Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Roman Holiday

We may not have been quite Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck whizzing around the streets of Rome on our Vespa but we've certainly covered several miles of cobbled Roman streets on foot over the past few days.

From our wonderful hotel, centrally based just off the Campo de'Fiori we've explored markets... with their fabulous displays of fruit and vegetables

We've discovered the most amazing archeological ruins whilst wandering around streets off the beaten track...

as well as visiting some better known archeological sites.

We've sat and eaten gelato by fountains (and thrown some pennies in to ensure our return)

We've crossed bridges, some which have stood since 62 BC

We've seen churches and basilica, the beauty and scale of which cannot be descibed.

We've enjoyed the most amazing food... pizza, pasta and my favourite "Carciofo alla Roma"

Not to mention il vino... rosso...

e bianco!

After three days of glorious sunshine our last day saw some typical November weather for Rome... and we queued for one and a half hours in pouring rain to get into the Vatican museums

Although we weren't the only ones!

But it was worth it to be treated to masterpieces by Caravaggio...

Raphael...

and finally of course Michaelangelo. The Sistene chapel was breathtaking!

It has been a fabulous few days, a wonderful break... but as ever, it's good to be home!

24 comments:

  1. Oh, how wonderful! It's 20 years since I visited Rome - Mr DC has been back in the meantime and I am determined to return!

    Given the size of those wine glasses I'm not surprised you looked happy in the rain.

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  2. What a lovely post, so full of colour; how lucky you are to be able to see it all in the flesh. Thank you for a putting a little brightness into my day.

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  3. How wonderful ,Thankyou so much for sharing ...love Jan xx

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  4. Oh sounds like you had a fantastic time - it looks so wonderful - welcome back.

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  5. Dear Gina,
    Your photos brought back such happy memories for me. I love Rome. Thank you for sharing your pics. Other than the rain, it looks like it was a wonderful holiday!

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  6. What a wonderful trip - I feel as if I've been there myself now. Those marvellous ancient ruins - still with us inspite of the ravages of Mother Nature and many wars. Lovely pics of you both.

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  7. Oh how wonderful Gina, lucky you!
    It all looks so beautiful! I've never been to Rome but I would love to go. Thanks for the little taster. :)
    Vivienne x

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  8. Wow -- how exciting Gina! I've never been to Rome, but your pictures certainly make me want to go. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. The only country i have visited abroad is Rome and it is so beautiful I want to go back, Your photos took me back there.

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  10. Sounds great and looks wonderful.

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  11. How wonderful! You deserved that break!

    I've done that... queued for hours in the rain to see the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

    Isn't it amazing how you stumble on vast ruins while wandering aimlessly around the back streets!

    Celia
    x

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  12. Looks wonderful, I'd love to go one day!

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  13. Dear Audrey.
    I picked up your email today - only got home last night. Rome looks wonderful, and don't feel bad about the rain, Taba had it's first shower in months whilst we waited for our flight home. Had my first decent gin and tonic in weeks but developed an unhealthy rapport with the local rose. I still have a couple of days to get rid of before Christmas, so I'll be in touch: Ballet Russe and the Chinese textiles perhaps...? Love to Gregory. Jude

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  14. Rome is a wonderful place, and very Romantic apparently, I don't remember that bit!
    Glad you had a lovely time.

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  15. Lovely post!!! I would love to go to Rome but I fear the crowds.

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  16. Looks lovely. Love that last photo..........

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  17. It looks as though you had a wonderful time. I've never been but it's high on my list.

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  18. You are SO Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck! Only better!

    You're real.

    And you blog.

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  19. A wonderful Roman holiday...brings back my own memories of a similar holiday albeit 10 years ago ;)Susan

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  20. Well, you had me fooled, could have sworn that was a still from the film! I loved Rome and having seen your lovely photos I want to go back ... I DID throw a coin in the fountain.

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  21. Oh how fabulous! Looks like the most wonderful holiday. One of these days...

    K x

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  22. What a fantastic holiday you had Gina.

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