They say, Rome wasn’t built in a day and since that happened, it’s been a world in itself. From the mighty Romans to the Catholic Church which outlived the Empire (and many more, for that matter). But, in the end, Catholic Church was the only one which carried forward the tradition of classical antiquity. Prior to actually going there and judging for myself, Rome for me was exactly the mix of those two. As a history professor, I can truly say – Rome is the history of western civilization. I went there as a photographer, historian and as a woman of faith. I wasn’t disappointed in any way. Now, the sweet trouble about that is not knowing what to blog about first. But, I will save the best for last.
As I already wrote on Instagram this morning, when I think of Rome, I think of terracotta colored walls, tall and slim pine trees and narrow streets. What about the tourist invasion? It did bother me, of course, all the crowd but not to the extent of actually being memorable. Like I said, Rome sweet home, for so many reasons. Because of my infatuation with the terracotta everything, I’ll start the story with the everyday Rome; streets, building facades and everything else found on my path that was immediately documented.
Christmas time in Rome is beyond special. All the narrow cobbled streets are trimmed with tiny Christmas lights going from one house to another. No need to explain further how fantastic that looked, especially for a lifestyle photographer such as I am. Don’t be fooled with early winter in Rome. It is not winter at all. As the heart of the Mediterranean, Rome at this time of year is an autumnal galore with bright yellow leaves still holding on in the air. I mean, it is not that warm either, but the pleasant temperature of 12 °C allows you to walk around Rome not worrying about catching a cold.
On our walk from Vatican to Piazza Navona, we met a very happy flock of seagulls flying over the Tiber river. It was an obligatory photo op stop. Not just them. You can observe a whole lot of pretty scenery from the Ponte Sant’Angelo (Bridge of Angels); the view overlooking the St. Peter’s basilica and neighbouring hill to pretty facades and Ponte Umberto (another bridge). When in Rome…don’t forget to document it.
There are street stands on every corner. I especially liked this particular one selling the old books. Just look at the color scheme on the last one, so pretty. It’s just outside of Vatican, near Ponte Sant’Angelo.
I was there for two full days which is not enough time to see it all and I think I’ve only scratched the surface. I know I’ll be coming back. You just can’t visit Rome with the thought of never coming back. Unless you really don’t have an appreciation for beautiful architecture and history. Highly doubt there is a person who wouldn’t be mesmerized with the Eternal city. I was, in two days. God bless and stay tuned for more.