Rome, Italy, Part I

Rome is truly a phenomenal place to visit. Over the centuries, it has inspired writers, poets, artists, and many others with its magnificence. Sometimes referred to as the Eternal City, the City of Seven Hills, or the Cradle of Western Civilization, (it’s hard to compete with that), there’s something amazing to see at every turn.

According to legend, Rome was founded in 753 BC by twins Romulus and Remus who were abandoned by a king in a basket along the Tiber River. Rescued and raised by a wolf, they later killed the king who left them for dead. Romulus didn’t stop there though, he also killed his brother so he could become king. Rome has a vast and complicated history, so I’m going to focus on the places we visited, and give a brief overview of each one.

Castel Sant’Angelo along the Tiber River

As a side note, Roman engineering was quite advanced back in the day, and made use of cement and concrete, that’s why so many ancient structures are still standing today.

Our first stop was the Pantheon. Built between 126 – 128 AD, the massive domed ceiling was the largest at the time it was built. There is actually an open hole in the center of the dome called the Oculus, which allows rain and snow into the building. The floor is sloped, however, so the water runs off.

The lettering on the front translates to Marcus Agrippa, Son of Lucius, Thrice Consul, Made This.

Adobe stock photo

Not much is known about its original purpose or who built it, other than Hadrian was emperor when it was constructed. There were two other structures on the site before the current one was built, both of which were destroyed by fire.

The Trevi Fountain was our next stop. This Baroque fountain was built in the 18th century and is the largest in Rome. There has been a fountain on this site for many centuries. Situated at the end of an aqua duct, it was originally built to provide water for the nearby baths. They say if you toss a coin into the fountain, you will return to Rome. Approximately 3,000 euros is removed from the fountain each day; wow! Incidentally, it is illegal to take coins from the fountain.

Trevi Fountain

It was difficult to get good photos since we weren’t the only ones visiting the fountain that day!

We also visited the Spanish Steps,

and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. More about these next week.

Rome has a huge street cat population, we saw them frequently in our walks around the city.

The cats are considered a good way to keep the rat and mice population under control, and they are even protected by law. It is illegal to harm them, or remove them from the place they have selected to live. Local health authorities are responsible for the spaying and neutering of the cats. As one who loves animals, in my humble opinion, all cities should have such laws. 😽

We walked for hours and were a little overwhelmed with all there is to see. Our dear friend Lisa said that Rome has something amazing to see everywhere you turn. Another dear friend, Dave said he found Rome to be amazing and interesting. They were right; I took over 500 photos in the five days we were there!

We worked up an appetite with all that walking, but thankfully, restaurants are ubiquitous in Rome. I’m not a big fan of meat, but I did have Pasta alla Carbonara, which is the king of pasta dishes in Rome.

We stayed at Hotel Campo de Fiori, which is centrally located and within easy walking distance to many of the must see locations. The hotel is quiet, comfortable, and the staff is amazingly friendly and helpful.

Hotel Campo de Fiori

The thing I love about Rome is that it has so many layers. In it, you can follow anything that interests you: town planning, architecture, churches, or culture. It’s a city rich in antiquity and early Christian treasures, and just endlessly fascinating. There’s nowhere else like it. Claire Tomalin

We saw so much more while in Rome, so check back next week when I post about other fascinating and historical locations in this iconic city.

If you enjoyed this post you might also like Bath Spa, which was my first exposure to Roman engineering at the famous Roman Baths.

Wishing you grand adventures,


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  1. Through your eyes (lens) I just realised once again how beautiful Rome is! It is fascinating to see how well some of these buildings and statues have survived the centuries. You have so many beautiful photos here Tricia … I had to gasp when I saw the photo of the Trevi Fountain and all the people! I can totally understand why you took 500+ photos in just 5 days. I especially like your photos of the lovely doors and bicycles!

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and photos! We were surprised about the huge numbers of tourists there, given that it was early November, the off-season. I found so many interesting things, from bikes, buildings, frescos, the list goes on and on. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. Your photos brought back a flood of memories from the many years ago visit I had to the Eternal City. When we visited there was still some evidence of damage from WWII (bullet holes through brass hand rails, chips or holes in masonry, etc.). Was there any still remaining that the two of you saw?

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  3. Once again, after reading through your blog I feel like I’ve returned from an interesting journey to Rome–(and it didn’t cost a thing). Your photos went from majestic Roman buildings and columns to cats in residence (so cute) to lovely vignettes from fountains to cafes to hotels. Thanks for taking us all along. (And as always I betray my personal issue because now I feel the need to find to to Rome and find a shop or market to buy whatever!)

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  4. Such an amazing history with so many great buildings manynof which looknto be jn remarkable condition. Your photos are gorgeous and make me want to return. I can’t believe the Pantheon was built in just 2 years, that’s almost as impressive as the building itself, well not really I guess. Maggie

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  5. I’m glad you enjoyed Rome! I’ve visited the “Eternal City” twice, in 2006 and 2017, and both were great experiences. I’ve heard the city gets flack for being crowded and over-touristy, but given just how much history and preserved sites there are, it’s no wonder that so many people want to see them for themselves! I personally enjoyed my time there, crowds and all, and it’s true that the food there (carbonara included) is divine! Can’t wait to read more about your time there!

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    1. It pretty much blew me away with how amazingly well preserved the ancient structures are. There’s so much to see! And since we were a little overwhelmed at first, we made the decision to return again to see even more. I’m glad you enjoyed your time there too. Thanks for your comment!

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  6. Have never been to Rome, a situation that surely needs to be rectified one day. That’s a great shot of the Castel Sant’Angelo and its Tiber River reflections. There are so many iconic shots here, though they also remind me that I would probably struggle a bit with the relentless crowds and the noise that go with them. I am much more charmed by the little details you captured, such as the lion door knocker, the empty narrow street and the bike. The facade of your hotel is gorgeous.

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    1. Like you, I’m not a fan of crowds, and we were hoping that it wouldn’t be that bad in November; we were wrong about that! But, it’s worth it to see all that Rome has to offer. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I loved all the details on the buildings as well. Thanks for your comment!

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  7. Beautiful pictures of this eternal city 🙂 It really is amazing to think of the forethought that went into construction and that they are not only still standing but still maintaining so much of the detail everywhere. My brain starts to hurt trying to wrap around that much time and history all packed into one city.

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  8. Great post and beautiful pictures! I was lucky enough to grow up in Rome but it is only recently that I actually visited it like a tourist when my boyfriend came to visit. It made me realise what an amazingly rich city it is, and focus on all the beautiful things it has to offer!

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      1. Yes, and for the longest time I didn’t realise how lucky I was to grow up in such a beautiful city – how crazy is that?! Thank you for reading my post! I had a few problems with my comments lately so I hope it won’t be the norm now, but thanks for letting me know!

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      1. Yes, they must have. We have visited late August, mid October and early/mid November. I hope to return in October next time. Thanks again for your beautiful coverage.

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  9. Your words and photos capture Rome so well! I’m thrilled you loved it as much as I hoped you would, and that my rapturous descriptions weren’t overblown. I’m also thrilled it looks just like it did when I was there 25 years ago. But that’s a silly thing to say. Of course it would look the same… it’s ancient!

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  10. Lovely post! I am just back from there, yet to document and sort through about 3000 photos..a big task but as they say “Rome was not built in a day” 😂. I didn’t get as nice blue skies as you did but the crowd was relatively less I guess.

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