Roma (Rome), Italy

Our first view of Roma, Italy, from the west, driving into the city center with the “Wedding Cake” (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) in the center (with the chariot on top); note church domes dominate the skyline, taller than any buildings

Our first view of Roma, Italy, from the west, driving into the city center with the “Wedding Cake” (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) in the center (with the chariot on top); note church domes dominate the skyline, taller than any buildings

 

Roma (Rome), Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display.  Ancient ruins such as the Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, which house masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.   We did an “overland” trip to Roma staying overnight in the city center for two nights, rather than making the long drive from the port of Civitavecchia round-trip daily.  Our focus on this trip was a cooking class with a local chef and enjoying our preparations as a late luncheon on his apartment’s rooftop terrace [see our next blog post] and a tour the next day of “underground Rome” [see an upcoming blog post].  Thus our photographs are not of the tourist highlights but rather vistas from our peregrinations around Roma.

 

An unusual view of the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna – there are no people walking and sitting on the steps, due to closure of the area for extensive renovations, Roma, Italy

An unusual view of the Spanish Steps at Piazza di Spagna – there are no people walking and sitting on the steps, due to closure of the area for extensive renovations, Roma, Italy

 

The main statue in Piazza del Popolo at the end of the main shopping street, Via dei Corso (the “Corso”), Roma, Italy

The main statue in Piazza del Popolo at the end of the main shopping street, Via dei Corso (the “Corso”), Roma, Italy

 

We had a delicious dinner at a trattoria favored by locals, Pierliugi, dining outside on the street, serenaded by local musicians and enjoying the view of the local neighborhood, Roma, Italy

We had a delicious dinner at a trattoria favored by locals, Pierliugi, dining outside on the street, serenaded by local musicians and enjoying the view of the local neighborhood, Roma, Italy

 

Interior of the Pantheon, build at the height of the Roman Empire (with an opening at the top of the dome roof!) and later converted into a church, Roma, Italy

Interior of the Pantheon, build at the height of the Roman Empire (with an opening at the top of the dome roof!) and later converted into a church, Roma, Italy

 

Piazza Navona, one of the most famous and arguably most beautiful of Rome's many squares, viewed from the southern end with the Baroque church designed by Borromini on the left-center and two of Bernini’s fountains visible, Roma, Italy

Piazza Navona, one of the most famous and arguably most beautiful of Rome’s many squares, viewed from the southern end with the Baroque church designed by Borromini on the left-center and two of Bernini’s fountains visible, Roma, Italy

 

The central Bernini fountain at Piaza Navona, Roma, Italy

The central Bernini fountain at Piaza Navona, Roma, Italy

 

Largo di Torre Argentina hosts four Republican Roman temples and is where Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed 23-times by his fellow senators on the Ides of March (15 March) behind the pine tree in the upper left, Roma, Italy

Largo di Torre Argentina hosts four Republican Roman temples and is where Emperor Julius Caesar was stabbed 23-times by his fellow senators on the Ides of March (15 March) behind the pine tree in the upper left, Roma, Italy

 

Sinagogia (Jewish Synagogue of Rome), on the bank of the Tiber, is the largest synagogue in Roma and was built in memory of the Ghetto created under orders of Paolo IV in 1555 where the city’s Jews were forced to live in squalid conditions until 1870

Sinagogia (Jewish Synagogue of Rome), on the bank of the Tiber, is the largest synagogue in Roma and was built in memory of the Ghetto created under orders of Paolo IV in 1555 where the city’s Jews were forced to live in squalid conditions until 1870

 

2 thoughts on “Roma (Rome), Italy

  1. The shops and cafes around the Spanish Steps must really be hurting with the Steps being closed for renovations.

    You took that photo of the Pantheon with a point and shoot camera??

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    • Roma overall did not seem as crowded as in past years, but guides and taxi drivers said that the crowds were normal for August. (In contrast, tourism in Nice, France, was off 30-40% after the terrorist attack, as was expected by the locals.) Around Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps the stores were not crowded, nor the streets, so the closure there clearly was impacting business.
      And, yes, my Canon S-110 point-and-shoot camera (smaller than my iPhone 6S) made the Pantheon image and everything else in my blogs over the past month. For critical situations I do carry around my much heavier (and “better”) Nikon Digital SLR camera.

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