View Full Version : Just came back from Italy

08-05-2011, 03:09 PM
Two friends and myself (we're all big AC Fans) decided to take an AC-Trip to Italy. We only had one week and we chose Rome and Florence for our destinations.

In Rome I had the bigges AC-flash at the Castel Sant'Angelo. OMG. The outside sure has changed over time, so has the inside of the castello, but the overall feeling when walking through the hallways and courts felt pretty much the same.

The rest of the city is just as interessting to visit, but the real AC-feeling is missing. It's just too "roman" and less renaissance.

Florence on the other hand feels like your walking through the game. The narrow streets, the buildings, the places, just everything.

At the tourist office we saw some flyers of a Da Vinci Museum. They built some of his machines (and war machines as well) out of his original plans. And you could try them out as well. Not all of them but the most part.

There was: The Tank (yay!), the Machine Gun (yay!), the Parachute and the bomber.
A giant crossbow was also present and roughly 30 other machines.

At the entrance there were some manuscripts displayed (though I'm not sure if they were originals or only replicas). One of them had an interessting description. It was in italian but I can try to translate it for you (you can see the original saying in the pictures):

Manuscript L

It's a book (10x7cm) originally of 96 pages but now reduced to 94, basically conserved as it was at Leonardo's times. It dates around 1497 to 1504. It's about his works like the Last Supper, military architecture and fortifications, aritmethic stuies, science of water and physics and drawings of his flying machine. At the end (and now that's the interessting part) there's a drawing of an enormous one-arced brige that Leonardo proposed to build between Pera and Constantinople in a letter to the turkish Sultan.

That sure caught our attention. So maybe we'll meet Leonardo again in Revelations?

After so much AC-ness we decided to rent a car and drive to Monteriggioni. It's roughly an hour from Florence.
Well, the only thing the game has in common with the real Monteriggioni is the town's name and the wall with it's several towers. The rest is completely different and a lot smaller than what you find in the game.
But, we had an extremely relaxing and interessting 3 hours there. The tourists were a lot fewer, it was quiet, calm and very charming.
After all these tourist magnets we've visited (and believe me: LOTS AND LOTS of people..) that trip to Monteriggioni was just what we needed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

And there was a Falcon show, too. That felt pretty much Assassin as well http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I know that some of you already have visited these cities and pictures of those trips already exist in several threads. I'm still mad at myself that I forgot my camera at home and none of us had anything else but a smarthpone.

It's a shame but I could manage to take a few pictures anyway. Bad ones, but they fullfill their purpose.
I chose to uploaded only pictures I haven't already seen posted by somebody else (in a muuuch better quality). You can find them here:

My AC-Trip-Gallery (http://www.flickr.com/photos/66032949@N03/sets/)

08-05-2011, 03:33 PM
I knew davinci had plan for machine and stuff but i didn't even think that they based the war machine on real plans, thats awesome. I would love to see this one day

08-05-2011, 04:51 PM
Thanks for sharing your story and posting the pictures. I enjoyed them and recognized a lot of elements in them from the games. As for your comment about Leonardo, the bridge was something he designed in 1502, but it was never approved by the Sultan or built. Revelations will take place in 1511. I saw that Leonardo reference pop up myself when I first found out about Revelations and started reading up on Istanbul.

08-05-2011, 08:01 PM
Man I would love to be an employer at Ubisoft. The one who gets to travel Europe for ideas of AC.
I have already been to Florence and yes I can say it does resemble a lot of AC. Very Deja vu but I did not get to see the Davinci Meseum. Hope you guys had a great time!
Fellow Assasin-Mac Daddy!

08-05-2011, 09:58 PM
sweet pictures man.

08-06-2011, 03:54 AM
You've got some nice pictures here and it looks like you had a good time, thanks very much for sharing with us. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

08-06-2011, 05:01 AM
Wow we get to meet Leonardo again?


08-06-2011, 05:07 AM
Originally posted by AC-FANBOY:
Wow we get to meet Leonardo again?


Have you even read the other comments?
Cool pictures though. Always wanted to see how Monteriggioni looks in real life :P

08-06-2011, 09:34 AM
Thanks for posting the details of your holiday and the photos!

Looks an amazing holiday!

08-06-2011, 04:57 PM
Lol I had the exact opposite. In the last Summer I went on a trip through the Mediterranean sea and I visited Roma. I didn't looked that much to Castell San't Angelo (I don't know how to spell it sry) but the Phanteom (also can't spell xD) got particularly stuck on my mind.
Thus when the official trailer came out, I had this HUGE flashback that left me perplexed.
And I had numerous flashes like these through the game too.
It was pretty cool and I really enjoy these moments so I would really want to do what you've done - that AC trip.

