Il Colosseo (The Colosseum), also called the Flavian Amphitheater, is the most well known Roman ruin and an iconic symbol of Rome.
i Colonnati (The Colonnades) at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Il Redentore (The Redeemer), the statue of Christ atop St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Tempio di Saturno (Temple of Saturn) at the foot of the Capitoline Hill in the Roman Forum.
Angelo con una croce (Angel with the Cross) statue on the Ponte Sant'Angelo in Rome.
The statue of San Francesco d'Assisi (Saint Francis of Assisi) across from the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura (Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls).
San Pietro -- The large statue of St. Peter outside St. Peter's Basilica.
The facade of Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Pilgrims to Saint Peter's Basilica
St. Peter's Basilica -- the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
La Pietà -- Michelangelo's Pietà inside Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. The Pietà depicts a very sorrowful Mary holding the body of the crucified Jesus Christ. However, her sadness would turn to great joy a few days later.
St. Peter's Dome -- the breathtaking dome inside St. Peter's Basilica.
St. Peter's Dome -- the breathtaking dome inside St. Peter's Basilica.
The statue of Saint Peter inside the Basilica of the same name. It is said that if one rubs the exposed foot of St. Peter, it will bring good luck.
A beautiful ornate dome above one of the side chapels inside St. Peter's Basilica.
I colonnati -- The Colonaddes at St. Peter's Square. Designed by Bernini and built by Pope Alexander VII.
Il Croce San Damiano -- The San Damiano Cross carried by a pilgrim at St. Peter's Square.
Pope Francis addresses the faithful during Sunday prayers at St. Peter's Square.
The Holy Father Arrives -- His Holiness, Pope Francis, arrives at St. Peter's Square and greets the faithful during his Papal Audience on October 1st, 2014.
Pope Francis arrives to greet the crowd for his Wednesday Audience on April 29th, 2015.
The Holy Father -- His Holiness, Pope Francis, greets the faithful at St. Peter's Square during his Papal Audience on October 1st, 2014.
The Castle Sant'Angelo with the Ponte Sant'Angelo in the foreground.
Santa Catharina da Siena -- the statue of Saint Catherine of Siena near Castel Sant'Angelo. She was a Christian mystic and Doctor of the Church. She is also one of the two Patron Saints of Italy.
The Pantheon as seen from the Piazza della Rotunda.
Il Pantheon -- The Pantheon. Originally built by Marcus Agrippa as a temple to the Gods and now is a Catholic Church called Santa Maria della Rotunda.
Pantheon -- The ceiling of the Pantheon with the oculus that lets light in in Rome. It is the best preserved 'ruin' from ancient Rome.
Vespa Girl -- An enticing display for a souvenir shop near the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Shutters -- a brightly colored building facade facing the Piazza Navona with the shutters typically seen in buildings in Rome.
Concert Poster -- a poster for a concert in Rome in late September 2014.
L'Antica Birreria Peroni -- A vintage sign outside the L'Antica Birreria Peroni, which is a 100 year old beer hall.
A Pope Francis Bobblehead as seen in a souvenir shop near the Trevi Fountain.
Fontana del Nettuno -- The Fountain of Neptune at Piazza Navona in Rome.
Fontana di Trevi -- The Trevi Fountain now under major renovations.
The statue of Oceanus at the Fontana di Trevi, or the Trevi Fountain.
Arco di Costantino -- The Arch of Constantine with the Coliseum in the background.
Il Foro Romano -- The Roman Forum. The Temples of Castor and Pollux, Vesta, and Saturn are visible with the Capitoline Hill in the background.
Tempio di Antonino e Faustina - The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina with the later built Catholic Church, San Lorenzo in Miranda, in the background. As new as the Church looks in comparison to the Temple, it was built as early as the 7th Century.
Arco di Settimio Severo -- The Arch of Septimius Severus northwest end of the Roman Forum with the Church of Saints Luca & Martina in the background.
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano -- The Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran, which is the Mother Church of the Catholic faith.
La Scala Sancta, or the Holy Stairs. These are the stairs that Jesus Christ walked up to be judged by Pilate during the Passion. Pilgrims 'walk' up these on their knees saying a prayer at each step.
La Cupola Della Basilica di San Pietro -- The dome of St. Peter's Basilica as viewed from the Vatican Museum.
The courtyard inside the Vatican Museums. Note the spherical sculpture in the center of the courtyard. It is by Fritz Koenig, who sculpted the more famous "The Sphere" which was damaged on 9/11 and now stands at Battery Park in NYC.
The Roman Skyline with the Altare Della Patria in the background.
The beautiful ornate ceiling of the Map Room inside the Vatican Museums.
Rome, Italy. The Eternal City. This is a collection of images from my trips to Rome in 2012, 2014, and 2015. It was more amazing than I ever imagined to be in the Eternal City where history dates back about 3,000 years. The oldest things in America are quite new by Roman standards.
I’ve been able to experience many of the historic Roman sites such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill. I also visited some comparatively modern sites such as the Trevi Fountain and the Fountain of Four Rivers at Piazza Navonna and others. In addition, I visited many Christian Holy sites and had the privilege to see His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015.
My most recent trip allowed me the opportunity to visit and photograph some places I missed on the first two trips, such as the Papal Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel and more. I was also able to revisit some places I’d been before, see them in a little different light (both literally and figuratively), and hopefully make some even better images.
Between the trips, I spent 15 days of taking 4200+ photos, dodging small cars and scooters, riding crowded metro trains, getting lost a few times and finding my way back (thanks iPhone!), enduring harrowing taxi rides, attending Mass at St. Peter’s, enjoying numerous plates of wonderful pasta with the occasional glass of wine or beer and topping it all off with the most awesome gelato (thanks, Valentino’s!). This was all just a touch of ‘La Dolce Vita.’
There’s so much more to see and do that I can’t wait to visit again; I still feel that way after three visits. Fortunately, the Euro coin that I threw in the Trevi Fountain back in 2012 worked much sooner than I could have imagined. Unfortunately, since the fountain was under restoration during my last two visits, I wasn’t able to do throw another coin in during the last trips. However, I have a good feeling that I’ll be back again someday … there’s still so much more to see, enjoy and, of course, photograph.
Ti amo, Roma!
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