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Rome November 2008

Rome, Italy: 9-13 November 2008

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Rome November 2008

Below are a collection of the general photos from my trip to Rome. The particularly colourful ones are High Dynamic Range (HDR) composite photos, and there are a few particularly nice closeups using a new lens on the camera (check out the Pigeons or the Statue of Caesar).

The sight of thousands of starlings flying over the early dusk sky was intriguing until I realised people were walking with umbrellas raised - and that the light patter on the ground wasn't rain. There's a good picture of them here.

In terms of some of the details about the below, Trajan's Markets are where your everyday Romans would go to trade everything and anything. They were built in the early 2nd century AD and contained 150 shops and offices. Trajan's Column was inaugurated by Trajan in AD 113. It's 40m (131ft) tall and the entire column is decorated with minutely-detailed scenes from Trajan's campaigns. A few pictures of fountains too - which are found around every corner in Rome.

Birds Flying Overhead
Birds Flying Overhead
Campo de Fiori Fountain
Campo de Fiori Fountain
Colonnade Fragment
Colonnade Fragment
Colonna di Marco Aurelio
Colonna di Marco Aurelio
Colonna di Marco Aurelio Closeup 1
Colonna di Marco Aurelio Closeup 1
Colonna di Marco Aurelio Closeup 2
Colonna di Marco Aurelio Closeup 2
Flame
Flame
Forum Boarium
Forum Boarium
Forum Boarium Fountain
Forum Boarium Fountain
Forum Boarium Fountain closeup
Forum Boarium Fountain closeup
Fountain closeup Long Exposure
Fountain closeup Long Exposure
Fountain closeup Short Exposure
Fountain closeup Short Exposure
Piazza Argentina
Piazza Argentina
Piazza Della Repubblica
Piazza Della Repubblica
Piazza Del Popolo Fountain
Piazza Del Popolo Fountain
Ponte Fabricio
Ponte Fabricio
Ponte Sisto
Ponte Sisto
Romulus on Quirinale Hill
Romulus on Quirinale Hill
Statue of Caesar
Statue of Caesar
Tiber Island
Tiber Island
Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column
Trajan's Column Closeup
Trajan's Column Closeup
Trajan's Markets
Trajan's Markets
Walkway
Walkway


Arch of Constantine

Located next to the Colosseum this is one of Rome's most impressive triumphal arches, dedicated in AD 315. It now has a rather ugly fence around it but I guess needs must. Some particularly sharp photos from the new lens on the camera here.

Column closeup
Column closeup
Figures
Figures
Figure closeup 1
Figure closeup 1
Figure closeup 2
Figure closeup 2
Figure closeup 3
Figure closeup 3
Side View
Side View
The Arch
The Arch


Capitol

The Capitol is located beside Forum and the two form the ancient centre of Rome. The Victor Emmanuel Monument (known as Il Vittoriano) now dominates this area and is a monument to the first king of the unified Italy. The basilica Santa Maria in Aracoeli (St Mary of the Altar of Heaven) is located behind Il Vittoriano and accessed by the Aracoeli Staircase, 124 marble steps designed in 1348 on the occasion of the Black Death. In 1797 the basilica was temporarily deconsecrated and used as a stable!

Aracoeli Staircase
Aracoeli Staircase
Flame
Flame
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Altar
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Altar
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Chandeliers
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Chandeliers
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Interior
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Interior
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Window
Santa Maria in Aracoeli Window
Victor Emmanuel Monument
Victor Emmanuel Monument
Victor Emmanuel Monument Closeup
Victor Emmanuel Monument Closeup
Victor Emmanuel Monument Colonnade
Victor Emmanuel Monument Colonnade
Victor Emmanuel Monument Top
Victor Emmanuel Monument Top
View to Colosseum
View to Colosseum


Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums dominate the Capitoline Hill in the centre of Rome. The museums can be traced back to 1471 and house a fantastic collection of treasures. At the centre of the piazza on the Capitoline Hill stands a replica of a status of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the original now being housed in the Museums.

