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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Vatican City/Ватикан

Vatican City is an unusual place to visit. On one side, it is a sovereign country, but there are no official borders, so you walk through Rome and once you set a foot on the Saint Peter's square you are in a different country.

Ватикан -- довольно необычное место для посещения. С одной стороны это суверенное государство. С другой стороны здесь нет никаких официальных границ, и как только нога ступает на площадь Святого Петра, то человек оказывается в другом государстве.




While in the Vatican, it is worth visiting the Vatican Museums. There are many small museums there, but only one entry and it helps a lot to buy ticket online beforehand. The museums contain many interesting historic items and the interiors are pretty.

В Ватикане стоит посетить музеи (там много маленьких, но вход один, и билет стоит купить в интернете заранее), там много интересных исторических вещей и красивые интерьеры. 





Here is a view of St. Peter's Cathedral and the Vatican City. It's a state within a city, and that is what it looks like.

Вид на Собор Святого Петра и Ватикан. Вот так выглядит государство внутри города.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Colloseum/Колизей

There are thousands of pictures of Colloseum online, so here are a couple more from me.

В интернете уже тысячи фотографий Колизея, вот еще несколько вдобавок.



The place is very old, still very broken, but is still worth visiting.

Колизей стар, полуразрушен, но это стоит увидеть.





Monday, March 2, 2015

Rome, Italy/Рим

There are almost no modern buildings in downtown Rome. As a matter of fact, it is prohibited to enter downtown in many Italian cities unless the car is on the special registry list. The downtowns have a special limit called ZTL, which stands for "Zona a traffico limitato" and means something like "restricted traffic zone." There are no gates that prevent anyone from entering, but if your car is not registered, prepare to get a hefty fine in the mail. Traveling in Italy by car may be problematic because of that. One has to either find a parking lot outside of ZTL or find a parking lot inside ZTL that deals with authorities and eliminates the fine. But let's go for a walk in Rome.

В центре Рима почти нет современных зданий. В центр многих итальянских городов нельзя просто так проехать из-за так называемой "ZTL" что расшифровывается как "Zona a traffico limitato" и означает "зона ограниченного движения". Въехать можно, но потом пришлют штраф. Если путешествовать на машине, то надо либо искать парковку за ZTL либо искать такую парковку, где уладят дело с ZTL. Пройдемся по Риму.




This monument is called Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and it was built at the beginning of the 20th century in honor of the king Victor Emmanuel II, who united Italy.

Этот монумент называется Altare della Patria (Алтарь Отечества) и был построен в начале ХХ века в честь короля Виктора Эммануеля II, который объединил Италию.

And this is the Trevi Fountain. All in the middle of the city.

 А это фонтан Треви. Все в центре города.
Lots of people come here every day.

Здесь всегда многолюдно.

This is the Pantheon. This building is almost 1900 years old. It has been used as a church since the 7th century.

А это Пантеон. Этому зданию почти 1900 лет. Его использовали как церковь с 7-го века.
The view inside.

Панорама внутри.

This building is called Palazzo Madama, this is the home of Italian Senate.

А это здание называется Палаццо Мадама, здесь заседает итальянский сенат.
And this is Piazza Navona. There used to be a stadium here long long time ago, and now it is a square in Rome with restaurants and fountains. Lots of artists sell their paintings here.

А это Пьяцца Навона. Здесь когда-то давно был стадион. Сейчас это площадь в Риме с фонтанами и ресторанами. Здесь много художников продают свои рисунки.

This is the "Fountain of the Four Rivers" in the middle of Piazza Navona.

Это фонтан четырех рек в центре Пьяцца Навона.
Moving along.

Двигаемся дальше.
Such things are just on sides of houses.

Вот такое можно встретить просто на доме на улице.

That building, far ahead, is the Saint Peter's Cathedral. Not Italy, different country, Vatican.

Здание вдалеке -- собор Св. Петра. Но это уже другое государство, Ватикан.



Different kinds of ruins in downtown Rome are pretty much everywhere.

Развалины в центре Рима практически на каждом шагу.


This is Rome from a little up above.

Вот такой он, Рим, с небольшой высоты.

There is also subway here.

А еще тут есть метро.




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