30.8.12

Rome


Well, normally, this is a blog about Paris, so although Rome may be considered as my second most beloved Capital, I will try to make the text short. Furthermore, we spent little time in Rome, preferring enjoying the countryside, the swimming-pool… and the more close sightseeing had already been done at previous visits.

However…  a few pictures from some of the compulsory places, like Fontana di Trevi (see also top picture), Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Campo de Fiori, Monte Capitolino





Rome is of course full of “ruins” from Roman times, including the Colosseo.



One of the Roman buildings which stands as it was built 126 A.D. is the Pantheon. It still today has the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome!


Too many churches to visit, but here are a few views from Chiesa Santa Maria in Ara Coeli al Campidoglio, Chiesa Nuova, Chiesa del Gesu.


A special mention for Palazzo Farnese. Originally built for the Farnese family (popes…) during the 16th century, with Michelangelo as one of its architects, it’s now the French Embassy.


Some beautiful very old bridges lead over the Tiber, including the Ponte Fabricio, built 62 B.C….


 … which will bring you to the Trastevere on the other side of the river with its narrow streets, full of bars and restaurants… (I learnt that Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone grew up here and even were in the same school class for a year.)


Climbing the hill behind, the Janiculum, you have some splendid views over Rome.


Another way to get a view of all the towers and roofs is to get up on the Pincian Hill behind Piazza de Spagna, where you also will find Villa Medici, now belonging to the French Academy, Villa Borghese… and a lot of green space.


24 comments:

Nadege said...

Beautiful city Peter. It must have been hard leaving.

Julie said...

As with many European cities, Peter, it is nearly mandatory to live there for a month to get below the surface.

Olivier said...

une ville magnifique

Kittie Howard said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the trip down Memory Lane. My husband and I lived in Rome for six months, a wonderful experience.

Mystica said...

How does one decide which churches to visit whilst in Rome? There seems to be literally hundreds.

Jeanie said...

Catching up, Peter, and enjoying the Italy posts -- I've never been to Rome or anywhere in Italy for that matter, so it's a real joy to see it and discover more.

And your Paris flowers -- perfect!

Starman said...

Never made it to Rome. Sad.

SusuPetal said...


Oooooooooooh, that to fountain photo is from a fairy tale, beautiful!

claude said...

Mille merci pour cette belle visite, Peter. La fontaine de Trévise est magnifique.

Ola said...

Paris is beatiful but Rome also is:)

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ohma said...

Well... what can I say?
I think that all Europe is worthy of a visit,but Rome is Rome.
The capital of the old Roman Empire.
Thanks to you, Peter for showing us it.
Besos.

Ruth said...

Gorgeous. The light! The courtyard café at night is where I want to be.

Thérèse said...

Les rues sont bien encombrées, je comprends pourquoi le retour à la campagne a pu être apprécié en fin de journée.

hpy said...

Just a few pictures, you said...

Kate said...

Haven't been to Rome so I cannot compare the two. Your photos of both cities are always wonderful to view.

Studio at the Farm said...

GLORIOUS, Peter!!! I know, if I ever get to Rome again, I won't leave. :)

artclubblog.com said...

You really do capture the city beautifully!

baies de goji said...

I would really want to travel and visit Rome in the future. I'm quite fascinated with their heritage and culture. Plus the fact that its the most romantic city in the whole world.

Olivier said...

au plaisir de te voir le 7 au concert d'Ebena ;))

Anonymous said...

It looks so appealing despite the crowds and the heat.
Thanks for sharing with us this tour.
Europe in summer for me...just in pictures...

Cezar and Léia said...

Brilliant photo article dear Peter, your pictures are beautiful!
ahhh I miss Rome a lot! :)
bises et bon dimanche!
Léia

Simony said...

Oh I miss it so much! Such a great city! One can spend a month there and still not see it all. So rich!

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