|Final Statistics: Alex & Maz
|Total distance: 93,550km
|Furthest Point: Rotorua, NZ
|Now settled in Sydney, Australia
|Final Statistics: Martin
|Total distance: 79,698km
|Furthest Point: Hobart, Australia
|Now settled in Bristol, UK
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|Tue 9th Aug 05
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Diary Entry: 5th-9th Aug 2005 - Anyone fancy an ice cream?
Photo Album for Italy
Country Highlights En Route
The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value. The layout and disposition of the small towns and the shaping of the surrounding landscape, overcoming the disadvantages of a steep, uneven terrain, encapsulate the continuous history of human settlement in this region over the past millennium
'San Gimignano delle belle Torri' is in Tuscany, 56 km south of Florence. It served as an important relay point for pilgrims travelling to or from Rome on the Via Francigena. The patrician families who controlled the town built around 72 tower-houses (some as high as 50 m) as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano has retained its feudal atmosphere and appearance. The town also has several masterpieces of 14th- and 15th-century Italian art.
Venice and its Lagoon
Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese and others.
Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia
The city of Aquileia was founded by the Romans in 181 BC as a military settlement. It became one of the largest cities of the Roman Empire and a trading centre between Central Europe and the Mediterranean. In 452 the city was destroyed by the Huns under Attila. Later, the city of Venice took over the role of trading centre in the region. The origins of the Basilica dates back to the early 4th century, and the current building dates from 1031. Aquileia was the seat of a Patriarchate until 1751.
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