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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Rome part one

As promised, here are some pictures from our recent visit to Rome. Apologies for the skewed ones!

Just around the corner from our hotel was the church of Santa Maria Maggiore which was built in the 5th century. This is one of it's domes and there were beautiful mosaics in the apse and elsewhere in this huge church.

This beautiful goldwork embroidery on the vestments of Pio V caught my eye as did this beautiful tassel.

We spent our first day traveling round on an open top bus and hopping on and off where we felt like it. First stop was the Coliseum and here is the Arch of Constantine which stands to the side of it.

A detail of the top of the arch.

The Palatine Hill is to one side of the Coliseum.

This is the Palazzo Senatorio on the Capitoline Hill with the bronze (copy) of Marcus Aurelius in front of it.

The original was cast in the second century AD.

From behind the Palazzo there is a splendid view of the Forum.

This famous statue of Romulus and Remus is to the left of the Palazzo.

Also on the Capitoline hill is the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli and these two singers were practising Panis Angelicus and it was lovely to sit and listen.

It also gave an opportunity to look at the beautiful ceiling.

Piazza Venezia.

Guarding the Eternal Flame and tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Vittorio Emanuele Monument.

A glimpse of the Pantheon built in AD 125

and the inside of it's magnificent dome.

Roof top gardens

Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona

Castel Sant'Angelo across the Tiber.

Tucked away down a back street near our hotel was the church of Santa Prassede where we found these beautiful mosaics.

A tiny side chapel had it's walls and ceiling completely covered

and there were more in the apse.

Thank you for taking the time to look at these pictures - next up St Peter's and the Vatican.


  1. Wow, what a wonderful trip that must have been with so many things to look at!! Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us.

  2. i love rome…my sister and i were lucky to visit just after the terrorist bombings in the USA, so the streets were very empty of crowds…10 days was not enough time to see the whole place…i love that little square with the elephant with the obelisk on his back…i was also lucky enough to be in the pantheon when it was raining and the water was coming through the dome…just some of the memories i have…thank you for bringing them back with your photos

  3. fantastic photos of Rome. I am in awe of the ancient Roman architecture and the churches are amazing.

  4. wonderful pictures..... thanks for sharing especially for someone like me who has never been there...

  5. I would love to visit Rome but unless I win the lotto that isn't about to happen so thanks so much for sharing this beautiful city with us . I think I would especially love to see the churches with the beautiful paintings , incredible , thanks again for sharing !

  6. Thanks for sharing your photos. Spectacular sites. Wow.

  7. Hello Lin,

    What an amazing amount of detail in each and every building. Some of those high up ones are truly magnificent. I did wonder if they had any spider webs up there!


    Happy days.

  8. Bela viagem!
    Quanta coisa interessante e bonita para se ver! Obrigada por compartilhar.
    Um abraço!

    Beautiful journey!
    How many interesting and beautiful thing to see! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Hi Lin Love your photos, thanks for sharing. Sounds like it was a fab trip. I am hoping to go to rome next June with my daughter, sister an niece. X:)


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