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Honeymoon: Rome

pano

Collosseum

Vatican

view

arches

park

Pantheon columns

Forum bits

Castel Angelo

trevi fountain

view

bridge view

fountain

Vatican

through the leaves

shrine

street

These photos are from the first leg of our honeymoon, Rome. We were there for 5 days, staying in an apartment (with four levels and outside terrace!) in Trastevere, and areas south of the river, which was sleepy and quiet during the day, but a going out area at night. It was completely overrun with young Americans, who presumably were there to learn Italian, but didn’t make any sort of attempt to actually speak it, not even saying the things of stuff on menus. Weird! Anyway, our street was off the main bits and nice and quiet.

It was so hot! High 30s at least. We did loads of walking about though (it was a more walkable city than I expected), visiting all the main sites and just enjoying the streets, having ice cream and food. I won’t bore you with the details, but email me if you ever need tips for things to do!

The one thing that was weird about Rome though was that it really didn’t have the atmosphere of other capital cities. In fact, it didn’t really feel like a real city much at all. It’s obviously so pretty, and has got so much fantastic stuff to look at, but it just seemed to be all tourists and the American students and I couldn’t see where the people that lived there and did normal things were. Well, obviously people worked in the ministries and shops, but I can only assume that the students and young people and parents are conducting their social lives in the suburbs and never enter the centre. Even in other really touristy places, like certain parts of Paris (or indeed Edinburgh), it’s usually possible to find the bars and restaurants and general hanging out places where there’s a balance between visitors and locals without too much trouble. Which isn’t to say I didn’t like Rome, I loved it to visit, but unlike Paris and Barcelona and Amsterdam and Berlin, I really couldn’t picture myself living there.

If you’re so inclined, all the Rome photos can be found on my flick stream.

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  • Kim Daniels 28 September 2011, 12:08 pm

    Congrats, Franca! Great honeymoon pics – looks like perfection. 🙂

  • Cat McLaughlin 28 September 2011, 1:36 pm

    Nice pics. Looks like you got some great weather – hope you had a fab time!

  • Rhianne 28 September 2011, 3:20 pm

    gorgeous photos Franca, I'm looking forward to looking at the flickr set at some point.

    I loved that you could see people living and working in Paris, we stayed near the canal and it was definitely somewhere that people lived which gave us a great incite. How odd that Rome didnt feel that way… I bet it was so fun for your photos though 🙂

  • Citizen Rosebud 28 September 2011, 3:32 pm

    These pics are incredible! Did you take 'em and with what camera! I love the perspective on them and the view is so pretty! I'm glad you had a wonderful time. You make me want to visit.

  • oranges_and_apples 28 September 2011, 3:46 pm

    Actually will reply here as well as Twitter in case other people want to know too: all the photos were taken by me using a Canon 600 and my shiny new 50mm 1.8 lense. The fixed length (is that what you call it?) lense and having such a narrow angle really makes you focus on how you frame the photos.

  • Courtney 28 September 2011, 4:14 pm

    OMG so happy for you!

  • devorelebeaumonstre. 28 September 2011, 6:22 pm
  • northwest is best 29 September 2011, 9:46 am

    Lucky you! Hope you had a fab time. I went to Rome a few years ago and have to admit I didn't enjoy the atmosphere that much. It was hard to relax because of all the street vendors trying to sell me knock off handbags, and men making kissy noises at me.

  • northwest is best 29 September 2011, 9:47 am

    Plus there was some facist grafitti sprayed on the door of the hostel I stayed in. Yikes.

  • oranges_and_apples 29 September 2011, 10:04 am

    Eek! I was really expecting there to be more male sleaziness, but didn't get any. Obviously I was in a couple, but I didn't really see it happening to other people either, which was most unexpected! The only place where I thought the street vendors where really awful was the Spanish steps. We stayed there for about three minutes, we needed to get out!

  • ModePlus 29 September 2011, 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! Hope you enjoyed your time in Rome. 

  • Rome Food Tour 29 September 2011, 9:56 pm

    Amazing photography around Rome! Thanks for sharing. If you return please don't hesitate to check us out 🙂

  • BetweenLaundryDays 30 September 2011, 3:14 pm

    Mmm, I LOVE Italy! Rome isn't my favorite, precisely because of all the crazy tourists, but I do love it because it's so full of amazing historical stuff, but I adore other parts of Italy.

  • Marie 27 November 2011, 4:00 pm

    amazing, so envious of such a lovely trip! right now hot sounds tempting.
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  • Giulio Bottai 10 December 2013, 11:05 am

    ” […] I can only assume that the students and young people and parents are conducting their social lives in the suburbs and never enter the centre […]”

    Well, I’m two years late – but you’re right here! As a native Roman myself, I can confirm that Romans almost never go to the city centre: it’s tourists’ playground (residents there have gone the way of the dodo). Personally, I’ve never visited the neither Colosseum, or St. Peter’s, or the Vatican Museums for that matter… the city’s historical centre is nowadays as authentic as Disneyland, I’m afraid.

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