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.
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.