Rome: My thoughts & some Roman photos

Rome was our last stop in a whirlwind vacation consisting of a Mediterranean cruise and a tour of Italy's major cities.

It left me with mixed feelings. On the one hand, it was fascinating. A city with many layers, Medieval, Renaissance, Imperial and Republic. History oozes out of every cobblestone. There are historical sites around every corner and you find yourself wondering - am I supposed to recognise each one? We downloaded Rick Steve's audio guides and explored the attractions under his guidance. We also did the "free" (no charge but tip expected) walking tours in Rome but were not as impressed as we were with them in Venice. Nevertheless, if you're heading to The Eternal City and are wondering how to plan your time,  here's the perfect 3-day Rome itinerary .

On the other hand, I didn't realise how much I yearned for the South African bush until I was in Rome. The city was overrun with tourists and the chaos and crowds made me yearn for the solitude and serenity of the bush. We had some unsavoury experiences when my son forgot his new Florentine leather bag - containing his new tablet - on a bench near the Spanish Steps for a few minutes and it was stolen. Lightfingered Luigis also tried to open my husband's backpack on more than one occasion, on the Pickpocket Express (Bus 64) - while looking for valuables which they didn't find.

Nevertheless, Rome is a photographer's dream, with so much to capture. It was a difficult task to select just a few of my favourite Roman photos but here's my best attempt.

Inside the Colosseum -  the most famous structure in Rome
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Inside the Colosseum, the most famous ancient Rome attractions

Two gladiators have a conversation while waiting for customers
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Gladiators

Castel Sant'Angelo
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Castel Sant'Angelo

Arch of Constantine
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Arch of Constantine

Horse and carts await customers
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Horse and carts

The levitating man impresses tourists. See how he does it here.
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The levitating man

Forum of Augustus
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Forum of Augustus

Tiber River
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Tiber River

The Pantheon -The painter Raphael is buried here as well as two kings of Italy and a queen
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The Pantheon

Fresh fruit stall in Rome - the grapes and watermelon we bought were delicious
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Fresh fruit stall

The Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was undergoing renovations. The pedestrian bridge had a long queue waiting to walk on it. We decided to go and eat gelato instead.

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The Trevi Fountain

Pyramid of Cestius

 Did you know that there is a pyramid in Rome? It was built in 12BC

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Pyramid of Cestius

The National Monument of Victor Emmanuel II

The Vittorio Emanuele II marble monument, built at the end of the 19th century is relatively new, compared to the other famous monuments in Rome.IMG_3341

Vittorio Emanuele

Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps were covered with tourists.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

Villa Borghese Gardens

We spent half a day at the beautiful Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome's largest park. where we rode these family bicycles. There were also segways available.

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Villa Borghese Gardens

Pizza a Taglio

Of course, you can't go to Rome and not enjoy some Pizza a Taglio - Pizza by the slice!

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Pizza a Taglio

Here's how to see Rome in two days .

Find accommodation in Rome.

Get cheap flights to Rome.

Download Rick Steve's audio guides.

5 comments on “Rome: My thoughts & some Roman photos”

  1. Hey,

    I liked your photos, they bring back wonderful memories from my trip to Rome and Florence several years ago. Rome is magnificent, so many places to visit but my favorite was St Peter's Basilica and Michelangelo's Pieta.

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