Thursday, September 30, 2010

ITALY - ROME (III)


For five days we enjoyed the fantastic sightseeings of Rome and we walked for hours through the streets of this wonderful city. 

Our third day in Rome was quite intense. We visited San Giovanni in Laterano, San Clemente and San Pietro in Vincoli. In the afternoon we enjoyed the impressive views of Rome from the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica and the lively environment of the Trastevere.


Saint Peter's square in Rome
One of the best views I enjoyed in Rome was the Saint Peter's square from the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica


DAY 3 - 21 SEPT 2010


Visits of the day

- Scala Santa
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San Giovanni in Laterano *
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San Clemente- San Pietro in Vincoli (Moises de Michelangelo) *
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Piazza Venezia *
- Saint Peter's Dome *

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Gianicolo
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Trastevere (at night) *

* Strongly recommended


Scala Santa



Scala Santa in Rome
A tourist group began to go up kneeling the Scala Santa in Rome as soon as they arrived


San Giovanni in Laterano



San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome
The imposing facade of San Giovanni in Laterano, the cathedral of Rome and of the bishop of Rome, the Pope


San Giovanni in Laterano in Rome
Dedicated to John the Baptist and John the Evangelist, the Basilica of St. John Lateran (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano) is the first among the four major basilicas of Rome


San Clemente


Basilica di San Clemente in Rome
The Basilica di San Clemente (Basilica of St. Clement) is an early Christian basilica in Rome dedicated to Pope St. Clement (d. 99 AD)


Basilica di San Clemente in Rome
Inside San Clemente we enjoyed tiles like this one. The church has a beautiful interior, but it is especially notable for its three historical layers. The 12th-century basilica is built on top of a well-preserved 4th-century church (with many frescoes), which was built next to a 3rd-century Mithraic Temple

San Pietro in Vincoli



San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome
San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) is a Roman Catholic titular church and minor basilica in Rome, best known for being the home of Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the tomb of Pope Julius II

San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome
Reliquary containing the chains of St. Peter in San Pietro in Vincoli



Piazza Venezia


Piazza Venezia in Rome
The Piazza Venezia in Rome takes its name from the adjacent Palazzo Venezia, the former embassy in the city of the Republic of Venice. The piazza is at the foot of the Capitoline Hill and near the Roman Forum. It is dominated by the imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II


Piazza Venezia in Rome
Overview of Piazza Venezzia with the Palazzo Venezzia on the left. Traffic is intense and a bit caotic on this square


Views from Saint Peter's Dome


Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome
The great dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican soars above the altar and the baldacchino, sumptuously embellished with mosaic and stucco ornaments


Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome
Around the base of the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican we can read the solemn words from Matthew's Gospel with which Jesus invests Peter with supreme authority. The text reads: "Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam mean et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum" ("You are 'Rock' and on this rock I will build my Church, to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven." Mt 16:18)

Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome
Above the windows, the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican is divided into sixteen ribs and as many segments, decorated by majestic figures on six ascending concentric levels

Saint Peter's Square in Rome
One of the best views I enjoyed in Rome was the Saint Peter's square from the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica

View of the white Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II in Rome from the dome of Saint Peter's Basilica

Saint Peter's Square in Rome
This fantastic view of Saint Peter's Square is the most beautiful one I enjoyed from the dome of Saint Peter's  Basilica in the Vatican

Vatican Museums in Rome
The building of Vatican Museums from the dome


Governorate Palace in Vatican State
Governorate Palace viewed from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica. On the right can be seen the Vaticano Radio Station


Roof of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome
Walking over the main nave of St. Peter's Basilica where there is a souvenir shop and a postbox I mailed a postcard to Barcelona at


Gianicolo


Piazza Venezia from the Gianicolo
View of Piazza Venezia from the Gianicolo hill in Rome. This hill does not figure among the proverbial Seven Hills of Rome, being west of the Tiber and outside the boundaries of the ancient city



Trastevere



Trastevere in Rome
From Gianicolo we arrived to the always lively Trastevere. Before having supper we visited Santa Maria in Trastevere. The square in front of this basilica is one of the centres of Trastevere nightlife

Trastevere in Rome
Trattorias are the typical restaurants of Trastevere in Rome, where you can enjoy a delicious pizza

Trastevere in Rome
Trastevere is a nice place to have supper. The environment is peaceful and lovely, perfect to relax after an intense day visiting Rome


Clicking on the next link, all what we visit in Rome the next day. Besides, clicking on the next link, you will find more links to the other interesting places in Rome we visited during this trip.


You can see more pictures of the days I spent in Rome last year clicking on the next links:



You can see more pictures of other fantastic places I have visited in Italy clicking on the next links:

Venezia

- Tuscany

- Lombardia

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