Rome Week: Editor’s Pics

Nope. That isn’t a typo.

Believe it or not, I was only in Rome three nights-in fact, my feet were on ancient Roman ground less than 72 full hours yet I somehow managed to take 316 pictures.

I kid you not.

Continuing with Rome Week, I present to you a pictorial tour of the Eternal City-with just a few words thrown in. Come on, now. I’m a writer-I can’t leave it all up to the pics, now can I?

Colosseum in Rome, Italy
My husband doesn’t like to hold a camera straight … this time, I think it worked.

The most notable symbol of the Roman Empire was built between 70-72 AD for gladiator games and public shows. With seating for up to 50,000 people, the Colosseum also housed mock sea battles, animal hunts and executions before being converted into housing, a workshop site, a fortress and a Christian shrine. It is estimated that 500,000 people and over a million wild animals lost their lives inside the Colosseum.

The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
Where else in the world are you led to ruins … by ruins?

In ancient Roman times, the forum-taken from the Latin word, foras, meaning “a place out doors,”-was the central hub for the community and served as a place for public meetings, assemblies and community activities. The Roman Forum is particularly enticing since it is a living-albeit, crumbling-history book. I recommend hiring a tour guide, or at least purchasing an audio tour or descriptive guidebook for your visit.

The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
The builders of this temple arrived in Rome via Magna Graecia in southern Italy

Located in the Roman Forum, the Temple of Castor and Pollux was constructed to honor the Dioscuri, for their battlefield assistance. According to legend, two unknown horsemen, presumed to be the twin brothers, Castor and Pollux helped the Roman soldiers to victory in the Battle of Lake Regillus. The temple was completed in 484 BC.

Pope Benedict XVI in Rome, Italy
An eerily clear photo of Pope Benedict XVI during Sunday Mass in Saint Peter’s Square

Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Alois Ratzinger and is the world’s 265th Pope. He was the oldest person elected to the Papacy since 1730 and has strong, conservative Catholic views. He stirred controversy in the church when he restored the Traditional Latin Mass as an approved form of Catholic church services.

The Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Neptune is riding a shell-shaped chariot in the center of the Trevi Fountain

If you haven’t seen the Trevi Fountain in person you really can’t grasp its magnitude. Standing 85 feet tall and 65 feet wide, the Baroque fountain is where one goes to toss a coin and ensure a return to Rome. Each day €3,000 are tossed into the fountain and are used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy families.

In case you missed earlier Rome Week posts, we’ve discussed

– A weekend in Rome: An Overview

– How NOT to get Robbed in Rome

– Eating Out in the Eternal City

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a recipe for one of my favorite Roman dishes!

6 Responses
  1. Enjoyed the photos — and cool fact re the 3,000 euros a day in the Trevi Fountain that go to help the less fortunate!
    I thought that was neat, too!

  2. Ciao, bella! No matter how you try I don’t think you’ll ever look as old as the Colosseum.
    Not a fan of ole Benny. I think a bunch of old-maidish priests are going to reinstitute Latin masses to bring back the old days when the people didn’t understand the mass and it made the priest look like a magician. It does appear, however, that he may have special powers of digital projection.
    Doesn’t he, though??
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  3. joanne at frutto della passione

    What is it with Italian husbands and their crooked photos? Mine does that too (as do several of his friends) and it drives me cookoo. Which probably explains why there are so few pictures of me – I take them all!
    How funny. I didn’t realize it was an “Italian men” thing! lol
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