Monday, November 12, 2012

Rome - A Photo Essay

Exploring Rome by foot is easily the best way to take in the sights of this marvelous city. However it can also be exhausting, as many of the main attractions are spread out there can be a lot of ground to cover. Even with five days in the Eternal City to see the main sights and a few off the beaten path treasures, we still returned home each evening exhausted.

The sheer number of attractions Rome has to offer can be quite overwhelming. To combat this, we grouped them into three rough sections and covered one per day (Day 1: Trevi Fountain - Spanish Steps - Borghese Gardens - Santa Maria del Popolo; Day 2: Pantheon - Piazza Navona - Tomb of Unknown Soldier; Day 3: Colosseum - Roman Forum - Palatine Hill). Our remaining two days were dedicated to the Vatican and a "clean-up" day for any one-off destinations we were unable to cover previously. Overall, this process seemed to work quite well, (except when we would see something in the distance and remind ourselves it was for another day), and we were able to cover everything we set out to. 

Ponte Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

The interior of the Colosseum

The Colosseum and Hadrian's Arch

The Stadium of Domitan on Palatine Hill

The Roman Forum

Arch of Septimus Severus, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and Santi Luca e Martina

Statue of Castor (or Pollux) in Piazza del Campidoglio

The Pyramid of Cestius

The Papal Address in St. Peter's Square

St. Peter's Square

The Trevi Fountain

The Spanish Steps

The rooftops of Rome from the Borghese Gardens

Santa Maria sopra Minerva - Rome's Gothic Basilica

The oculus of the Pantheon

Collections of the Vatican Museum

Magnificent Ceiling in the Vatican Museum

One of the countless frescoes in the Vatican Museum

Ceiling fresco in the Vatican Museum


*A note on getting around: Being of weak feet already (read: I never bypass a bench without taking a rest) we were fortunate to stay near the Termini train station and utilize the metro system - we'd simply catch the metro towards our destination, then hop off and continue on foot for the day before finding our way back to the closest station for a short trip home. As a result we were able to cover more quality miles by foot instead of tiring out early by walking to our destination. Rome also has an extensive bus system that we saw many people using - however, we found the metro to be less busy (aside from rush hour), quick and reliable, and more efficient as we were staying so close to a main station.

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