Europe 2009

Roma, 12-18 September and 12 October


We stayed not far from Campo die Fiori, where every morning there is a fresh food market. *


Detail of the Trevi Fountain. *


Lynn was fascinated by the Bernini angel statues on Ponte San Angelo, over the Tiber at Castel San Angelo. *




A bit of Photoshop work here! *


We visited the Acqueduct Park, towards the south-east edge of Rome, which has the remains of several acqueducts that supplied water to ancient Rome. †


Some remains were less complete than others. *


Ancient door near the acqueducts. †


We visited St Peter's Basilica on a day when a storm seemed about to break. *


St Peter looking down on his piazza. *


The Vatican's Swiss Guards ensuring that nothing unseemly happens. *


The dome of St Peter's Basilica. *


Holy Spirit window, St Peter's Basilica. *


Michaelangelo's Pieta in St Peter's Basilica. *


Fountain in Piazza San Paulo. The weather had cleared up. †


Detail of a triumphal arch in the Roman Forum. *


The organ in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria. *


Santa Maria della Vittoria is better known for this Bernini sculpture of the ecstacy of St Teresa. *


Detail of Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. *


Another little detail in this sculpture. †


Hand from the statue of the Yellow River. *


Dove of Peace at the top of the Fountain of the Four Rivers. *


Exterior of the Pantheon. *


The Pantheon dome. *


Raphael's tomb in the Pantheon. *


View out of the Pantheon doorway quite early in the morning, before the area gets overwhelmed with visitors. †


Ceiling of the church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. *


Apse of the church of Santa Maria Maggiore. *


The unassuming little church of Santa Maria del Popolo has a number of treasures, including this Caravaggio painting of The Crucifixion of St Peter. *


Fresco by Pinturicchio, Santa Maria del Popolo. *


Momento mori, Santa Maria del Popolo. *


"Living art" on a street in Rome. *


Sometimes there would be just one motor bike. *


At other times, there would be many. *


We spent a day going by bus to Tivoli, where we visited Villa d'Este. Although the Villa is interesting, the main draw is the garden with its many extraordinary fountains. *





Viale delle Cento Fontane (Road of 100 Fountains) at Villa d'Este. *


The fountains are rather worn and overgrown. †





This one has not been restored to working order, and might have been considered in rather bad taste when it did operate. Note the brass nipples! †






We had one night in Rome on our way home from Spain. Again it was a stormy day. Clouds seen from the rooftop terrace of our B&B. *


Dusk over Piazza Navona. †


Church spire in the evening light. †


Restaurants in Piazza Navona with tables clustered under umbrellas, trying to keep dry. We ate indoors that night. *

From Rome, we flew to Barcelona to start our visit to a new country for us: Spain.


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