Roma, Italia - HistorIC RUINS, Fountains, & Good Food - April 7-10, 2014
Above: My very first sight when I landed in Rome. It was the very beginning and that was the best welcome view imaginable.
Below: Column in the centre of town swaure!
Above: Huge buildings were all over the city! Definitely added to its history and beauty!
Below: Gorgeous sunsets in Italy!
Above: Italy has some of the most narrow streets ever. And funny thing is that their streets don't have car lines - just for bus lanes. Its a pile of chaos.
Below: Trevi Fountain was magical! And I threw in my coin!
Above and Below: Just before the lights were coming on at the Trevi Fountain!
Above and Below: The beauty of the Trevi Fountain was unreal!
Above: The most beautiful buildings around Rome are often off the beaten path. So stunning at every turn in the big city!
Below: Inside the most beautiful landmark - the Colosseum!
Above and Below: The Colosseum was just stunning! I planned just to go inside to have a look around for about an hour and ended up spending nearly 2.5 hours inside of there! It was breathtaking and so interesting! Just amazing to say the least!
Above and Below: Inside the Colosseum! Stunning views!
Above and Below: The lovely Colosseum! Just imagining the history inside the place is just amazing!
Above and Below: Stunning views from a landmark in Roma!
Above and Below: Views from inside the Colosseum overlooking even more beauty of the city!
Above and Below: Inside the Colosseum! Stunning history and beauty!
Above and Below: Colosseum in Roma! Pictures don't even begin to capture how amazing it really is!
Above and Below: Inside the Colosseum!
Above: Views walking up to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill!
Below: Inside the Roman Forum!
Above and Below: Priceless architecture in the Roman Forum!
Above and Below: No clouds in the sky to enjoy and see all the skyline in Roma!
Above and Below: Green garden at the top of the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum! It looked like a maze but it was just the way the design was made! LOL.
Above: The Roman Forum!
Below: Traffic in Italy - lovely Vespas! Too cute how they are everywhere over the streets and alley ways! You have to be careful when you walk down narrow type streets because once a Vespa honks to get out of the way you move or else they will go anyway! LOL.
Above: On the hop on hop off tour driving around the streets of Rome, where I would get off when I wanted to see around the major sights. One of the stops (as you can see in the distance) was St. Peter's Basilica! It was remarkable - but I made my visit the next day after this picture!
Below: The beauty of Rome can never be captured in photographs!
Above: Views of the streets of Rome!
Below: The Spanish Steps - made me think of when I was younger seeing that in the Lizzie Macguire movie! LOL. By the way…I climbed them and there are way more steps than there appear to be!
Above: The view from the top of the Spanish Steps! I told you I climbed them!
Below: The streets of Rome! This part lead to the big brand name stores like Prada, Chanel, Gucci, Dior, etc. I just looked…and dreamed a little bit. LOL.
Above: The streets of Rome - yay for shopping and good food!
Below: Beauty in the streets of Rome!
Above and Below: Cute little cafe on one of the side streets in Rome where I stopped for lunch - I had a salami and mozzarella sandwich which was one of the best I have ever had! So very good!
Above: Such a yummy lunch at that cafe!
Below: The Pantheon in the city centre of Rome - which is one of the oldest buildings there is in Rome! It was so pretty to see the old architecture in a modern city!
Above: The Pantheon!
Below: Lovely buildings of Rome! Like I said, little hidden gems were everywhere and so beautiful!
Above: Saw the local Tram service in Rome!
Below: Stunning views of the buildings of Rome!
Above and Below: There is so much history around the streets of Rome it is unbelievable how beautiful it all was!
Above and Below: Beauty in Rome!
Above and Below: Big buildings are just the norm in Rome and each one attracts a jaw dropping stare in amazement that one city could have as much beauty as it does!
Above: Italian flags waved everywhere so proudly and was a constant reminder to me that this trip was actually happening!
Below: More ancient ruins in the heart of Rome!
Above: Iconic view of Rome - such beauty in every part of the city!
Below: More ancient buildings and ruins to be seen!
Above and Below: Lovely sights in Rome!
Above: One of the old churches found in Rome!
Below: Ancient sights in the wonderful city!
Above: So many stairs that lead around the city! Honestly, there would be little alley ways that was marked by stairs where no cars could reach and you would have to climb up stairs to get to other parts of the city and such!
Below: Views of Piazza Navona which is a great little area where there was cute shops, restaurants, and artist stalls!
Above: All the little white umbrellas are the artist and stalls that Italian market owners would set up! So much character and charm!
Below: The stunning Piazza Navona!
Above: Lovely Piazza Navona in the beautiful Rome! It was beyond stunning and just never wanted to leave!
Below: Another wonderful fountain in the Piazza!
Above: Big charming buildings in Piazza Navona!
Below: Overview of the Piazza! There are so many little Piazza's all around the city hidden behind big buildings and around little street corners! Each one is lined with traditional Italian shops and snacks which is even more characteristic of Italy!
Above: Another stunning building found around Rome! This one happens to be one of the Parliament buildings in Rome!
Below: The street of Parliament!
Above: The narrow shopping streets you find around the Spanish Steps in Rome! Many streets are even narrower than this!
Below: Pizza in a cute cafe - this one is mozzarella and ham! Super yummy! There was quite a few pizzas that have had things on them and you never would have thought to put it on there! LOL. Still yummy though!
Above: The bus station in Rome outside/attached to Termini station! I am so glad I took the hop on hop off bus tour in Rome because it looked like a pile of chaos! But I must say, for how big the train station was I managed okay to get from Rome to Pisa! LOL.
