Thursday, September 20, 2012

AlphabeThursday - R is for Rome



When we first went to Italy in the Spring, we spent two days in Rome.  It was our first glance at the country, and served as our departing city, two weeks later.  The feel, when we arrived and departed, was so different.  You know how it is, when you first land in a strange place.  Everything is so "foreign".  Here, the sites and sounds were so much different than any city I'd been in before.


Our first afternoon, we visited the Pantheon.  Above is the exterior, with another fountain!  The Basilica (top right) is partially open; that's the sky up there!  There are signs for quiet all over, but everybody was talking.  A man over a microphone keeps saying "silence!" in different languages.


My brother, Nikki and I also went for a walk to the Treve Fountain and the Spanish Steps.  I thought this was an interesting close-up of the fountain.  This has got to be the most beautiful fountain in Rome.  You can see Nikki in the photo on the right, taking a photograph of the Spanish Steps (I always seen to be lagging a little behind everyone else!)  They are named after the Spanish Embassy, I'm supposing the white building on the hill.  We climbed to the first landing, to get a good view of the city.


On our second day in Italy, we went to the Vatican, where my mom booked a tour for us before we left the states.  We spent close to the whole day walking there, on the tour, and walking back to our rooms.  I'll write more about that in my Letter V post.  Here is a photo of the Vatican from St. Peter's Square.  Probably the largest square in Rome - this is where all those people stand to see the Pope speak on his balcony.  


Like I said, our last two days in Italy we were also in Rome.  We arrived late in the afternoon and rushed to the Coliseum, since we were going to the airport the next morning.  I didn't get inside the Coliseum, but my nephew beat us over there, before they "closed the doors".  The rest of us just walked around the building and up a trail on the Palatine Hill.  


Here's a view of the Arch of Titus from a path we took up the Palatine Hill.  


This is the Victor Emmanuel Monument.  He was the King of Sardinia, and the monument was erected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country's unification in 1861.  From this vantage point you can't see the world's largest equestrian statue (with the king on a horse).  But I love the two bronze quadrigaes, each with a winged Victory.  The sun was getting low here, and the monument is just breath-taking! 

Hope you enjoyed some more sights of Italy.  The first of my trip I used my camera; after a day or two, most all my photographs were taken with my Smart phone.  So glad I bought it before we went on our trip!

You can visit other blogs and see what Letter R word they chose, 
at the link party on Ms. Jenny's blog ...off on my tangent...    

17 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love the shot of the inside of the Basilica! And the Coliseum is amazing! I'd love to see it in person some day!

Cathy Kennedy said...

The architecture is really amazing in faraway places. Thanks for sharing. I was so riveted with your photos!

Judie said...

Our granddaughter is working on her Master's in Spain, and she goes to Rome whenever she has the chance. She adores it!!

Nancy said...

Ah gorgeous! It reminds me of my trip;)

BeadedTail said...

It's just so fascinating to see the architecture in other countries! One day I hope to see it in person too!

Karen S. said...

Such enchantment! I know someday I will walk these streets of Rome!

artisanallunwound said...

GREAT photos! The Victor Emmanuel Monument is very cool.

All those cobblestones in the square remind me of the streets in other parts of Europe. TFS!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

What unbelievable history to see and explore! That's a trip you'll never forget!

Monica said...

We lived in Italy for 5 years (thanks to the US Air Force) and visited Rome in 2010. It is a GREAT city. I wish we'd been able to go more than once.

Esther Joy said...

You said you always seem to be lagging behind... I imagine it's because you're the one with the camera getting all these great shots!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love getting to go on tour of this wonderful city with you.

Rose said...

Just stunning! You got to see so many incredible landmarks.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful trip! Many of your photos brought back memories to me as I've visited Rome a few times. I'd lve to return again one day.

Claudia Willison said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures. I have never been to Rome and enjoyed seeing it through your eyes.

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Splendid Little Stars said...

I love your photos! I feel like I'm on a mini-trip! I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to be there.
(I wish there were more art on the streets of our cities in the US.)

Zia Blue said...

omg, stunning! that's where i'll be in march... these photos certainly whetted my appetite :)

Zia
singing-blue.blogspot.ca

Jenny said...

When in Rome take really beautiful photographs!

Oh wait!

You did that!

These felt like a mini-trip!

I loved it...especially since I'm not even dressed yet at 3:30 in the afternoon!

Thank you for linking.

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