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Travel Picture: Day 299. The Doge of Venice kneels before the Lion on St. Mark. Venice, Italy

Travel Picture: Day 299. The Doge of Venice kneels before the Lion on St. Mark. Venice, Italy

Travel Picture: Day 200. The Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy, seen from the top of the bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica.

Travel Picture: Day 200. The Doge's Palace in Venice, Italy, seen from the top of the bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica.

Travel Picture: Day 202. Another view from the bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. This one looking towards the old customs house at the point of Giudecca Island, and the massive dome of Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health) church. One of the last major building projects in Venice's history, the foundation for the church required 1 million tree trunks, used as pilings driven into the lagoon bottom.

Travel Picture: Day 202. Another view from the bell tower of Saint Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy. This one looking towards the old customs house at the point of Giudecca Island, and the massive dome of Santa Maria della Salute (Saint Mary of Health) church. One of the last major building projects in Venice's history, the foundation for the church required 1 million tree trunks, used as pilings driven into the lagoon bottom.

Travel Picture: Day 35. Ippolito Scalza's Pieta, in Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy. http://www.handcraftedtravel.com/blog.php?id=8380204601801985682

Travel Picture: Day 35. Ippolito Scalza's Pieta, in Orvieto Cathedral, Orvieto, Italy. http://www.handcraftedtravel.com/blog.php?id=8380204601801985682

Travel Picture: Day 189. The façade of Orvieto cathedral, in Orvieto Italy. Located just an hour north of Rome, Orvieto belonged to the Papal lands throughout the Middle Ages. The highlight of the cathedral is the stunning Apocalypse cycle of frescos in the San Brizio Chapel, painted by Luca Signorelli.

Travel Picture: Day 189. The façade of Orvieto cathedral, in Orvieto Italy. Located just an hour north of Rome, Orvieto belonged to the Papal lands throughout the Middle Ages. The highlight of the cathedral is the stunning Apocalypse cycle of frescos in the San Brizio Chapel, painted by Luca Signorelli.

Travel Picture: Day 192. The theater at Ostia Antica, Italy. The Greeks loved the theater, but needed a hillside to create the necessary shape for the seating. The Romans refused to let something as simple as flat ground keep them from enjoying the theater, so they built artificial hills from concrete to support the seating.

Travel Picture: Day 192. The theater at Ostia Antica, Italy. The Greeks loved the theater, but needed a hillside to create the necessary shape for the seating. The Romans refused to let something as simple as flat ground keep them from enjoying the theater, so they built artificial hills from concrete to support the seating.

Travel Picture: Day 248. Venice off the beaten path. What century are we in again?

Travel Picture: Day 248. Venice off the beaten path. What century are we in again?

Travel Picture: Day 354. The front porch of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy. Built around 120 AD by the Emperor Hadrian, the inscription on the front indicates that it was built by Marcus Agrippa (son of Lucius, in his third consulate), though Agrippa was actually responsible for an earlier structure on the same spot.

Travel Picture: Day 354. The front porch of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy. Built around 120 AD by the Emperor Hadrian, the inscription on the front indicates that it was built by Marcus Agrippa (son of Lucius, in his third consulate), though Agrippa was actually responsible for an earlier structure on the same spot.

Travel Picture: Day 199. The Rocca Maggiore, a 14th century castle, crowns the hill above Assisi, Italy, the village of Saint Francis. This shot was taken from the square in front of the convent of the Poor Clares.

Travel Picture: Day 199. The Rocca Maggiore, a 14th century castle, crowns the hill above Assisi, Italy, the village of Saint Francis. This shot was taken from the square in front of the convent of the Poor Clares.

TravelPicture: Day 250. If you are visiting Venice, do yourself a favor. Make it a point to be on top of the Accademia Bridge 30 minutes before sunset.

TravelPicture: Day 250. If you are visiting Venice, do yourself a favor. Make it a point to be on top of the Accademia Bridge 30 minutes before sunset.

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