A Journal, with Pictures

Rome 2014

by on Jun.10, 2014, under Happenings

Hotel Raphael

Hotel Raphael

On our way to Croa­t­ia to attend the COPA Euro­pean migra­tion we stopped in Rome for four days. Italy is one of our favorite coun­tries to vis­it and Rome a favorite city. We decid­ed to try to dupli­cate a trip that we took 37 years ear­li­er, stay­ing at the same hotel and try­ing to have the same great expe­ri­ence. For­tu­nate­ly, the hotel, the Raphael has been ren­o­vat­ed and pro­vid­ed great ser­vice, but most impor­tant­ly it is locat­ed next to a spe­cial place for us the Piaz­za Navona. This piaz­za is like going to a the­atri­cal per­for­mance that nev­er stops, and what a stage with the perime­ter made up of the oval that was the venue for char­i­ot races in Roman times and dec­o­rat­ed in the cen­ter by three incred­i­ble Berni­ni foun­tains. So upon land­ing and get­ting set­tled we head­ed for the piaz­za for lunch and to take in the spec­tral and returned every day.

Piazza Navona

Piaz­za Navona

Bernini Fountain

Berni­ni Fountain

Shinx

Sphinx

Gymnist

Gym­nast

Our cab dri­ver from the air­port gave us a rec­om­men­da­tion for a local restau­rant, which turned out to be very good. But the fact is that there are so many very good restau­rants along the streets. Pasqi­no’s just off the Piaz­za, a lit­tle bit of pas­ta and veal, with a Ital­ian Fres­cati, pret­ty good and the enter­tain­ment is free, just watch the peo­ple go by.
Pasquino

Restau­rant Pasquino

The next day we took a step on/step off bus tour of the city to reac­quaint our­selves with Rome.

Saint Peters from accross the Tiber

St Peters from across the river

Cas­tle St Angelo

Palazzo Di-Giuatisie

Palaz­zo Di-Giuatisie

The Colossem

The Colos­se­um

Monument Victor Emanuele

Mon­u­ment Vic­tor Emanuel

Tomb of the Unknown

Tomb of the Unknown

Musollini's Pulpit

Mus­solin­i’s Pulpit

The Panteon

The Pan­teon

Capitol Museum Statue

Capi­tol Muse­um Statue

Capitol Museum Statue

Capi­tol Muse­um Statue

Lunch at Tre Scallini

Lunch at Tre Scallini

Lunch Music

Lunch Music

Bernini Fountain

Berni­ni Fountain

Bernini Fountain

Berni­ni Fountain

Navona art

Art for sale in the Piazza

After our tour of the city it was back to the Piaz­za Navona for lunch and more entertainment.We nev­er tired of our favorite Piaz­za, and enjoyed some great Ital­ian din­ing walk­ing dis­tance from this loca­tion. The rou­tine was a glass of wine at one of the side walk places and then walk to din­ner, just like we did 37 years ear­li­er. Our next day of explor­ing was to the Vat­i­can. To a degree it was some­what of a dis­ap­point­ment in that on our pre­vi­ous vis­it we lin­gered in the Sis­tine Chapel which was  uncrowd­ed then now 30,000 peo­ple go through a day and your allowed 10 min­utes. Saint Peters Basil­i­ca was uncrowd­ed and still breath taking.

St Peters Square

Saint Peters Square

Saint Peters Basillica

Saint Peters Basillica

Saint Peters Alter

Saint Peters Alter

The Peita

The Pei­ta

St Peters Columns

Saint Peters Columns

Our next day of tour­ing includ­ed a vis­it to the Roman Nation­al Muse­um, Roman Baths and the Basil­i­ca of Maria.
Basilica St Maria

Basil­i­ca St Maria

St Maria Di Angelo

Saint Maria Di Angelo

Museum of Rome

Muse­um of Rome

Roman Sculture

Roman Sculp­ture

Roman Mask

Roman Mask

Roman Statue

Roman Stat­ue

Roman Bronz Statue

Roman Bronze Statue

On Sun­day om the Piaz­za Navona of course there was an out­door reli­gious hap­pen­ing. Musi­cians start­ed to gath­er and play until there was a group. Locals gath­ered around and danced in a cir­cle around the musi­cians and clapped their hands and sang. There is always some­thing hap­pen­ing of inter­est in this great gath­er­ing place.
Catholic Flash Mob

Catholic Flash Mob

Church in the Piazza

Church in the Piazza

Father joins the celibration

Father joins the celibration

There is always some­thing beau­ti­ful to see when Walk­ing around Rome, whether it be a ancient ruin, a sculp­tured mas­ter piece or just a win­dow on the street. So it was a great vis­it and now its off to Croatia.
Roman Window Treatment

Roman Win­dow Treatment

Roman in the window

Roman in the window

Narrow View

Nar­row View

Just another Roman window

Just anoth­er Roman window

ARRIVEDERCI ROMA

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