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Welcome to Rome!
It’s not an easy city to photograph in the crowded tourism season but it’s hard not to be mesmerized by the history under your feet. It’s not a city – it’s a big museum. Where civilization began. The capital of the world. There is a saying that all roads lead to Rome… and while other Italian cities have captured my heart even more than Roma could ever dream, it’s important to start your Italian journey here to be enlightened by its art, food, music, creative thinkers… a living history lesson!

The Patheon’s dome (above and below). An archaeological feat created in 118 A.D.  The perfectly hemispherical concrete dome is exactly 141 feet tall and wide – imagine how they did this 1,900 years ago without vehicles or modern tools!

What a fun city to photograph – inside and out!

Castel Sant’Angelo a 2nd-century castle on the River Tiber

Street musicians in Trastevere, my favorite neighborhood in Rome

Piazza Navona (above and below) an elegant square dating from the 1st century A.D., with showy classical fountains, street artists & bars… and nuns 🙂

The Trevi fountain is – undoubtedly – the most famous of all the fountains in Europe. Its aqueducts supplied water to ancient Rome in 19 B.C. The fountain’s art was completed in 1762

I don’t feel it’s very artistic to take photos of someone else’s art but it’s hard to resist in the birthplace of the Renaissance. Especially when Trevi Fountain’s central figure Neptune, god of the sea, demands so much attention.

Our beautiful street at night.

Link: Spike’s Travel Guide To Italy
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican…the largest Catholic Church in the world (five football fields long). Those letters along the top ring are seven feet tall. I included people in the bottom of the image to give you perspective.

Hot afternoon sun over the Vatican

The Swiss Guard of Vatican City serves as both a ceremonial unit and security to The Pope. In this photo, they guard the Pope’s private residence. Established in 1506, it is one of the oldest military units in the world.

Nuns pray over the tomb of Pope John Paul II

This waiter responds when I ask: “Com’è la tua pizza?” (How is your pizza?)

a little snack in Campo d’Fiori

A good restaurant in Rome has a menu printed only in Italian.    A GREAT restaurant in Rome doesn’t have a menu at all… just a chalkboard displaying the chef’s creations of the day based on what he found fresh at the market that morning.

I watched our chef make this gnocchi by hand… buon appetito!

“Those who eat well, eat Italian.” I tried to peek in the kitchen whenever possible to see the cooks working. It’s an art!

the infamous Spanish Steps

Federico, a sign maker

Colosseo (opened its gates 80 A.D.)

Inside the Roman Colosseum

The courtyard to the apartment that was our home for three days

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Don’t tell the Pope I secretly took a photo of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling which is forbidden. This close-up of the “Creation of Adam” panel, circa 1511, may possibly be Western Art’s most famous image. Michelangelo will live on forever.

That’s it! More Italian cities to come soon.
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