Italian Photo Explosion

Technology can’t stop me! I uploaded the hundreds of photos from my trip. Unfortunately some of the night ones are blurry, and I obviously can’t put them all on here, but here you go. Enjoy!

We’re here! Our apartment building.

Around the corner to the right…

… and to the left.

Headed to dinner, we get to the end of the main road next to our apartment and look to the left.

Part of the Forum (Caesar’s Forum, I think) is right there when we cross the street.

The Victor Emmanuel Monument is right around the next corner.

Piazza Navona, which used to be one of the old Roman circuses. (Sorry for the blurry; I was walking.)

Dinner at Tre Scalini in Piazza Navona. I ate spaghetti pomodoro at almost every place we went. I think Romans put crack in the sauce.

Continuing our night walk (thanks for the tip, Rick Steves), we came to the Pantheon.

Michelle is the first to try the public water fountains. The water was good and cold. We must have saved hundreds of euro by not having to buy water.

Moving on… the Parliament building.

A couple of blocks away, the Trevi Fountain. Legend is if you don’t make a wish and throw in a coin, you’ll never return to Rome. I totally wished.

Last stop, the Spanish Steps. Here’s the view from about halfway up.

The next day we tried to go to the Colosseum, but the workers were on strike. Apparently that happens a lot. (There was a public transportation strike on our last day there.) It’s OK, we found plenty to do:

The Arch of Constantine

The details are incredible.

More details.

The Temple of Venus and Roma.

The Arch of Titus

Detail.

Back to the Pantheon, this time to go inside.

The artist Raphael’s tomb inside the Pantheon.

Tombs of King Umberto I and his wife Margherita, after whom that type of pizza is named. (For real.)

Paintings of the Virgin Mary are on the sides of a lot of buildings in Rome.

THE coffee place to go to, we were told. Their specialty is “granita di caffe con panna.” (Coffee slush with cream.)

It was pretty hard core. It was better once we mixed it up.

Just walking along and then boom! Random ancient colonnade.

We came to a piazza with this guarded building…

… and this view (again, sorry for the blurry) …

… and found out later that it was Piazza Quirinale, and that the Italian president lives in that building. There were so many moments like that, where we’d stroll through an area and find out later, oh, that’s where Caesar was assassinated. (More on that later.)

So that’s the first two days of the trip. I’m going to save the rest for next post. Coming up: The Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, The Colosseum, The Museum of Imperial Forums, our day trip to Santa Marinella, Campo de Fiori and The Borghese Gallery. Stay tuned!

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2 thoughts on “Italian Photo Explosion

  1. beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…thank you so much for sharing and wow, what a spectacular adventure…again, so very glad you got to go

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