My friend called me the day before I left and said "Don't take pictures of just the sights, take pictures of the people". So as we traveled from Rome south to Sorrento then north to Venice, I was captivated. In several different blog posts, I hope I can take you with me through my camera lens .
Roof top view of the ancient city of Rome. From this vantage point it is easy to understand the phrase "All Roads lead to Rome".
Rome is synonymous with the Colosseum. I had just finished reading a series of books by Francine Rivers "The Mark of the Lion" which is set in Bible times, so it really took me there. A feeling like I had never had before came over me as I stood looking at the very arena where men fought to the death, a place where Christians were fed to lions, and all the while Romans watched and cheered as their blood was spilled.
The majority of Michelangelo's work is found in Italy. His three most famous statues: "The David", "The Moses" and "Pieta" as well as the fresco paintings in the Sistine Chapel. Unfortunately no cameras allowed in the Sistine Chapel.
Moses sporting horns is a little disturbing...the guide said it was to show power and appear as rays of light when the sun came through the window.
This statue is found in St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican City. It is my most favorite statue because it shows Mary's love for her son following the crucifixion. It is the only statue Michelangelo signed.
The beautiful Trevi Fountain
A coin thrown in the fountain ensures a return trip to Rome. Of course I threw in my coin plus a few extra. (Over 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain daily and the money is used to subsidize a market for the needy.)
Are you tired yet? I about wore the soles off a pair of shoes with all the walking we did. Fortunately there were plenty of sidewalk cafes to grab a glass of wine, or coffee, or perhaps some Gelato (ice cream) and watch the people go by....Ahhh but lets save that for another day!