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Sept. 12 to Sept. 28, 2002
and I went to Milano by train. Our hotel was located near Piazza Loreto, no big deal. After a day of sightseeing and shopping we were ready to visit the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
Great motor racing with a superb Scuderia Ferrari: Rubens won, Michael second and Eddie third.
's favourite driver, Jarno Trulli, had a bad start but managed to end the race on the excellent fourth place.
On Monday we headed for Rome. Our hotel was located in the middle of the Eternal City, right next to Saint Peter's Basilica. Have a look at the beautiful view on Residenza Paolo IV's website.
Residenza Paolo VI
One of the highlights was the Champions League match AS Roma vs. Real Madrid.
The Spaniards won by 3 to zero, read the article on Real's website.
And yes, we saw the Pope. A cardinal had died and John Paul II suspended his stay at Castel Gandolfo for the burial ceremonies.
Of course we visited the major tourist attractions of Rome as well, such as the Colosseo, the Panteon, the Foro Romano or the Sixtine Chapel. We ended our stay with the opera ĞIl Barbiere di Sevillağ at the Teatro Olimpico.
The second half of our vacation started with a strike of the Ferrovie Statali. As a result we were not able to reach Assisi, as we had planned, not even by bus. So we changed our route and travelled to Firenze instead.
Florence was a more than sufficient substitute to Assisi, plenty of cultural and social hotspots. We climbed the dome and saw Michelangelo's David. And we bought new leather jackets.
Our final destination was Venice. Our hotel was located in Murano, the island nearby Venice, famous for its glass artwork.
Venice was fascinating, with Piazza San Marco flodded and its melancholic almost sad ambiance.
On the last evening of our trip we could see the Ponte dei Sospiri enlighted only by the moon, a fantastic picture to end those wonderful holidays.
Author: Mario de Baseggio
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