Shadow Markuz
08-06-2011, 08:10 PM
Wow Angie, your first photo of Monteriggioni was taken in the exact same spot from which I took mine every time I went there (I'm Italian :P).
That was a nice trip you made here in Italy, I'm really happy you had the chance to do it and thanks for the description!

08-07-2011, 03:16 AM
Just so you know, I am never deleting these pictures.


Thanks for posting http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

08-07-2011, 04:39 PM
xangie1, thank you for furnishing the community with details of your account, and the photographs. Monteriggioni is quite different from how we know it from the AC series. Thank you so much for bringing to attention this fact, and how it is different, I was only just recently considering these facts and how it may pertain to events in AC.

Subject 4

08-07-2011, 06:41 PM
Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing them!

Heh, it must've absolutely done your head in at times, though. I visited all around the Naples Bay and Catania (in Sicily) on a field trip with my college a while back... and even there, despite the fact neither place appears in the games, just the architecture... my brain kept going all "Oh hey, I could use that ledge there, and then the window to the wonky brick there, and then that second ledge and then..." every time I saw a church tower =___=

It must have been weird as well, the vague feeling of familiarity despite the fact it was your first time visiting the places. I guess that's how Desmond must feel XD

08-08-2011, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by RENEGADEsoup:

It must have been weird as well, the vague feeling of familiarity despite the fact it was your first time visiting the places. I guess that's how Desmond must feel XD

Oh yes it really was a strange feeling of familarity. But, as someone also mentioned in an other thread, they messed up the scales a bit.

When we were standing in the middle of the Ponte Vecchio we werenít sure if it really was the place where we first see Ezio at the fight with the Pazzi boy when he getís his scar. It seemed a lot bigger in the game than itís actual size.

It might have seemed smaller because it was incredibly crowded, though.


But what psyched us most were the holes and iron things (donít know the english word...ďfastenerď? Ąmount?, Ąanchor?ď) in the walls of most old buildings and towers. Everywhere. Rome, Florence and Monteriggioni.
In the games I always thought that Ubi placed all these holes for climbing reasons. The iron things could be accurate although they were placed suprisingly practical. You now, typical ĄI see what you did thereď-style. But actually they didnít do anything. Itís all there. Look at this:


Itís crazy! XD XD
We felt the urges to climb practically the whole time, but (unfortunately *lol*) lack the athletical skills to do so.

But we had a lot of great AC-flashes in Florence. Piazza della Signoria where half of Ezoís family was killed, or the Duomo with the Campanile. We climbed the 414 narrow stepps on the inside of the tower and enjoyed the view over Florence. It was the first thing we did in Florence. Of course, we needed a view-point for orientation http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

But something was not right with the pigeons. They were supposed to hint to a possible leap of faith with a hey stack underneath but we never found one. We observed this phenomena especially in Monteriggioni (itís full of pigeons there) and already suspected that templars might have altered the pigeons to make the assassins leap to their certain death http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif!!

You never know!!!!!!

Ah, great trip, great times, great memories http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I can recommend a trip like this to every AC-Fan. Especially if youíre European and only need a few train-hours to get there http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It took us around 7h and 30min from Zurich to Rome. But only because Switzerland isnít really made for fast trains. 4h for around 300km to Milan and almost the same amount of time for 600km to Rome is quite a difference XD
Rome -> Florence is only roughly 2 hours by train. Perfect!

08-08-2011, 02:55 PM

This one was definitely my favourite.

Subject 4

08-09-2011, 06:31 PM
My wife and I were lucky enough to spend two weeks in Italy for our honeymoon last year. Spent 4 of the days in Rome, 4 in Florence.
Take a look at my gallery if you get a chance. Lots of landmarks in there that were also featured in the games http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


08-09-2011, 07:26 PM
Is that a glyph I see on the pedestal of that statue? *activates Eagle Vision, only to find out it doesn't actually work*

I would love to take a trip to Italy and see all the places I saw in AC2/ACB. It would be cool to visit the Holy Land as well, except it's waaay too dangerous over there. I'll just have to settle with a virtual tour.

Great photos, by the way! Really makes me wish I was there. My favorites from the Monteriggioni shoot were the couple that had the cat sleeping on the steps.

08-09-2011, 10:17 PM
I'll pass on these photos, I will see all that I need to by watching the 4th season of Jersey Shore....

08-10-2011, 09:37 PM
Originally posted by Subject_4:

This one was definitely my favourite.

Subject 4

That symbol on the statue base looks identical to the God of War symbol. Weird coincidence.

08-10-2011, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by dchil279:
I'll pass on these photos, I will see all that I need to by watching the 4th season of Jersey Shore....

Anyone?! anyone at all?!