Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Italy Part III - Rome

From Florence we left for Rome and I fell in love with this city almost instantly. From the moment we got off the train, it was so easy to find our way around, people were really friendly and we mastered their awesome subway system right away. We chose a hotel far away from the tourist sights and this was our subway station:
The first place we went to see was the Trevi Fountain. The most amazing thing about this picture is that there's no one it. Probably the only picture from Rome without other tourists in the picture :) But, seriously, this is amazing!

After the Trevi Fountain we walked over to the Spanish Steps and hung out there for a while:
Taken from the Spanish Steps:
Our first dinner in Rome:

The next day we woke up super early to make our appointment for the Borghese Gallery. The collection of art they have is very impressive but I really fell in love with the gardens around it:

Gotta have a tourist shots in front of the Coliseum. Probably my most favorite ruin in Rome.
Inside the Coliseum:
The next day in between gelato stops, we saw the Pantheon and words cannot describe how beautiful and well preserved it is:
The day we saw the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill was almost as hot as an Arizona summer day. There are some priceless photos of me with my rain jacket wrapped around my head trying to stay cool but I decided it was best to leave it off.
Speaking of brides, I'm pretty sure Rome is the wedding capital of the world! There was a bride and groom in every corner. One thing I noticed is that their bouquets are pretty different and a little smaller than the ones I usually see in States and so I thought I'd share this one with you. It might give you some ideas...

I seriously wish I could buy all the furniture for my house at this store. I took this picture while Curtis dragged me across the street while dodging the cars (note the little red guy), but I just had to share with you how cool this dinning table and chairs are. I love it that it has a modern look but with a little antique feel to it. If you ever see anything similar to this in the States, let me know!
The Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica were even more impressive and more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I took a million photos there, but I'm sure you've also seen a million other photos taken there. And on that note I have to share that while in the Sistine Chapel it made me sad to see so many people snapping away their flash photos even though there are clear signs asking visitors to be respectful of the space and refrain from photography. To be honest it was actually hard to see since there were so many people taking flash photos. It was beautiful nonetheless.
One more picture of me as to not disappoint my mom:
The stairwell that leads you out of the Vatican is stunning!
I was kind of obssessed with all its details:
Hmm, this probably more than enough from Rome. Tomorrow get ready for Naples and Capri!


Mary said...

Ha, first one to comment! Your pictures make me 1: want to go to europe, and 2: get some use out of my camera! Love the photos, I'll see you Thursday!

Stephanie said...

Wow, Wow, WOW. Now I want to go to Rome. It's beautiful - and that little restaurant you went to for your "first dinner in Rome" looks perfectly charming.

Christa Scott said...

I absolutely LOVED Rome when I visited...looking at your pictures brought back so many memories. Your pictures are fabulous!! Thank you for posting!

Lisette Price Photography said...

Okay I am SO jealous! These photos are stunning!

mommaboop said...

I'm just laughing and reminiscing about my trips to Venice and Rome. I had similar experiences too with the nasty pigeons in St Marks, the awe of the Vatican (from a nonCatholic), and the crazy chaos yet somehow laid back lifestyle of Italia! But the best part of Italia, my little souvenir, Maggie.

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