Inside the Palazzo Nuovo
Inside the Palazzo Nuovo
Piazza del Campidoglio
Piazza del Campidoglio
Portrait of a Flavian Lady
Portrait of a Flavian Lady
Replica Statue of Marcus Aurelius
Replica Statue of Marcus Aurelius
Sculpture
Sculpture
She Wolf With Romulus and Remus
She Wolf With Romulus and Remus
Statue of Marcus Aurelius
Statue of Marcus Aurelius


Colosseum

The Colosseum was built between 70 and 80 AD and held up to 80,000 spectators.

Abutments
Abutments
Arch
Arch
Corridors Beneath the Arena
Corridors Beneath the Arena
Entrace Corridor
Entrace Corridor
Exhibition
Exhibition
Exterior
Exterior
Interior 1
Interior 1
Interior 2
Interior 2
Night
Night
Outer Corridor
Outer Corridor
Remaining Outer Wall 1
Remaining Outer Wall 1
Remaining Outer Wall 2
Remaining Outer Wall 2
Remaining Outer Wall 3
Remaining Outer Wall 3
Sunset
Sunset
Window
Window


Forum

The Forum houses the city's oldest and most important structures and is a feast of ancient architecture, including two triumphal arches, the remains of various temples and the House of the Vestal Virgins.

Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Septimus Severus
Arch of Titus
Arch of Titus
Columns 1
Columns 1
Columns 2
Columns 2
Columns 3
Columns 3
Columns 4
Columns 4
Columns closeup
Columns closeup
Column 1
Column 1
Column 2
Column 2
Figures on Arch
Figures on Arch
Forum 1
Forum 1
Forum 2
Forum 2
House of the Vestal Virgins
House of the Vestal Virgins
Old Engraving
Old Engraving
Remains of the Basilica of Constantine And Maxentius
Remains of the Basilica of Constantine And Maxentius
Remains of the Temple of Castor And Pollux
Remains of the Temple of Castor And Pollux
Remains of the Temple of Saturn
Remains of the Temple of Saturn
Remains of the Temple of Vespasian 1
Remains of the Temple of Vespasian 1
Remains of the Temple of Vespasian 2
Remains of the Temple of Vespasian 2
Stone closeup
Stone closeup
Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
Temple of Antoninus and Faustina


Gesu

The Church of the Gesu (Church of the Holy Name of Jesus) is the mother church for the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The facade has been the model for Jesuit churches all over the world. The ceiling fresco is by Giovanni Battista Gaulli and truly striking as the decoration overlaps the ceiling structure, almost hanging below the ceiling, in suggestion of three dimensions.

Exterior
Exterior
Interior 1
Interior 1
Interior 2
Interior 2
Interior 3
Interior 3


Palatine Hill

The Palatine Hill is where the remains of Domitian's huge palace (built 1st Century AD) are located. To the south of the hill lies the Circus Maximus, although its previous use is not obvious from its current state.

Colonnade
Colonnade
Farnese Gardens
Farnese Gardens
Garden
Garden
Old Fountain
Old Fountain
Pine Tree
Pine Tree
Stadium
Stadium
View to Circus Maximus
View to Circus Maximus


Pantheon

The Pantheon has stood in Rome since the early 2nd Century AD. The height of the rotunda is the same as its diameter at 43.3m (140ft). The only light enters through the oculus at the very centre of the dome. Some of the closeup pictures below detail the ancient stonework well.

Altar
Altar
Dome
Dome
Entrance 1
Entrance 1
Entrance 2
Entrance 2
Exterior
Exterior
Exteriort at Night
Exteriort at Night
Exterior HDR
Exterior HDR
Fish on Fountain
Fish on Fountain
Fountain
Fountain
Fountain at Night
Fountain at Night
Interior
Interior
Pigeons in Fountain
Pigeons in Fountain
Top of Column
Top of Column


Piazza Barberini

This piazza houses Bernini's Triton Fountain of a sea god.

Fontana Del Tritone
Fontana Del Tritone
Fontana Del Tritone closeup
Fontana Del Tritone closeup


Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is one of the major piazzas in Rome and occupies the site of Domitian's Stadium. The Fountain Of The Four Rivers stands in the centre of the piazza however was undergoing renovation. Some nice photos of the sun setting on the dome drums of Sant'Agnese in Agone.

