22 September, 2008

Rome Photos

Even though Neil has already put up a lot of Rome photos I still want to add some of mine, so here they are...

These photos were all taken on the first day we were in Rome. That was one of the two days I had free while in Rome. On this day we decided to start with the Vatican. We went to St. Peter's first. Spent a little time walking around the square in front of it and then also went inside. It was just amazing. I was surprised at the Swiss Guard uniforms. I thought of them as heavy military, but their uniforms make them look much less threatening.

St Peters Basilica, Rome




Swiss Guards

Next we went to Castel St Angelo. It is just down the very long road which leads to St. Peters. It was built as a mausoleum for Hadrian and his family I think and then later was used to protect the Vatican. There is some mention in the Dan Brown Book Angels and Demons, I seem to remember it had something to do with the Illuminati, but can't quite remember all the details. I really need to read that book again, but anyway, here are a few pictures from our visit to the Castel







After the visit to the Castel we had a look at our map and thought that it doesn’t look very far to get to the Pantheon which it didn’t so we ended up visiting that as well on the first day. Here are some pictures of that as well, but as Neil already said it is so hard to capture it properly. So my pictures will just be from the outside and of the fountain in the piazza.




this was it from the first day we were in Rome, to finish this post here is a picture of the view we had from our Hotel’s roof top garden


More to come soon


Anonym hat gesagt…

Wow. Great photos: and looks like you had glorious weather too.

And yes, the Swiss Guard uniforms make them a little less threatening; imagine seeing that come over the hill on a battlefield. :)

Ivonne hat gesagt…

lol I hadn't even thought of that... that must have been a sight. Especially since they probably would have worn the full uniform with the strange looking helmet/hat things...