Italy: Photo Blog (pt.3 – Rome)

The third and final city I visited was Rome (aka: Roma).  There was so much to see and experience in Italy’s capital!  It was a mixture of historic monuments and big city modernism.

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Unfortunately, a lot of the cool things I got to see in Italy were in places where photos are not allowed.  You wouldn’t be able to tell from my photos, but I actually spent a lot of time in museums.  Yet, I still managed to take about 1,800 photos in Rome alone, over the course of four days…

Umbria view

Umbria view

I stopped by Umbria for a short wine tasting before heading to Rome from Florence.  It had a beautiful view and great tasting wine!

Pantheon

The Pantheon

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

I tried to take many panoramic shots in Rome, since there are so many huge monuments and they wouldn’t fit in a single frame.  Some of the panoramics came out better than others.  Some needed tweaking.  And some turned out two-toned, jagged, misshapen, and just bizarre looking…

Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers

Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers

Metro station

Metro station

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

The ever crowded Trevi Fountain

The ever crowded Trevi Fountain

Victor Emmanuel Monument (aka: Altar of the Fatherland)

Victor Emmanuel Monument (aka: Altar of the Fatherland)

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The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum and people everywhere!

Inside the Colosseum with people everywhere!

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I took way too many photos at the Colosseum.  But how can you not when you’re standing inside one of the most iconic structures of the ancient world?

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Of all the places I saw in Italy, I think the Forum was possibly the most magnificent, in my opinion.  It didn’t have the glitz and glamor of the churches or the well preserved intricacies exhibited in the museums, but it was the only place that really gave me a feeling of almost stepping back into the ages when Caesars ruled.  Despite the hordes of tourists, scaffolding, and obvious destruction, being able to walk through the area, look in any direction (especially upward), and see gigantic and ancient stone monuments towering over me was humbling. You really get the feeling of a city and not just a single preserved building!

Aventino Hill

Aventino Hill

Keyhole view of the Vatican

Keyhole view of the Vatican from Aventino Hill

Vatican City

Vatican City

Vatican Museum ceilings

Vatican Museum ceilings

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St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter’s Basilica

Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo

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Right across the street from the Piazza del Popolo, there was just a cat lounging along a gated wall.  It gave me quite a chuckle when I turned around and noticed the Piazza del Popolo wall featuring some part feline-esque sculptures with a very similar pose.  Is life imitating art or is it the other way around???

Ponte Sant'Angelo

Ponte Sant’Angelo

I was especially excited to see the Ponte Sant’Angelo/Castel Sant’Angelo because I remembered its scene in the movie, Angels and Demons.  Sadly, the bridge was overcrowded with street vendors, kind of killing the feel of it.

Michelangelo's Moses at the Church of St. Peter in Chains

Michelangelo’s Moses at the Church of St. Peter in Chains

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If you’d like to see more, you can check out: Part 1-Venice and Part 2-Florence.  🙂

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