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Rome - Through the ages

  • The river of belief

    Apart from cooling down weary feet, the river Tiber is perfect for leisure strolling late at night.

    [St Peter's Basilica with the river Tiber]

  • Divine view

    The view from St Peter's Basilica where Anita Ekberg once lost her hat to the wind in Fellini's La Dolce Vita is probably one of the greatest in the world.

    [The Vatican]

  • Stairway to heaven

    At the foot of the Spanish Steps, just next to the house where John Keats died, there is a fountain with a flooded boat. This boat marks the spot where the Tiber reached during a severe flood in the medieval times.

    [Sofia at the Spanish steps]

  • The other fountain

    This statue is often wrongly labeled as Fontana di Trevi in travel guide books. In fact, is the Fountain of the Four Rivers located in the middle of Piazza Navona. The four sides of the fountain symbolizes the rivers of Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata. The sculpture who created the crocodile on the Nile side had never seen such an animal, so it rather looks like a dragon.

    [Piazza Navona]

  • Capitoline sunset

    The Capitoline Hill is the highest of the seven hills from ancient Rome. Once the site of the large temple of Jupiter where Brutus and the assassins hide after the murder of Caesar, it was transformed by Michelangelo into a large piazza flanked by three palaces. The cordonata, a large stair leading the way up the hill, was designed with extra wide steps so the Papal chariot could ascend.

    [Capitoline Hill]

  • Memories of destruction

    At the southeast corner of the Forum lies the triumphal arch of emperor Titus. At the sides are images from the sack of Jerusalem in 70 AD. This image was captured at the inner stonework design, featuring the mythical seven-branched Menorah taken from the temple, never to be seen again.

    [Arch of Titus in Forum Romanum]

  • All roads lead to Rome

    The processional road, Via Sacra, crosses the forum. The stones are original, even though their places have been altered. This can be seen as the wheel track imprints are pointing in different directions.

    [Via Sacra, Forum Romanum]

  • Bridge of angels

    This familiar bridge was constructed between 134-139 and once used by pilgrims to reach St Peter's Basilica.

    [Ponte Sant Angelo]

  • Tiber crossing

    Isola Tiberina is a small island in the Tiber, similar to Île de la Cité in Paris. As such it was a convenient place for bridging the Tiber and Ponte Fabrico is the oldest surviving bridge in Rome, built in 62 B.C.

    [Reine at Ponte Fabrico]

  • Larger than life

    The colossal statue of Constantine is down to bits and pieces these days, stuffed away in the outdoor courtyard.

    [At the capitoline museums, Piazza del Campidoglio]

  • The road towards the slaughterhouse

    The construction of Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman empire, was initialized in AD 72 and named from a giant statue of Nero nearby. About 500 000 people and over a million animals died in the games. Mussolini wanted to see the place from his office in Piazza Venezia and impress on his dictator buddies, so he made this wide road crossing the ancient heart of Rome, tearing down ancient churches, palaces and forums in the process.

    [Crossing the Via Fori Imperiali, with Colosseum in the distance]

  • Secret of the dessert

    Simply the best tiramisu in town.

    [Sofia at Taverna Parione]

  • From dusk till dawn

    This monstrousity is effectively covering most of Capitol Hill. It's often called Mussolinis typewriter and generally considered to be the ugliest building in town. In order to erect it, many ancient and medieval buildings were levelled, including Michelangelos studio. The horse statue is so large that a dining table was placed inside it on the installation day. To the right is Palazzo Venezia, featuring the balcony where Mussolini held his speeches to the crowd.

    [Monument of Vittorio Emanuele II at Piazza Venezia]

  • Eternal fear

    This is the Nile side of the fountain. A legend holds that the fountain designer Bernini made this figure look awkward towards the church facade of Sant'Agnese in Agone at the west side of the square, designed by his rival Borromini.

    [Piazza Navona]

  • The living daylights

    This shot was taken the instance before I had an urge to lie down and balance on the wall, looking down the steep hillside.

    [Reine on top of Monte gianicolo]

  • Risky business

    The townsfolk were not allowed to attend the meetings of the politicians, so they lurked around the stairs for eavesdropping in on conversations. In order to avoid suspicion, they pretended to play a marble game and made these playfield holes in the stairs.

    [Ancient playfields, Forum Romanum]

  • Some things make me feel quite young

    [Reine at Forum Romanum]

  • The river of belief

    Apart from cooling down weary feet, the river Tiber is perfect for leisure strolling late at night.

    [St Peter's Basilica with the river Tiber]

  • One small step for man

    [Reine at the city archive]

  • Rome wasn't built in a day

    The city motto is Senatus Populusque Romanus – SPQR (meaning The Senate and the People of Rome). It can be seen everywhere, even on manholes such as this.

    [Under your feet]

  • Bloody tourists

    The obelisk in the center was once located in Egypt, until Caligula moved it to Rome in 37 AD.

    [Reine at St Peter's Square]

  • Taking it all in

    The Doric colonnades of Bernini are surrounding the square.

    [Reine at St Peter's Square]

  • In the city where it never rains