Photos of Rome: A Storm, the Hills and the Tiber at Night

Dawn over St. Peter'sA storm is comingSt. Peter's in the rainA break in the stormLooking down at the rainThe rain and the sun
Apartments in the rainThe Gianicolo wallClouds above RomeYou're my sweet angelMonument to GaribaldiThe road through the trees
Mona Lisa musta had the highway bluesThe view over Rome from GianicoloFontana Dell'Acqua PaolaDetail of Fontana Dell'Acqua PaolaA mausoleum at nightTrees at night
Wake up!Reclaim the road signsTrastevere at nightThe Tiber at nightPlaying table football by the TiberA bridge at night

Rome: A Storm, the Hills and the Tiber at Night, a set on Flickr.

This is my second set of photos from my family holiday this year — in Italy, and, specifically, in Rome this week and, next week, a village in Abruzzo province. The eternal city (la città eterna) is one of the most extraordinary places I have ever visited — with its excellent cuisine, friendly locals and its unparalleled architectural wonders, the result, of course, of having been a major player on the world stage for nearly 3,000 years.

On our first evening, we were introduced to Rome’s super-sized architectural heritage via a visit to Piazza San Pietro, the colossal square in front of St. Peter’s Basilica (la Basilica di San Pietro) at the heart of the Vatican, and on Day 2, although we saw little of the city’s architectural splendours, we nevertheless had an inspiring day, despite being housebound for the whole afternoon as the entire city was drenched by a full-on tropical storm, which reduced the humidity sufficiently that we didn’t have to sleep outside, as we did on our first night. Read the rest of this entry »

Architecture on an Epic Scale: Photos of Arriving in Rome, Visiting St. Peter’s and the Vatican

Welcome to RomeBlue corridorThe monorailFlags on the autostradaThe view of St. Peter's from our balconyA view of the balcony
Bacchus on the streetStazione San PietroHouses and motorbikesThe tunnel and the hillSt. Peter's BasilicaThe Piazza San Pietro
Castel Sant'AngeloThe River Tiber, looking south west from outside the Castel Sant'AngeloThe River Tiber, looking east from outside the Castel Sant'AngeloThe angel on the bridgeThe seagull on the angelCastel Sant'Angelo from the south
The bus stop and the churchStatues on the bridgeThe approach to St. Peter's and the night skySt. Peter's and the night skySt. Peter's from the south west at nightSt. Peter's at night from our balcony

Architecture on an Epic Scale: Arriving in Rome, Visiting St. Peter’s and the Vatican, a set on Flickr.

I’m on holiday right now, in Rome, an astonishing city, saturated in history, and still, of course, the centre of the Catholic church worldwide. Italy is a country that I have loved for a long time — on a visit as a child, as part of a family tour of Europe in our sky blue Triumph, in which we camping in France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany, and, in Italy,  passed though dozens of tunnels, visiting Pisa and Firenze, and finding marble quarries high in the mountains; Many years later, with an Italian girlfriend, I visited Milano on numerous occasions, and also made memorable trips to Venezia, to Calabria and to Como — and it wads during this time that I learnt Italian, learned to love espresso, and also learned the basics of Italian cookery.

Fast forward to my life now, with my wife, Dot, and my son, Tyler, and Italy — along with Spain, and, last year, Greece — is one of the regular features of our family holidays in the Mediterranean. A few years ago, we had an amazing Easter holiday in Sicilia, and we also had a short holiday in Firenze, and, two years ago, a two-week bonanza with the first week in Puglia and the second in Napoli, which must rank as the most extraordinary city in western Europe, full of contradictions that are normally only associated with the developing world. Read the rest of this entry »

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