Below: The sightseeing bus I took for 48 hours of travel! It was such a great way to stop where you wanted, no hurry at the major attractions and surrounding areas but then again it was also the most beneficial to see those sights you wouldn't otherwise have seen!
Above: The streets of Rome while the warm sun shined down! I even got a sunburn my first day in Rome but learnt to use the sunscreen after that!
Below: Beauty is everywhere in Rome!
Above: One of the famous staircases and statues in Rome.
Below: There were so many tourists, school groups and such while I was in Rome!
Above: Architecture was one of the most historic and beautiful in Rome!
Above: Visited the Trevi Fountain!
Below: Margherita pizza! This is just cheese and tomato sauce. Words do not express the goodness of Italian food right in Italy!
Above: Hello Trevi Fountain! So stunning!
Below: My first gelato shop in Italy!
Above: Coconut Gelato! So yummy!
Below: Me at the Trevi Fountain!
Above: The hop on hop off bus tour stop that I took for the days I was in Rome!
Below: Roma Termini train station which is actually beyond huge! But I managed to navigate on my last day before going to Pisa! LOL.
Above: Riding around on the bus tour was really great - allowed me to see hidden beauties of Roma in including many large buildings and historic sights!
Below: Pictures driving past the ruins were too good to be true just in the middle of the modern city buildings! So historic all over Rome!
Above and Below: So much history was all over the city!
Above: Archway that lead to the Roman Forum!
Below: Inside the Colosseum was stunning!
Above: I still cannot believe I was inside the Colosseum in Rome! So many amazing pictures, memories and adventures!
Below: Narrow hallways inside the Colosseum that I would imagine have lead the audience to their seats or even for the gladiators to pass threw!
Above and Below: The outside of the Colosseum! Its amazing it still stands!
Above: The game ground inside the Colosseum!
Below: Inside the famous landmark of Roma!
Above and Below: Beautiful views of a beautiful city! It was love!
Above: Views in Rome!
Below: The Roman Forum was amazing - it was full of ancient houses and ruins! To think it was the main hub of the city centuries ago was so amazing!
Above and Below: Inside the Roman Forum!
Above and Below: Inside the Roman Forum spending hours looking around the greatest of history!
Above: Views of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill!
Below: Beauty of the Roman Forum!
Above: Garden in the Roman Forum!
Below: Ancient Ruins - think of what it used to be and how beautiful it was because even the ruins were stunning!
Above and Below: Inside the Roman Forum!
Above and Below: Inside the Roman Forum! Such a beautiful place! Honestly, I would have never left Rome!
Above and Below: Lovely views in the Roman Forum! Stunning!
Above and Below: Circus Massimo! This is where they used to hold chariot races in Caesar's time. The white marks are the original markings from the horses that have been made centuries ago where they would gather to watch the races! I thought it was remarkable to see how history has stayed in Rome over the years for you to actually see!
Above and Below: The sights of Rome make you just fall in love with Italia!
Above: Entrance to the Pantheon! This is one of the oldest buildings in Rome and Italia I am pretty sure! It was stunning!
Below: The entrance to the Pantheon!
Above and Below: Inside the Pantheon!
Above: The amazing roof of the Pantheon!
Below: Inside the Pantheon! Such a beautiful building!
Above and Below: The stunning Pantheon!
Above and Below: The Pantheon was full of beauty!
Above and Below: The Pantheon! The walls are all painted and so much architecture, beauty and just lovely sights in one of the oldest buildings around Italy!
Above: The Pantheon in all its beauty!
Below: Chaos in the streets of Rome! Honestly the cars drove like insane people! It was unreal! The worst are those Vespas!
Above: The fountains in Rome are everywhere but always seem to be the most stunning you have ever seen! Nothing beats the Trevi but still so gorgeous!
Below: Sightseeing in Rome!
Above: What fantastic architecture the buildings had - modern or not!
Below: I went to the Pope's Speech at St. Peter's Basilica Wednesday April 9th, 2014! There was hundreds, thousands, etc. of people gathered to see the Holy Man himself! It was a remarkable thing to see and witness!
Above: This is the Italian Roman courthouse! It was huge and utterly magnificent!
Below: Inside my hostel called Freedom Traveller Hostel in Rome! It was literally the greatest location - 5 minutes walk from the train station and then 20 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain! Met some pretty cool people here too from all parts of the world!
Above and Below: Views of St. Peter's Basilica from a distance approaching to hear the Pope's speech!
Above and Below: St. Peter's Basilica to see the Pope!
Above and Below: Stunning building to see the Eternal City and the Pope himself!
Above: Sights around the Basilica which is quite stunning!
Below: Vespa parking!
Above and Below: These are two of the oldest theatres in Rome!
Above: The skyline during my stay in Rome!
Below: Skyline with ancient ruins!
Above and Below: The lovely sights of Rome!
Above and Below: Views of the River Arno! You have to cross this bridge to get to the Vatican!
Above and Below: Stunning sculptures, statues and views in Rome! It really doesn't get more amazing than this!
Above: So stunning!
Below: Another round of pizza - basil, tomato, and mozzarella cheese! It was all to die for and just so amazing and beyond yummy! Not pizza will never compare to the many slices I have had in Italy!
Above: Inside the hostel room!
Below: The best gelato in the world comes from Italy obviously but no doubt the best flavour of the trip was this one - pineapple!
Above: Ruins and stones in Rome!
Below: Buildings of Rome! And even more stairs!
Above and Below: The beautiful city of Rome!