Volume 8, Issue 112; 25 Aug 2005; last modified 08 Oct 2010

Completing the travelogue of our European vacation with four days in Rome.

There's no place here on earth that the heavens have embraced with such influence of favors and grace, and with such constancy. Even in her ruin is glorious with renown and swollen with glory.

Michel De Montaigne

Our flight from Paris was uneventful, though Beauvais Tillé Aéroport is a bit of a zoo and we didn't quite manage breakfast. Get there early, that's my advice.

A smooth trip got us to Rome in time to take a tour of the Catacombs. Worth a visit, but no photography allowed, for reasons I can't fathom.

Day two was our day trip out of Rome; we visited the ruins of Pompeii.

It's a long ride, so the tour company arranged a couple of stops along the way for…biological necessities. One of the stops was at a cameo factory.

Pompeii is famous for the plaster casts of citizens caught in the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. (Odds are, it'll blow again some day.)

I'm also fond of the Cave Canum tiles.

Day three took us to the Trevi Fountain (dry and with plumbers),

the Pantheon,

and Piazza Navona by ourselves

and the Colosseum

and the Forum with a guide.

On the way we stopped to see Michelangelo’s Moses at the Church of St. Peter in Chains.

And finally, no introductory trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums.

Alas, they are phenomenally crowded at the height of summer. The banner at the top of the (online) page is St. Peter's Basilica.

For more pictures, see the Rome set on Flickr.



(I love the Cave Canem ;-)

—Posted by Danny on 25 Aug 2005 @ 11:17 UTC #

Hey Norm:

I beat you by about a month on three of those--

I went with a higher vantage point for the forum:

And here's one you forgot to do while you were in that neighborhood (although you may have just opted out of the admission fee):

More at Rome then Tuscany, mostly non-panoramic.


—Posted by Bob DuCharme on 26 Aug 2005 @ 01:37 UTC #

Nice pics, Bob! I especially like the panoramic Forum. I'll see if I can stitch together my panorama from inside the Colosseum, I'm pretty sure I took one. I'll also add a pointer to my Flickr set of Rome pics.

—Posted by Norman Walsh on 26 Aug 2005 @ 01:54 UTC #