Rome, Florence, Lucca and Umbria

  • Beam of light shine in through the Oculus
  • Barbara & Nick
  • Beautiful buildings, outside the Pantheon piazza
  • Elephant holding up a obelisk
  • Upscale piazza near the Pantheon
  • Ceiling of the church of San Ignazio as reflected from a mirror
  • America on the ceiling of the church of San Ignazio
  • Africa on the ceiling of the church of San Ignazio
  • Sad Baroque Scupture in the church of San Ignazio
  • Namesake of Barbara’s childhood church, sculpted by Bernini
  • While just walking along, we came across another column
  • Piazza Navona, with Bernini fountains
  • Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini
  • “I can’t get rid of that Pigeon“
  • Woman strangling a serpent with glee!
  • Building added to a Roman wall
  • Pear & walnut salad for lunch
  • Serenaders
  • Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Castel Sant’Angelo, “Let angels guide you on your lofty quest”—Dan Brown
  • Our well traveled suitcase arrives 2 day late
  • Catching a Metro
  • Hosteria Romana & funny waiter
  • The Colosseum
  • The Colosseum—each archway had a statue. The top row was added later.
  • Climbing into the Colosseum, through one of the ancient entryways
  • Inside, showing a modern stage put atop the ancient basement
  • Barbara
  • View of the basement where elevators brought animals and galadiators into the arena
  • Brick supports for the bleachers and hundreds of tourists
  • Ancient bricks of the Colosseum
  • Emperor’s box marked by cross commemorating visit by Pope John Paul II
  • Plaque on the cross
  • Modern “gladiators” posing for pictures with tourists
  • Colosseum museum mosaic
  • Lastest 300 AD hairstyle
  • Arch of Constantine
  • Emblems on the Arch of Constantine
  • Circus Maximus at the Palatine Hill
  • Palatine Hill tree
  • the Palatine Hill bricks
  • Original Palatine room uncovered recently
  • The Roman Forum showing Vittorio Emmanuele monument in the background
  • Via Sacra, main street of the Roman Forum showing basilica of Constantine. In 1976 we were the only tourists.
  • Statues decorating the Via Sacra
  • Arch of Titus, showing the Menorah being carried away from Jerusalem
  • 1,700 year old bronze doors
  • Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina
  • The house of vestal virgins, 6 vestal virgins served a 30 year term
  • Nick in the Forum