Lobby, Hotel Giotto, Rome.
Welcome to the Colosseum.
I can only assume the cross is there to commemorate all the Christians eaten in this very arena.
The carver's name!
Looking out the window from the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill complex.
Playing with my zoom. It works.
Yup, that's the Colosseum, right in the middle of the street.
Arch of Constantine
At the entrance to the Palatine Hill complex. Temple to...someone. There were so many! I don't remember!
Fantastic tree on Palatine Hill.
The ruins of an imperial palace on Palatine Hill.
The Stadium on Palatine Hill.
George is in there for scale.
Arch of Titus, at the Forum.
No, I don't think that crown piece looks all that stable, either.
Looking around from the floor of the Forum. These were the stones that Caesar and Cleopatra walked on, which is pretty flippin' cool.
Temple of Octavia, in the Jewish Ghetto.
Hotel in the center of Rome. I can't decide if it's shabby-chic or just shabby.
More Vatican wall, a/k/a the border of a country.
At the entrance to the Vatican museum.
Swanky new entrance dedicated by JPII.
St. Peter's Basilica.
Yes, it's a carving of a giant pinecone, flanked by peacocks. Because.
It's called "Sphere", and we saw a scale model of it at the Peggy Guggenheim gallery, as well.
Here is George for scale.
I love this guy.
That is one papal clay pot.
Notice the insignia.
It's a giant carved toe.
Seriously, how do they DO that with stone?
Mosaic. I need flooring like this.
This is, to put it mildly, one big-ass brazier.
How's about a little 3000-year-old hieroglyph?
Anubis, you old jackal-headed god, you.
Map room, the Vatican Museum.
Sistine Chapel. Jam-packed.
Sistine Chapel, ceiling.
Nobody looks at the floor of the Chapel. It's stunning!
This crotch cover gives me giggles.
Adam & Eve being expelled from Eden.
Altar at St. Peter's.
Looking from the altar towards the front doors. Notice the middle window...
Zoom through the middle window at St. Peter's.
St. Peter's Square.
Well, hellooo, Mr. Fancypants.
This is the balcony the Pope makes his appearances on.
Down the street from the Vatican.
Best. Tchotches display. Ever.
Old-timey catapult ammunition.
Capped well and bucket pulley.
Groovy lightplay on the cannon reinforcements.
And across the street from a fortified castle? A merry-go-round.
Here's looking out your old murderhole.
I have no idea what this guy was doing, but he kept whapping whatever was on this easel with the back of his hand.
Perfect for pouring boiling oil on your enemies.
Check out the funky pointy helmets!
Going down towards what used to be Hadrian's tomb.
Part of the original floor.
What the Castel used to look like until the Pope took it over.
Former site of Hadrian's tomb.
Weirdest/coolest bridge/walkway ever.
Italy, you owe me for this.
Most regretful woman ever: she just fed that pigeon.
St. Michael, taking over the Castel from Hadrian.
I love all the domes in easy view.
One end of the Circus Maximus. Note the holding pens in the foreground and yes, that's the Palatine Hill complex in the back.
If they had loudspeakers in ancient Rome, this is where they would have been.
They're really working on restoring it.
From the dead-center of the Circus.
Looking back up at Palatine Hill.
In line for the Bocca della Verita.
A relic of St. Valentine.
Some beautiful icon work.
Check out that door! And as always, the floor.
Dig the stone pulpit.
At Piazza Navona. Because everything's better with a pigeon on his head.
Palazzo Pamphili at Piazza Navona.
Fountain of the Four Rivers.
These guys are trouble.