city with a lot of history to offer. It had one of the greatest empires to ever stretch the world, and is home to some of the most devout religious followers in the entire world with splendid buildings to match. You should visit this city, and we’re glad to bring you an amazing trip that can take you all over Italy! For all of the details on what great experiences await you, click here.