Visiting Rome – Italy – Photos

Rome wasn't built in a day

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Visiting Rome was a real treat.  It’s an enchanting city and I’m very aware that there is much more to it than I managed to see – after all they say that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Visiting Rome

Visiting Rome

Rome was founded in 735 BC.  You must know the legend of Romulus and Remus – twin brothers who were brought up by a wolf and went on to found the city.  There is a square with a huge statue of the twins with the wolf, but I didn’t have time to visit it.  In those days it was an Iron Age hut village, but of course in later centuries the Roman Republic went on to conquer and rule much of Europe and North Africa.




St Peter's basilica

St Peter’s basilica

Vatican City

The Vatican is a city state within Rome, ruled by the Pope.  It was formed in 1929.  My hotel was near the Vatican City so I was able to visit it early in the morning and see it before the crowds had arrived.

First stop was St Peter’s Basilica.  The open square in front of this is the one where you see the crowds waiting for a papal blessing.  The building itself is one of those that overwhelms you completely – so much beauty to see.

Steps to St Peter's tomb

Steps to St Peter’s tomb

It is built over St Peter’s tomb and these are the steps (closed to the public) leading down to his tomb.  As you can see, they are right in front of the altar.

Within the Vatican Museum

Within the Vatican Museum

Vatican Museum

Next stop was the Vatican Museum, containing the Sistine Chapel.  Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of this room.  No photos allowed but it was absolutely breath taking.

Further on within the museum I came across this lovely sculpture in an open square.  I thought that the design was etched on the ball itself, but it’s actually cut into the ball and the dark bits are the inner ball.  Very clever.

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

Trevi Fountains

From there I made my way into Rome itself.  More by accident than design I found my way to the Trevi Fountains.  My sense of direction is hopeless and even Google Maps had trouble directing me there.  However it was well worth it when I eventually arrived there.  By this time there were loads of people around so I couldn’t get in close to the fountain.  Apparently you should throw three coins in the fountain (over your left shoulder).  The first is to ensure that you return to Rome, the second and third guarantee a romance and marriage.  I was content just to soak up the beauty of the sculptures and fountains.

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

Monument of Victor Emmanuel

The geographical centre of Rome is the Piazza Venezia.  This is dominated by the Monument of Victor Emmanuel.  It was only completed in 1925 so in Roman terms is relatively modern.  It’s built in white marble.  I thought it was beautiful but apparently it’s known locally as the typewriter building!

It would have been easy to spend a whole day exploring this square but I didn’t have the time.

 

Colosseum

Colosseum

Colosseum

The Colosseum is of course very much part of ancient Rome.  I didn’t take any photos of the outside because there are thousands of those photos all over the internet.  Instead I’ve chosen this photo of the interior to show you.  I was absolutely fascinated by the warren of rooms and corridors which lay underneath the arena.  This was where the gladiators, lions and prisoners were housed before they appeared in the arena.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Visiting Rome is such a treat because wherever you go you keep happening upon wonderful squares of great beauty.  Piazza Navona was one square that Google Maps and I happened on by accident.

It is actually one of the best known squares in Rome with fountains, statues and sculptures all over.  I rather liked this seagull perched on the head of one of the sculptures.  It was easier to get close to him than to the Bernini fountain which dominates the square.

Quilt inspiration

Quilt inspiration

Quilt Inspiration

Obviously visiting Rome provided mountains of ideas for quilts.  This is actually a floor tile design but it would make a gorgeous stained glass quilt – one day!

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Rose

I’ve made up a small video of some of the places I visited in Rome: