I spent an evening, two full days, and a morning in Rome (packing my bags), during which time I secured a visa for Jordan, my exit point from the Middle East in just over a month’s time; did a personal pilgrimage for my brother, John to churches associated with his patron saints (see previous post); had dinner on consecutive nights with friends, one of whom did the French Camino in October last year and the other hopes to do a Camino some time in the future; and visited some of the sacred and tourist sites of Rome.
For those who have been here before, here are some images to revive your memories; for those who hope to visit some time in the future, may the images serve to whet your appetite for the Eternal City:
St Peter’s Basilica
The nave of St Peter’s Basilica
The alabaster (?) image of the Holy Spirit in the rear wall behind the main altar of St Peter’s Basilica.
Michelangelo’s statue of the Pieta in St Peter’s Basilica
View of the Piazza, the Via della Conciliazione and the panorama of the city of Rome seen from the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica
A pilgrim on the viewing platform on the Dome of St Peter’s Basilica
The Victor Emmanuel Monument – known, popularly, for obvious reasons, as ‘The Wedding Cake”.
Marble Pillars and Capstone, remnant of one of the grand buildings in the Forum of ancient, Imperial Rome
The Colosseum – site of the “games” that entertained the Roman mob, including the martyrdom of many Christians
Statue and fountain in Piazza Navona
Fontana di Trevi – The Trevi Fountain
A tourist in front of the Trevi Fountain. Tradition has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain, you will one day return for another visit to Rome. I dutifully followed the tradition and hope to return here some day!
The Spanish Steps – crowded with tourists having their photos taken on the Spanish Steps
Via dei Condotti is the high market shopping street in Rome. It is home to the major fashion shops, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vitton, Giorgio Armani …. I think the shops here are so expensive that if you have to ask the price of an item, then you shouldn’t be in the shop! I believe it is also home to pickpockets (and by that I do not mean the shopkeepers!). I settled for window shopping only, more than content with my simple, pilgrim garb! No high fashion for me!
i am amused by the idea of these mini cars, just slightly longer than the width of a standard car. it means they can park vertically, rather than ranking lengthwise (as in this photo). Three of them parked vertically will almost fit into the parking space taken up by a standard car! Also, they can park in tiny spaces not accessible to the standard cars. But I would hate to be in a mini-car in an accident – there would be protection from the impact of the crash!!!
I am currently in Fiumicino airport, checked in, through security, through passport contral and ready to board my flight to Tel Aviv. But the notice board indicates that there may be a four-hour delay! Time to savour the memories of the past days.
In the words of the famous Italian song, if the Trevi Fountain fulfils the promise of a return to Rome in accord with the tradition, it is “Arrivederci, Roma!” (Until we meet again, Rome!)
And after Santiago de Compostella and Rome, onwards and upwards to that other, third great pilgrim destination of the ancient world, Jerusalem!!