The Colosseum at night.
Interior of the Colosseum.
The Arch of Constantine that celebrates his triumph over Maxentius at the Milvian bridge on October 28th, 312 AD.
Cobble stone walkway alongside the Colosseum.
The Palatine Hill, just beyond the Circus Maximus.
Filling up with water. Public fountains are located throughout the city and the water is cool and tastes great. Without these fountains, the streets would be littered with water bottles and dead tourists!
The Victor Emmanuel II Monument. Victor Emmanuel was the first king of a unified Italy in 1861.
Bev testing the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) in the portico of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Her hand emerged with all fingers intact so apparently she doesn't tell lies.
The skull of St. Valentine in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. How romantic!
The Temple of Hercules Victor.
Interior of the Basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Michelangelo's “Christ the Redeemer”, Santa Maria sopra Minerva
Piazza Navona, home of three fountains.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) in the Piazza Navona. This 1651 fountain has figures representing the four great rivers of the time: the Nile in Africa, Ganges in Asia, Danube in Europe, and Río de la Plata in America.
Bernini's “Angel with the Lance” on the Ponte Sant'Angelo.
Ponte Sant'Angelo with Bernini's 10 angels.
View of the Vatican from Castelli Sant'Angelo.
I wonder how many tourists had to die before they put the sign up. I like that there are two people falling out of the window, one after the other.
Ponte Cestio over the Tiber river.
Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II, Piazza del Popolo.
Statuary, Piazza del Poppolo.
Laocoön and His Sons, 2nd century BC, Vatican Museum. In Greek mythology, the Trojan prince Laocoön was attacked by gigantic sea-snakes after warning his people not to accept the Trojan horse into the city. Thinking that Laocoön’s fate was a punishment for impiety, the Trojans rejected his advice and brought destruction on themselves.
The Apollo Belvedere, Vatican Museum, circa 4th century BC.
The Belvedere Torso. This sculpture was the inspiration for many of Michelangelo's figures on the Sistine ceiling.
Raphael's ”School of Athens“. There are portraits of Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo scattered through the crowd.
St. Peter's Basilica.
Tuscan colonnades, St. Peter's Square.
Entering St. Peter's Basilica. You have to see it in person to get an idea of the scale and grandeur as it really is beyond description. Note the size of the people in the lower left.
Michelangelo's Pietà, behind bullet proof glass.
St. Peter's Basilica
The embalmed body of Pope John XXIII.
Bernini's 30 meter tall baldacchino which stands above the altar.
Roof of Bernini's baldacchino.
Crypt of the Capuchin monks.
The Forum at night from the Campidoglio. The Campidoglio is the piazza designed by Michelangelo at the top of the Capitoline hill.
Trajan's column that depicts his victory over the Dacians.
Temple of Saturn, 500 BC.
The Umbilicus Urbis. This is ancient Rome's “belly button”, the point from which all distance measurements were made.
The Arch of Septimius Severus - 203 AD
Relief on the arch of Titus showing the spoils from the sacking of the Temple of Jerusalem.
Titus making his triumphal procession after supressing the Jewish revolt that ended in 72 AD.
Frieze in the Forum of Nerva showing women making cloth and performing other domestic duties.
Fruit vendor by the Forum. This guy wanted almost 6 Euros for two peaches! No thanks.
Ceiling of Church of the Gesu, mother church of the Jesuits.
The Appian Way. This was the main road heading to Rome from the south of Italy.
The catacombs of San Callisto, outside of Rome on the Appian Way. The tunnels extend for 26 kilometers on 4 levels underground.
Bernini's “Ecstacy of St. Theresa” in Santa Maria della Vittoria. This statue was one of the steps in the Path of Illumination in the book "Angels & Demons".
Santa Maria della Vittoria
Santa Maria Maggiore.
The Pantheon at night.
Dome of the Pantheon.
The Spanish Steps at night.
Bev on the Spanish Steps
The theatre at Ostia Antica. Ostia Antica was the ancient port town for Rome. Cargo would arrive here from around the Mediterranean then be shipped up the Tiber to Rome.
Mosaics at the Temple of Neptune at Ostia Antica.
Public toilets at Ostia Antica. Sure hope you like doing your stuff in public. Now where's my sponge?
Body builder mosaics at Ostia Antica.
Posing with Alexander Alexandrinus and Aurelianus Helix at Ostia Antica. These guys were the Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali of their day and were celebrated around the empire.
Entering Villa d'Este, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
View from the villa. The villa was created by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este and he liked fountains. I mean he REALLY liked fountains.
The Fontana dell'Ovato, Villa d'Este.
Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains), Villa d'Este. In truth, there are two hundred fountains in this wall.
Fountain of Artemis of Ephesus. There's some debate about whether the lumps on her body are multiple breasts or bull's testicles.
Tivoli from Hadrian's Villa. The villa was created as a retreat from Rome for Emperor Hadrian in the early 2nd century. Hadrian was said to dislike the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. During the later years of his reign, he actually governed the empire from the villa.
Pecile (fish pond), Hadrian's Villa. The emperor would keep this pond stocked with fish for fresh sea food, far from the ocean.
Bev at Hadrian's Villa.
Buns of stone! The Canopus at Hadrian's Villa. These are actually concrete replicas - the originals are kept in the on-site museum.
The Canopus at Hadrian's Villa.
This restaurant, on Piazza Garibaldi in Tivoli, serves the best pizza I've ever had. And, according to their sign, they only came in 15th in the Pizza World Championships of 2004!
Alfredo alla Scrofa, home of Fettuccine Alfredo.
My favourite restaurant in Rome, Pasta Love.
The best gelato I found was from this gelateria, near Santa Maria Maggiore. My favourite flavours were fig and blood orange. Bev's favourite was coconut.
Having a Bellini at Harry's Bar. It's not related to the real Harry's Bar in Venice but it sure was nice.
Capitoline Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, Piazza del Campidoglio. This is a copy of the original which is in the Capitoline Museum, just across the piazza.
Busts in the Hall of Emperors, Capitoline Museum.
“The Dying Gaul”, Capitoline Museum.
"The Wounded Amazon”, Capitoline Museum.
Vespasian and his son Titus, Capitoline Museum.
The Capitoline Wolf, suckling Romulus and Remus, Capitoline Museum.
Bev finds another pot for our garden!
Fruit vendor in the Campo di Fiori.
Roman street dogs getting some relief from the heat.