Blown away by Rome

A few days ago I took a trip to Rome. I had heard that there were monuments from past eras and a lot of art but all that felt short to what I experienced. We arrived at night when the city was covered by a black cloack. The moment we left the hotel the next morning I felt transported to another era.

In an area of Rome full of embassies.

The city felt a little bit like Madrid but with warmer colors like orange, yellow and white. The palm trees made the temperature artificially rise by making you feel you were in the desert and the buildings looked like cousins of Madrid’s buildings.

We started the day in the northern part of Rome, in a big park that was once property of two big old Roman families, one of them you probably know: the Medici. After arriving to the park and wandering around for a little bit we found a race track. I immediately felt like I was living 2000 years ago and chariots were racing in front of me.

A chariots race track where Romans devoted their free time millennia ago.
Sitting on top of eons of time.

Nowadays they have replaced the chariots with joggers but with those kind of surroundings it’s easy to let your imagination go wild.

A beautifully lit road.

After enjoying the track for some time we continued exploring the park.

A broken.. burnt.. columny.. thing (suggestions for the proper name are welcome).
A small lake in Villa Medici.

That lake had more than one beautiful view but I have already had trouble choosing which photos to use on the post. There were lots of seagulls and at one point two them landed on the lake throwing loads of water to their nearby comrades. It looked like two planes doing an emergency landing. The ducks doing 90 degrees turns with their whole bodies to eat some underwater life were also quite funny.

Slnc didn't have enough with his own camera.

One curious thing is that during the whole trip 2 groups of people, the girly group above and a couple, asked me to take photographs of them. I must have “I speak Spanish” tattooed on my forehead because they approached me and immediately started talking in Spanish.

An atmospheric park south of Villa Medici.

This wasn’t the only atmospheric scene that Rome gave to us, and neither the only type. If you appreciate this kind of views you will like the city.

After leaving the park and its rich families’ legacies we went to Piazza del Popolo, one of the places that I liked the most.

Piazza del Popolo.

Beautiful sky, two nearly identical romanic buildings, an obelisk with hieroglyphs from the times of the pharaons and a huge open area that even a lot of people can’t shrink. I loved the combined sensation of ancient eras, grandiosity, space and sky.

Obelisk with hieroglyphs brough to Piazza del Popolo from the first photo's chariots track.

Loes found out later that the obelisk came from the chariots track that I mentioned above.

A pharaonic mummy.

Besides the mummy there also was a Statue of the Liberty that handed his torch to you when taking a photograph together and other street performers including the sand man and the invisible man.

We then headed to the Spanish Steps. And yes, we actually arrived but there are no photos because there were so many people that you couldn’t see the stairs. After making sure that our belongings were close to us we went up the stairs and the view was definitely clearer.

View from the top of the Spanish Steps.

Not happy with all the visual feedback we had collected so far we proceeded to the breathtaking Fontana di Trevi which had about one third the space of the Spanish Steps and the same amount of people. There were so many people on the border of the fountain that I was hoping someone would fall but, sadly, that didn’t happen.

La Fontana di Trevi.

We challenged Rome to keep us in awe and, gladly for us, it accepted the challenge:

The Colosseum.
The Pantheon.
Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II.

And this was just the first day.