The picture above was taken at the Piazza Venezia. The statues are huge and beautiful.
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Okay, after our Ireland Trip, we spent the second half of our globe trotting jaunt in Rome, Italy. Darling hub Christopher’s brother lives there with his wife and and twin girls. My in-laws. So, we essentially go there to visit them. It’s a ten minute walk to the Vatican from where they live. This was our second Italy trip. The first was 3 years ago. Everything looked the same this time, just 3 years older. Hehe
Below is a photo of St. Peter’s square, right in front of the Vatican.
We spent 4 full days in Rome this year. One thing I’m glad about is that instead of being jet lagged in Italy, we were able to recover from most of it in Ireland, so we could be “fully” there with the family.
The weather was HOT, which surprised me a bit since this was the end of September. Temperatures were in the 80’s. One of the things I love about Rome is how easy it is to walk everywhere. We could have used buses or the Metro but I much preferred taking in the sights on foot. And we were able to work off all that great food our sister-in law cooked us.
The next few photos are of the Colosseum which is mostly in ruins but still a glorious sight. This is where they held gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. I kept wanting to blink, not really believing I was seeing something so old and majestic. This structure took 8 years to build. They started in 72 AD and finished in 80 AD.
And here’s a different perspective. 🙂
Here is the Pantheon, which is one of the best-preserved of all ancient Roman buildings. It was built in 118 AD.
Here’s a a photo of the inside. So beautiful, though the photos don’t do the real thing justice.
Here’s a photo of the inside of the dome.
This picture was taken on Janiculum Hill. I love the mountain in the distance. The panoramic view from this hill is simply breath taking. This is just one small section. As you can see, Rome has no skyscrapers, which makes for an unbroken sight line of several miles.
Here is the famous Trevi Fountain. (Excuse the finger in the upper right corner of this picture!) This fountain is the terminus of an ancient aqueduct that brings water to Rome from 14 miles away. It is a sight worth seeing!
Another great tourist attraction is the Spanish Steps. There are 138 steps that go up to the Trinità dei Monti, which is a French church. Down below is a fountain called Fontana della Barcaccia or for us English speaking peeps – Fountain of the Old Boat. Unfortunately, the view of the fountain is lost to me because of the pesky people who stood in front of it. Didn’t they know I was trying to take a photo? Jeesh!
The photo below is of the Arch of Constantine.
The next photo is of the river Tiber. At 252 miles, it is the third longest river in Italy. The building on the left is the Castel Sant’Angelo, which at first was intended to be a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his family, it is now a museum. I love the moody sky in this photo.
I’m not sure there is much significance to the next photo other than I loved the sun on the buildings and the sky.
These last two photos where taken from our table at Gran Caffe Roma. It’s on the beautiful Via Vittorio Veneto, which runs in a lovely slope from Villa Borghese at the top to the Piazza Barberini at the bottom. Here Christopher had tea, I had a decaf caffe americano and we shared a couple of lovely treats. The first was a pastry called sfogliatelle filled with marzipan. The second was a nutella-filled croissant. Um, YUM! Just enough to keep up our strength for the ride home to lunch.
I hope you enjoyed looking at the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.