Part V: Rome... and the last portion of my trip. Boo hoo.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

{the Vatican}
{St. Peter's Basilica}
{Victor Emmanuel II Monument}
{St. Peter's in the distance, from the Spanish Steps}
{Pantheon}
{Trevi Fountain}
Our first view of Rome was a whirlwind tour, mostly of the Vatican, before we headed towards the Amalfi Coast.  It was hot.  It was crowded.  It was hot.  I already said that.  But, still, seeing the Colosseum for the first time, the Forum, the ruins that are almost everywhere you turn, was just amazing.  I imagined what life looked like here when the quote rang true: all roads lead to Rome.  What was less amazing was the price of a Coke and hot dog from one of the many vendors that run along the road by the Colosseum.  Needless to say, I did not partake in a Roman hot dog.  Anyway, as someone who grew up Catholic--altar girl and all--seeing the Vatican was among my number one things-to-do-while-in-Rome.  The Sistine Chapel... wowzas.  The Basilica... HUGE!  I am convinced that every single church in Italy--even their most meager and mundane--trump our churches.  But anyway, we headed towards Positano, then came back for a night in Rome before we left the next morning.  Rome during the day?  Yes, it was nice but as I said... hot and crowded.  Rome at night however... heaven.  We loved it.  The monuments light up, the crowds dissipate, the cafes are brimming with wine and sweet nothings in Italian (sounds romantic, doesn't it?) and the place is just lovely.  We loved Rome at night.  Especially, but not limited to, the Trevi Fountain.  There, I could stay forever (mixed with some of Italy's coast, please.).

21 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you about the Churches in Italy. However, they do have a couple hundred/thousand years on our country to develop their architect and history so I wouldn't hold it against us TOO badly ;D

    Ps - Just discovered your blog through Kelly Ann's and I'm so happy I did! You have a new follower.

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  2. Rome has such a wonderrful and romantic vibe and you did such a great photos:)

    Glad you had a blast:)
    Kisses and see you soon:)

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  3. lovely pictures. I can't wait to see Italy for myself.

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  4. wow. your pictures are incredible. well done.

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  5. Beautiful pictures of the entire trip and I feel honored to have been privy to your 'vacation album.'

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  6. Honestly, I would give anything to go to Europe. One day... In the meantime, I envy your trip because these pictures look incredible. So, so jealous!

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  7. so so dreamy still. too bad the pantheon had scaffolding up--- but i just love all these photos. they are so essentially roma.

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  8. beautiful photos, thanks for sharing your trip...looked amazing!

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  9. did you throw a coin in the fountain for a chance to come back?! :)

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  10. Rome looks so beautiful. I've really enjoyed your pics from the trip!



    Have a great weekend!

    xx
    Nikki

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  11. These are such amazing pictures! They really do the city justice!

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  12. you may or may not have noticed that i haven't been commenting on your fancy italian pics. it may or may not be because i want to punch your kind eyes and sexy body along with your hot and wise husband with sexy slightly greying blond hair in the face. or maybe he's not greying. but i imagine that he is and it makes him even hotter. freakin italy and you guys. congratulations on you life. xx

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  13. the last you in my paragraph should have had a r in it making it 'your'.

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  14. I loved the Trevi Fountain! So so so so pretty! The Vatican was lovely, and yes, The Italians have amazing chyrches! Rome at night is heaven! :)

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  15. kera, i sometimes want to knock out your gorgeous white smile.

    and you are hilarious.

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  16. gosh, this reminded me of how much I love ROME- beautiful.

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  17. these photos truly are stunning. i need a vacation, like now! :)

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  18. I went in Italy when I was younger and I have such beautiful memories of this journey. Thank you for sharing and make me remmber those moments!

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  19. Love Rome. Been three times in two years. It's such a walkable city.

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  20. oh geeez i miss Italy too! I was there for 3 weeks in September. Wish we could have made it to the Amalfi coast though! We spent our time in Rome, Florence (amazing!), Assisi and Naples :)

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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