Fontana del Moro closeup 1
Fontana del Moro closeup 1
Fontana del Moro closeup 2
Fontana del Moro closeup 2
Neptune
Neptune
Sant' Agnese in Agone
Sant' Agnese in Agone
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 1
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 1
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 2
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 2
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 3
Sant' Agnese in Agone Closeup 3


Santa Maria Maggiore

I visited the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore first thing int he morning and was rewarded with sunlight streaming through the central stained-glass window thereby illuminating the interior in vivid colours. Very challenging to try to capture how impressive it actually looked.

Altar
Altar
Exterior
Exterior
Light Streaming in Window 1
Light Streaming in Window 1
Light Streaming in Window 2
Light Streaming in Window 2


Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Santa Maria sopra Minerva is considered the only Gothic church in Rome and outside it sits Bernini's Pulcino della Minerva, an elephant supporting an Egyptian obelisk.

Altar
Altar
Elephant Obelisk
Elephant Obelisk
Interior 1
Interior 1
Interior 2
Interior 2
Interior 3
Interior 3


Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps were built in the 17th Century and are a major tourist attraction in their own right, at any time of day. The boat-shaped fountain at the bottom of the steps is intriguing for the effect the water has had on the colour of the stone.

Deserted Steps
Deserted Steps
Dome of St Peter's
Dome of St Peter's
Fountain 1
Fountain 1
Fountain 2
Fountain 2
Fountain 3
Fountain 3
Fountain 4
Fountain 4
Morning at the Steps
Morning at the Steps
Steps at Night 1
Steps at Night 1
Steps at Night 2
Steps at Night 2
Sunset 1
Sunset 1
Sunset 2
Sunset 2
Sunset 3
Sunset 3


Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is probably the most famous of Roman fountains and marks the original termination of the Aqua Virgo aqueduct which brought fresh water to the city as early as 19 BC. The present fountain has only been in place since 1762.

Centrepiece
Centrepiece
Closeup
Closeup
Neptune
Neptune
Trevi Fountain 1
Trevi Fountain 1
Trevi Fountain 2
Trevi Fountain 2
Trevi Fountain at Night
Trevi Fountain at Night


Vatican and Museums

The Vatican occupies the site where St Peter was martyred and buried, the adjoining papal palaces housing the Vatican Museums (the finest museums in Rome) as well as the Sistine Chapel and the Raphael Rooms. Being a Wednesday morning there was a Papal Audience where Pope Benedict XIV greeted the crowds in the popemobile. Prior to his being swept around the piazza there was a 10-minute list of visiting organisations read out (with accompanying cheer) like something out of a pantomime!

The view from the Dome of St Peter's is one of the best views in Rome albeit not for the feint-hearted.

Altar Under Baldacchio
Altar Under Baldacchio
Coat of Arms of Pope Benedict XVI
Coat of Arms of Pope Benedict XVI
Colonnade
Colonnade
Colossal Head
Colossal Head
Facade of St Peter's
Facade of St Peter's
Forces Perspective Archway
Forces Perspective Archway
Fountain
Fountain
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern in Colonnade
Lantern in Colonnade
Last Supper Tapestry
Last Supper Tapestry
Looking Down from the Dome
Looking Down from the Dome
Looking up at the Dome
Looking up at the Dome
Papal Audience
Papal Audience
Papal Pigeon
Papal Pigeon
Part of the Vatican Museums
Part of the Vatican Museums
Piazza San Pietro
Piazza San Pietro
Pieta
Pieta
Pine Cone
Pine Cone
Ramp in Vatican Museum
Ramp in Vatican Museum
Richly Painted Room
Richly Painted Room
Sculpture
Sculpture
Staircase to the Dome
Staircase to the Dome
Statue
Statue
Statue Room
Statue Room
The Pope 1
The Pope 1
The Pope 2
The Pope 2
Tiny Statue
Tiny Statue
Urns
Urns
View from the Dome
View from the Dome


Villa Borghese

The villa and its gardens were designed in 1605 and are now owned by the state. The gardens are littered with fountains, statuary and exotic follies.

Folly
Folly
Temple Folly
Temple Folly
Temple of Diana
Temple of Diana
Temple of Diana Closeup
Temple of Diana Closeup