Nov 052015
 

It’s true. There’s no place like Rome, and I wish I could click my heels to be back there right now.

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) on Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy

Fountain of the Four Rivers on Piazza Navona, Rome

Mr. TWS and I covered many miles in Rome by foot during our short visit in May. Taking a six-hour walking tour of ancient Rome and the historic center and Vatican City really helped to get an introduction to the main attractions. We also found time to wander the streets and piazzas on our own a bit. I’m including here photos of Rome I posted on Instagram that capture various aspects of the Eternal City that caught my attention.

Rome on Instagram

Vatican Museums

The photo below is one of my favorites from the Vatican Museums, taken in the Gallery of Maps. The gallery is named for the 40 frescoed maps depicting Italian regions and papal properties during the papacy of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585). But it was the gorgeous ceiling that captivated me.

The Gallery of Maps, Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums

St. Peter’s Basilica

Built in the 4th century on the site of Nero’s Stadium where it is believed that St. Peter is buried, Saint Peter’s Basilica is a treasure of art and architecture. It’s no wonder that a bride would want to have photos taken here. I always enjoy seeing brides, grooms, and bridal parties in picturesque settings when I travel.

Bride in St. Peter's Basilica, Rome

St. Peter’s Basilica

The Vatican

From St. Peter’s Square, I took this photo of the colonnade designed by Bernini under moody gray skies. The papal apartments are on the left.

Vatican colonnade designed by Bernini

Vatican colonnade designed by Bernini

Belvedere Courtyard

Arnaldo Pomodoro’s bronze sculpture “Sphere within Sphere” figures prominently in the Belvedere Courtyard of the Vatican Museums. There are several versions of Pomodoro’s sphere sculptures around the world, including one that I saw at the United National headquarters in New York City.

"Sphere within Sphere" sculpture at the Vatican

“Sphere within Sphere”

The Pantheon

After looking up at the Pantheon’s famous dome, I looked down at the original marble floor. Notice the holes on the right that are used to drain rainwater that comes down through the oculus in the ceiling. Originally built as a temple 2000 years ago, the Pantheon is now used as a church.

Marble floor at the Pantheon

Marble floor at the Pantheon

Via Dei Condotti

As we took a taxi from the historic center across the Tiber River to Vatican City, I snapped photos of designer shops like Ferragamo on Via Dei Condotti.

Ferragamo on Via Dei Condotti, Rome

Ferragamo on Via Dei Condotti

Marcus Aurelius Column

I loved the detail on the Marcus Aurelius Column in Piazza Colonna depicting the emperor’s military campaigns. Built between 180 AD and 193 AD, the column is made of 28 blocks of Carrara marble.

Marcus Aurelius Column, Rome

Marcus Aurelius Column

Trastevere

I could spend many hours walking the medieval streets of the Trastevere neighborhood.

Trastevere

Trastevere

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

The monument to Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the most imposing sights in Rome. This photo taken from the Piazza del Campidoglio captures a small portion of the enormous monument on Piazza Venezia with Basilica di Santa Maria in Aracoeli to the right.

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II

Pont Sant’Angelo

Built between 133 and 134 AD, Pont Sant’Angelo links the historic city center of Rome to Castel Sant’Angelo. During the Middle Ages, it was the only crossing point for pilgrims to St. Peter’s. Statues of angels line both sides of the bridge. Our hotel was very near Castel Sant’Angelo so we had many occasions to view the bridge and walk across it.

Pont Sant'Angelo over the Tiber River, Rome

Pont Sant’Angelo

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos of Rome on Instagram. Have you been to the Eternal City? Would you like to click your heels and return?

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  9 Responses to “There’s No Place Like Rome: Instagram Highlights”

  1. I agree that there is not place like Rome. Your photos were a good memory jogger – we were there mid April and the end of June this year. We stayed in Trastevere – a wonderful area to stay in. Your photo is a beautiful one. 🙂

    • Glad to job good memories. Ah, Trastevere! There are some great restaurants there. We had a fantastic lunch at Osteria La Gensola.

  2. You photos really give me a desire to go an explore Rome. I recently went to Spain (after ten years of not visiting Europe) and it reminded me of how much I love that part of the world. It would be awesome to go back to Rome with my husband. I bet the food was good!

    • The food was great. But we didn’t get a chance to try out some of the best pizza places I’d heard about. That is reason enough for a return.

  3. Yes, I have – and yes, I would 🙂

    Never seem to finish with Rome. There’s always something else to see or do.

    • Rome had been on my list for a long, long time yet we never seemed to be able to make it happen. I made it a priority in 2015 even knowing we wouldn’t have a lot of time. I’ll be wanting to go back over and over again.

  4. Some great photos! Love Rome!

  5. We spent a few days exploring Rome a couple summers ago. When you’re there, you can truly understand why so many people find it captivating. Your photos are a happy reminder of my time there.

  6. […] The city has much to discover, and if you want to find out a little bit more, take a look at TWS’ Instagram highlights from last year’s trip to fuel your Rome getaway […]

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