Rome Photo Essay
About the Author: Dan Perdomo writes for Elite Travel Blog and loves to share his stories and pictures from his travels.
Before my 21st birthday, I decided to visit a new city every birthday as a treat to myself. Rome would be my first destination on this lifetime journey. I may visit another 80 cities in this world (wishful thinking I’ll make it past 100 years of age?) but I may never fall in love with a city as much as I did with Rome.
I’m a huge tourist. By that I mean I love to go sightseeing whilst taking a billion and one photos in the process. I’m no professional photographer by any means (as you’re about to see) but I still love documenting what I come across on my travels. One of the many reasons I love Rome (and the list is the size of my arm) is that the city is extremely photogenic. I would be happily walking down the street eating gelato when suddenly I stumble upon a roman ruin or a beautiful statue – it takes twice as long to get anywhere with all this stopping and starring. Here are my favourite photos from my four days in Rome.
St. Peter’s Basilica
As one of the largest churches in the world, the sheer size of the structure blew me away; you can easily spend half a day walking around. It was the statues that really caught my eye though. As you make your way into the basilica, you pass a towering and rather scary looking statue of St. Paul. I also adore the apostles on the rooftop which appear to be safeguarding the square below.
I’ll never forget the time I laid eyes on the magnificent Trevi Fountain. I was merely following the heard of tourists who were also looking for the most famous fountain in the world. It came out of nowhere as I wondered aimlessly down a narrow cobbled street. It’s a stunning piece of architecture. The tritons and horses protruding from the fountain are my favourite parts; the rushing water makes it seem like they are escaping from the fountain! My only regret is not throwing a coin into the fountain over my shoulder!
The Vatican Museum
Yes, the queue was unbelievably long; even three hours before closing time! But it was worth the wait just to see the Sistine chapel. I can pretty much guarantee the ceiling is 100 times more breathtaking than you will ever believe it to be. The level of detail and the vast size of the ceiling make you appreciate Michelangelo’s genius – unfortunately you aren’t allowed to take pictures! I also really liked the spiral staircase as you exit. I still wonder if that’s a ghostly orb or my camera lens was dirty…
Victor Emmanuel II Monument
Possibly the biggest surprise of my trip was the Victor Emmanuel II Monument. Pictures just don’t do it justice – it’s huge! Its size isn’t the only reason why it surprised me. I had read that it was commonly derided as a white elephant, a giant typewriter and wedding cake. I think the pristine white marble makes it rather beautiful, particularly when lit up at night.
The Castel Sant’Angelo didn’t really impress me; the museum inside is rather dull. The approach is more fascinating however as you cross the bridge, Ponte Sant’Angelo. It’s flanked by five angels on either side. But it wasn’t all bad. I had the best meal here at the restaurant at the top. A delicious, authentic and affordable lasagne with stunning views overlooking the city.