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!