Hey everyone! Welcome to the next installment in my Where I’ve Been Wednesday series. To all of you new readers, you can find out more about WIBW here. Today we are going to Rome, my second favorite city in Italy. I was able to make it south to Rome 4 times while I was stationed in Aviano and I loved it more and more every time because there is just so much to see!
There are fountains on almost every street corner
I found Pinnochio!
The views are stunning
and I’ve never been surrounded by SO. MUCH. HISTORY. Here is the Pantheon.
A portion of the Roman Forum and Constantine’s Arch
The Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, the first King of unified Italy. The columns are all covered up because they were cleaning. Beautiful none the less
I was there just when these were getting
There are sculptures everywhere! Seriously, I could stare at these for hours because of how intricate they are. Some of them seem like they could just spring to life.
I was able to visit Vatican City twice and both times it was SO overwhelming. I can’t explain it but it was fantastic and sometimes overly fantastic. I’ve never been surrounded by so much wealth. They have a ridiculous amount of wealth in history, money, gold, jewels, paintings, etc. I think my favorites inside were the tapestry rooms, Raphael’s four rooms and Michaelangelo’s “The Last Judgement.” I did get pictures of these but they’re home, so look out for Rome: Pt II.
I found the Roman Forum to be fascinating. There is just so much going on in the ruins there. Did you know that the heart of Rome’s ancient (2000 yrs) sewer system is right underneath it? That may sound gross and not that important but just think of how much Rome might not have grown/survived without it to keep disease under control. It’s crazy to think of all of the history surrounding you in the place, let alone beneath your feet!
This is the Arch of Constantine. It’s very cool to examine since it has his story engraved, carved and sculpted all over it.
and of course no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the Coliseum
This is the site of Circus Maximus, Rome’s very first stadium. It could hold up to 150,000 people. It was HUGE! Now it’s covered up by a field but you can still find the outline of the walls.
That palace in the background was where the Emperor could sit and watch the games. He didn’t even have to leave home
The Bridge of Angels preceding Castel San Angelo. This walk is simply beautiful.
and of course Trevi Fountain
I have SO MANY pictures of Rome and these don’t even begin to cover it. I mean I didn’t even mention Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps or the Catacombs! There may have to be a Pt III. I hope you enjoyed this week’s WIBW. Come back next week to see where we go next!
If you’d like to see where else WIBW has been, click any of the following links:
Venezia (Pt I)
Have a great day!