When in Rome

We’re being woken by birds and sunshine these days, and walking through weather almost as warm as Italy. Here it is, over a week since we’ve been back from our travels. No joke, we’re only about halfway through the photos.
If you’ve missed them, check out our latest travels here:

Overview of all 9 cities
Amalfi Coast
Mozzarella factory
Florence and Tuscany
(and a couple in-betweeners here and here.)

Rome is an epic destination, with pagan, Biblical and early Christian history stuck into the ancient mortar and arches. I could write scrolls upon scrolls about this place, but for now, to keep this blog fresh and recent (and to keep you reading!), allow me yet again to summarize. Fast and furious, viva Roma!
Rome2011_0582(Is there a gene for competition?)

Walk and Alie
Since we’ve been married, we’ve taken about 10 photos of us together (for shame), so here are two to boost up the stats by about 20%.

Spanish steps
The widest steps in Europe, they abut the house where poet John Keats lived and died,
and welcome a whole lot of happy campers as the sun slips away.Rome2011_0556

Arches, and poppies.
The Greeks and Egyptians may have invented the idea of an arch, but the Romans popularized and propagated it.

Titus arch.
Built by Jewish captives for the Roman Emperor Titus to commemorate his victory over Jerusalem (which the Gospels prophesied) in 70 A.D.

Trees and columns
These trees make me think a giraffe is going to lope through the photo; nope, just columns of the Roman forum reside in this park.

Safari scenery meets the villas, right?


Rome just can’t get rid of it, I tell you! The sheer age of all of this is boggling.
It really is spectacular how old everything in Rome is. The Pantheon, an ancient temple, revolutionized the dome ceiling. Rome2011_4811

Rome2011_4800The night sky was utterly captivating and haunting through the eye of this buildingRome2011_4774now turned into a Catholic sanctuary.Rome2011_4786Other famous upwards views in town include these, spotted in the Vatican, the single wealthiest place I’ve ever been, I reckon.

The Vatican houses the one of the holiest sites in Catholicism, St Peter’s Basilica, where Peter is allegedly buried. Although the building is mammoth and ornate, I was surprised at how non-gaudy it was. Walker shot this, and I think those beams are wonderful. Go, hubby!
Rome2011_4973This is another view of the Basilica. Sadly, photos of the nearby Sistine Chapel were strictly prohibited; walking underneath that famous reach was dizzying, humbling. Go, Michaelangelo! Rome2011_4949Our Vatican and Colosseum tour guide’s name was Guido, a full fledged art geek. Here he’s pointing out the Vatican (I think, but obviously, I’m distracted by the man with the camera) on an ancient map.Rome2011_4934These tapestries covered whole walls for a long hallway; Guido said it took a day to weave 10 square centimeters.Rome2011_4921The Colosseum, famous of the famed icons in Rome, reminded me of a sports stadium. Except not. Strange what can seem normal.
Rome2011_0629The only time I’ve ever wanted to rewatch Gladiator was inside here. You do have a name? My name is ‘Gladiator’. These compartments were for the wild animals; primitive elevators and trap doors released them to the arena. Rome2011_5046Moving on to the more cheerful, this is my smile of pure relief for the shade. I thought I’d never say this again, but the sun was actually too hot. Rome2011_0648Check it out: the most famous fountain in the world, the Trevi Fountain,Rome2011_4763and the most fabulous mom-in-law in the world.
Rome2011_4724As we walked along the ancient buildings and roads, above us, on the modern roads, Eastern music blared and hundreds of red balloons floated. Bonus points for telling us what they (many senior citizens) were celebrating (protesting?). We’re still at a loss.Rome2011_4860An empire that dominated the world was housed in this town 2000 years ago, and today there is this, Rome2011_4734and a sense that you might just find a leather sandal strap buried in the grass. Old is the new new.

13 Responses to “When in Rome”

  1. Wow… it is all so beautiful! I have always wanted to see Rome. I hope some day I will be able to. I am guessing the red balloons are about pensions or something like that maybe? :) St Peter’s Basilica is gorgeous. I also thought it might come off as gaudy, but it is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your travels with us. I love it! :)

    1. Aw, thanks!! Hope you get to see it live someday:).

    1. I should’ve known you’d find it! Thanks:).

  2. I will NEVER get tired of Rome. Your pictures are just fantastic!

  3. Hi Alie! Beautiful pictures! I’ve seen some of these just recently too. My sister just got back from Italy. You were probably there when she was. She went with her class in school. She’s 17 now…. I just love your blog! Just found it from reading a post at chatting at the sky. Glad I found it! Have a great day! Happy Easter!! ~Jenni

  4. Alie- Loving your photos! They all have such an amazing glow, like you captured the light just right! Thanks for sharing your trip–xo

  5. Thanks for commenting on my blog! I loved this post. It is my dream to go to Italy, for now I will have to enjoy it through your beautiful pictures!

  6. I feel like I’ve been to Rome! Your photography is stunning!

    1. Thank you, Barb! That’s so kind. Half the credit, at least, goes to my husband, as we both had cameras:).

  7. My sister is visiting Rome next month so I will share these beautiful photos with her.

    1. Terrific!

  8. If there is a gene for competition, all of us Lees have it firmly imprinted on our DNA.

    I am promptly crossing “tapestry weaving” off my career choice list. That’s right up there with clay animation in the amount of patience needed.

    I think by “rewatch Gladiator” you actually mean, watch the 2/3 rds you missed the first time and rewatch the 1/3 that wasn’t “too gory”… just sayin’.

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