Europe – Part 1: Rome, Italy

I had the amazing opportunity of touring 4 Countries in Europe, a little over 2 months ago. The vacation started with Rome and ended with Berlin, with Switzerland, Milan, Stockholm & Potsdam in the midst of it all! I’d like to share, in pictures, the beauty of these places and a little bit of facts and history I learned during my trip

1st stop – 4 days in Roma! (Rome, Italy)

The welcome board at the airport 🙂

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Our first stop on the rainy day was but obviously at The Vatican. The museum displays works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.

The Sistine Chapel with its ceiling decorated by Michelangelo and the Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route. We weren’t allowed to take photographs or shoot videos in those areas. 

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The beautiful & timeless paintings took my breath away!

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And who would believe what efforts it took to create these fantastic & artistic ceilings!

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A look inside the St. Peter’s basilica inside The Vatican:

Day 2: I walked around the Piazza Navona square

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I’ve always been an awkward poser…

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One of the many art forms you get to see on the streets of Rome

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No idea how this man was sitting ON air! I actually went close to have a look and it did seem like he was sitting on thin air..

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Happened to walk in to the Campo-dio-fiori area as I had read in one of the travel blogs. Et Voila! The place is a treasure hunt for an avid traveller..there was a fruit market, a flower market, souvenir stalls etc.

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Next stop was at the St. Angelo Castle (Castel Sant’Angelo) which means Castle of the Holy Angel. It is a towering cylindrical building in which was initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Castle was once the tallest building in Rome.

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The locks on the bridge of the castle as a sign of love and unity forever (P.s. the red one is mine):

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Music at the Castle…and a view of the bridges surrounding it:

Day 3: The Colloseum & other important places!

The Colosseum also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering. The Colosseum could hold between 50,000 & 80,000 spectators & was used for gladiatorial contests & public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, & dramas based on Classical mythology. It was devastated by the Great Fire of Rome in AD 64.

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Next we visited The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II(National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) which is a monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.

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The Vittoriano features stairways, Corinthian columns, fountains, an equestrian sculpture of Victor Emmanuel and two statues of the goddess Victoria riding on quadrigas.

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One can see almost the entire city of Rome from the roof of the Monument:

The second last stop in Rome before we headed off to the Airport to catch our flight to Zurich, was the ‘Spanish Steps’. The Spanish Steps are a set of steps climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna (the small pond with a fountain) the at the base and Piazza TrinitĂ  dei Monti, dominated by the TrinitĂ  dei Monti church at the top.

Piazza di Spagna:

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The Spanish Steps:

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We headed off to the airport, and to kill time, we stopped at the Fumicino Beach near by, as a last stop before saying good bye to Rome 🙂

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Whoever said “Rome was not built in a day”, was justified in saying so. One of the most architecturally beautiful places I have ever been to. So long Roma!

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