Bella Roma

Beautiful beautiful Rome.  Eight years ago I promised that i’d return one day, I tossed a coin in the Trevi Fountain and guess what, my wish was granted.

Rome is such a gorgeous city with it’s maze of streets, ancient history and a crazy mix of chaos and calm.  There are so many treasures to draw you in, archaeological, art, aqueducts, villas, fountains, churches, palaces, historical buildings, the monuments and ruins of the Roman Forum, Vatican city, museums museums museums.  I’m sure you could honestly spend a year there are not see it all.  There are SO many people wandering the streets everyday and bumping into you, the most tourists i’ve ever noticed before in one city.  It was a little overwhelming.  We all have that same list of places to visit in Rome, however most people only have a couple of days in which to see it all.  There’s queues, pushing, bus loads of people in front of you, and high entry prices.  It causes impatience and exhaustion and gives you that love/hate feeling you get when all this chaos is combined with a constant 35 degree heat.  You can overlook it though i guess, and most of the time we managed to find a shady, cool corner to get away from it, or a quiet lane to walk down where you wouldn’t hear a soul.  Hard to believe in a city that gets up to 10 million visitors per year!

Thankfully, for us, we had almost a week to explore Rome.  We had a wonderful, lovely home to stay in as a very close family friend was working in Rome at the time (thank you Kay!).  It was so great to have the time to chat and catch up and be able to relax and really enjoy our time there, eating, drinking and wandering around.  No rushing about for us!  We got to all the main sights taking our time at each, and spent some afternoons just sitting at different panoramas, overlooking the city and it’s people below.

In order of appearance:  Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Via Condotti, Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Vatican Museums, St Peters Basilica, Villa Borghese.

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N.B.  Did you notice no photos of the Roman Forum and National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II.  Yeah, my camera battery went flat.  No backup.  It happens to the best of us.

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