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Old 2018-06-10, 10:10   #34
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I think Joey's right, actually: on my map of Rome, it is referred to as the Arco di Costantino, and Wikipedia calls it the Arch of Constantine, too, but adds that one in Paris was modelled on it.
See? Never trust an Italian nerd talking of art!
To my partial excuse, they are 300 ft across...
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Old 2018-06-10, 14:28   #35
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I guess it's the Arch of Titus. The arch of Constantine is in Paris.
Is the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum? I remember there being another arch, but it had inscriptions and other writings under the arch.

Edit: Aha! Here's what you might be thinking of, from a lower view. The Arch of Constantine is smooth where this arch has the engravings/inscriptions.

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Old 2018-06-10, 14:44   #36
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If you have any Euro banknotes left from your Italian trip, take a look at the arches and bridges pictured on them. They aren't real, but are based on various styles of architecture in Europe.
If you got the chance to design an arch or a bridge, what would it look like?
All I have left are a couple of coins

A lot of architecture appeals to me. I like the style of just about every long suspension bridge in existence, so I'd try to design a bridge with elements similar to those.
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Old 2018-06-10, 15:48   #37
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Today's Pictures: The Pantheon (plus a little obelisk out in the front)

We dropped by here while in Rome since it was near one of our stops. It's got all sorts of statues and stuff inside, although at the time when we visited the light from the hole in the dome wasn't doing anything special. We did learn, however, that rain doesn't magically avoid the hole, or that there aren't updrafts keeping rain out. There is an ancient drainage system with little, barely noticeable holes in the floor. The floor is sloped in certain areas to funnel water to the holes, keeping the temple from flooding.

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Later that day we went and ate at some neat little diner; I had spaghetti that had eggs, cheese, and bacon. It was weird but good! We also had cheese and deli meats for an appetizer, all of which were good. My bill was pretty reasonable, but my friends had steak and a lot of other expensive food; the two of them combined had a bill of almost 80 euros

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Old 2018-06-11, 14:47   #38
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Pictures from the Vatican!

This was a neat stop. We toured the museum and the Sistine Chapel. No pictures from the Sistine Chapel, since you're not supposed to take them, and the pictures from inside the museum are of even more horrendous quality than I expected. So these are the only ones that are remotely clear.

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The big sphere is by a contemporary artist. It's solid metal, so it's pretty heavy.

Probably the coolest part of the whole thing was a huge hall of tapestries. There were huge maps of parts of medieval Italy, maybe 10 feet tall and 20 feet across and incredibly detailed. There were also intricate depictions of Bible event on similarly sized woven sheets.
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Old 2018-06-12, 18:08   #39
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Pictures from the Vatican (cont.)

After the Sistine Chapel was this cathedral that I really should know the name for

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Then we went out into the main square. They were setting up for next morning's mass; look at how many chairs they have to manage! Also a shot of the cathedral from the other end of the square.

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Afterwards we went shopping and had gelato! I had tons of gelato over the whole trip, and later in the trip we went to the place with the "Best Gelato in the World" which was in San Gimignano if I remember correctly. No pictures though, since I ran out of batteries a couple times
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I like the way that you included the dark clouds hanging over St. Peter's Square in the last photo!
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Old 2018-06-13, 19:45   #41
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I like the way that you included the dark clouds hanging over St. Peter's Square in the last photo!
Yeah, I, um, meant for that to happen

Today is the Roman Forum! This was after our stop at the Vatican City. We learned a bit about the Roman style of government from our guide, then toured the ruins. Lots of neat ancient architecture!

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After the rest of Rome, we started our drive to Naples; my shots of the Bay of Naples are earlier in this thread. Then Capri, and that was it for the trip!

I looked through the rest of my album, and all that's left are a couple of pictures from Florence. The first one is a shot of this bridge that has a ton of extremely expensive jewelry and watch shops on it, like Rolex, Panerai, etc. The second one is a neat arch that we saw, no clue what it's called

Also, even lower quality than my iPhone, since my Florence pictures were taken with an ancient digital camera that might be older than I am. I don't remember not having had it since I was really young :unsure

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...a couple of pictures from Florence. The first one is a shot of this bridge...
As a potential architecture student, did you notice anything strange about the top floor of the building that goes across the bridge?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasari_Corridor
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As a potential architecture student, did you notice anything strange about the top floor of the building that goes across the bridge?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasari_Corridor
Oh yeah, the tour guide mentioned that. IIRC it's closed, but it should be reopening soon. It's really old and still hard to notice if you don't know it exists!

I guess I'll start posting random stuff that were just neat things we saw on the trip. I've covered just about every specific that was specifically on out itinerary,

A front view of St. Francis's Basilica, in Assisi.

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Some ruins in the Roman Forum.

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A square in Florence that was near our bus stop. Note the many vendors; some of them are very aggressive and will use underhanded tactics to get your money, barely stopping short of blatant theft

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