Friday, August 08, 2008

CITTÀ ETERNA!

ROME - JUNE 1997

After an Easter in Prague, I was in Paris in May 1997. No pictures, however. But in June, we travelled again, the three of us. Rome was the destination!

Rome is also known as the Eternal City! Furthermore, there is Roma, Città Aperta of Rossellini and Roma of Fellini, as well as many other Roma(s). This post does not envisage to be included in the list ;). It's just a personal view made out of some disposable camera lousy pictures taken in June 1997 (times when the video camera was the queen), twenty two years after our first time there in 1975!


"VIEW - The Intercontinental De La Ville Hotel is not the Hassler, though it's located next door at Via Sistina. Anyhow, it's a nice place to stay and the view from our top floor room was quite enjoyable"


"SCALINATA - The Spanish Steps, close to the Spanish Embassy in Rome, are a must for every tourist in Rome. The result can be seen here around the Barcaccia Fountain!"


"TRINITÀ DEI MONTI - On the top of the Scalinata, we may see the Obelisco Sallustiano, the Church also known as the «Santissima Trinità al Monte Pincio» and, on the right hand side of the photo, the Hotel Hassler with the famous rooftop restaurant. The church was started in 1502, by Louis XII of France to celebrate his successful invasion of Naples. It was consecrated in 1585"


"COLOSSEUM - The Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Its construction started between 70 and 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD, when it was prepared to seat up to fifty thousand spectators. «Panem et Circenses»!"




"PALATINO - According to Wikipedia, «The Palatine Hill is the centremost of the Seven Hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. It stands 40 metres above the Forum Romanum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other». Always loved to stroll there..."



"THE FORUM - The Roman Forum, located between the Palatine hill and the Capitoline hill, is the area around which the ancient Roman civilization developed and was the actual centre of the Empire"


"THERMAE - The Baths of Caracalla, built between 212 and 216 AD, during the reign of the Emperor Caracalla, were a huge leisure centre in Rome, including, further to the Baths, a library and a gym! Now you may attend the «Open-air summer festival by the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma», usually in July"


"VIA APPIA - The Appian Way, «THE QUEEN ROAD», was the most important ancient Roman road connecting Rome to Brindisi. On the left we may see the tomb of the fifth Caecilia Mettela, daughter-in-law of Marcus Licinius Crassus, the Roman general who suppressed the slave revolt led by Spartacus and entered into First Triumvirate, with Pompeius and Julius Caesar"


"CAMPIDOGLIO - The Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio in Italian) has almost all Roman ruins covered up by the Medieval palaces that surround the piazza, mostly designed by Michelangelo. Capitoline was also the origin for the English word capitol..."


"LUPA - This is the famous bronze sculpture depicting the Capitoline she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Thought to be an Etruscan work of the 5th century BC, it seems however, according to recent radiocarbon dating, that it was manufactured in the 13th century AD. For sure is that the twins were added in the late 15th century!"


"ISOLA TIBERINA - The Tiber Island, a 270m long and 67m wide boat-shaped island, is the only island in the Tiber river. The bridge we see here is the one to be crossed to get to the nice restaurants in Trastevere..."


"GINO DA TRASTEVERE - Gino is one of the nice restaurants in Trastevere. Eating fish and looking at people...!"

27 comments:

Trotter said...

Rome is a gorgeous city. The pictures here are far from being interesting, but they show some of my favourite spots in the Eternal City!

Maddy said...

I have started my world tour in your pages.!!!

Trotter said...

Maddy,
You're welcome! It's truly a world tour... ;)

kunal said...

ur pics brought rome very close to me

Trotter said...

Kunal,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here! This is a Revival blog, with pictures from a predigital era; should you wish to see something more recent, including Rome and other cities, please have a look at Blogtrotter...

Syaa_Fiqq said...

hai GMG..
thanks for your comment....

your blog also nice and cheerful...

Trotter said...

Syaa Fiqq,
You're welcome! My pleasure to visit your blog! This one has been a bit neglectedin favour of Blogtrotter... ;))

Kcalpesh said...

Hi, I find your blog very enjoyable and informative. Wonderful pictures you've shared.

Trotter said...

Kcalpesh,
Thanks for your visit and first time comment here. This bolog has been a bit neglected in favour of Blogtrotter; please try the more recent and tell me what you feel!!

joo said...

Amazing city, isn't it? Haven't been there for agese - thanks for showing:)

Trotter said...

Joo,
Me too! Feeling stuck... ;)

OBAT KANKER said...

hi

Trotter said...

Obat,
Hi!???

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu visiting your blog

Trotter said...

Pak Karamu,
Thanks! This one has been a bit neglected in favour of Blogtrotter, which you may also appreciate!

Kcalpesh said...

Busy people busy streets and the TOURISTs.... Nice shots awesome place :-) Thanks for your comments on Pixellicious Photos!

Trotter said...

Kcalpesh,
I'm afraid you have been directed to the old revival 90s instead of getting to the updated Blogtrotter! Thanks for the comment anyhow.

Leif Hagen said...

CONGRATS on your 34th anniversary! Cheers!

Trotter said...

Leif,
How did it happen that you landed here? Blogtrotter is still around Iceland... ;))

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much.I appreciate for your wonderful photography and beautiful description of the place.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Trotter said...

Babli,
Thanks for your visiit and first time comment here. Glad that you liked this old blog. You probably will also enjoy the more updated Blogtrotter!!

JD said...

awesome place and an equally awesome blog..

Trotter said...

JD,
Thanks for the visit and comment here. If you enjoyed this old blog, you may also be interested in the more recently updated Blogtrotter...

Ted Roth said...

Finally places I've visited!!! First Prague and now Rome. While I enjoy seeing new places, I get a different pleasure from following your eye among familiar sites. When I was there I shot only video which I edited into something almost coherent. Thanks for taking me back.

Trotter said...

Ted,
By this time, most of my pictures were video recorded and the photos, usually taken with disposable cameras, were only to easily show to family; more than sites we see people there... ;)

Elise said...

wonderful pictures of Rome - I remember it well ! Happy Christmas to you

Trotter said...

Elise,
Pictures... I've seen better, but Rome is a great city, indeed... ;))