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Vespatour 2006 part 16: Rome

Cappella SistinaStaring at the magnificence of the Sistine Chapel has been among the best moments of the Vespatour, so intense that it’s impossible to describe it with words or pictures .

In particular I wanted to see the “hand of creation” that, stylized by an friend artist, I choose as logo for the blog.

The Sistine Chapel is the last stop of the long visit route inside the Vatican Museums, the apex of the wonders exhibited.
My visit to the Vatican Museums is described in the sixteen photo gallery.

During the three days I spent in Rome I couldn’t miss a romanesque-style evening dedicated to the local cuisine: on august 21, together with Stefano, a Vespa rider from Como who joined me in Rome by train, we went to Ariccia, in the Castelli Romani area. The laughs in good company and the juicy “porchetta scrocchiarella” (pork roast) of the “fraschette” (outdoor inns) were among the silliest things we did until now! 🙂

The stop in Rome couldn’t be complete without a photo in front of the Colosseum, taken by a girl wearing a t-shirt with “Monnalisa” written on it… thanks Monnalisa! 😉

The next stop, on august 23, was going to be the Royal Palace of Caserta.

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Vespatour 2006 part 15: Rome

Piazza San PietroThey say that all roads lead to Rome, and that’s what happened even to me during my Vespatour, the solo-journey on a Vespa I did in the 2006 summer.

After a long pause, the photo report of the journey continues with the three days stop in Rome, riding on the streets of the italian capital city to discover historical places and the most famous monuments lighted up by the august sun.

For a couple of days I walked among the “sacred monsters” of the Eternal City: from Piazza San Pietro to Villa Borghese, from Piazza Navona to Piazza di Spagna, from the Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain: memories so deeply impressed in my mind that while browsing the 56 photos of the fifteen gallery I can’t believe almost 3 years already passed! 😀

Still a few stops and the photo report of the journey will be completed.


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Microblogging on Facebook

FacebookAs much as WordPress changed the way I managed and presented the blog, Facebook is now changing another fundamental component: the update rate!

I often find myself microblogging on Facebook by updating my status or filling the wall in a quick and easy way, just what I needed in order to highlight what I wasn’t able to through posts on the blog, even if visibility is limited to the network of friends.

In my opinion Facebook follows the 80/20 rule pretty well: for 20% of the time you typically use it to “nurture” your ego and for 80% to look at your friends’ activities! 😉

More or less this is my relation with a tool that in Italy is fast-growing in popularity, is generating discussions about the rise of new forms of dependence and privacy issues, but that has such a strength to be able to bring many new users on the web: without knowing it, they became micro-bloggers! 🙂