Rome – Day 1

I haven’t posted in a very long time. However, I recently went on a trip to Rome and seized my chance at getting into my photography again. I was there for 4 days and will post 4 times to split it up, as there are a lot.

I went with my friend Becka and there was not an inch of Rome that we didn’t explore. On arrival we were given a map, similar to the one below and we decided to split our days accordingly.

Tuesday:

  • Spanish Steps
  • Piazza Del Popola
  • Roma Parco
  • Bioparco Di Roma

Wednesday:

  • The Vatican
  • St Peters Square and Basilica
  • The Vatican Museums
  • The Sistine Chapel

Thursday:

  • Colosseum
  • The Roman Forum
  • The Gladiator Training Ground

Friday:

  • Trevvi Fountain
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Maria Margorie

rome-map

We were based just outside of Maria Maggorie, so was only a short walk from most things. However it was 34 degrees and we did get very hot and bothered. First we visited The Spanish Steps, they are called this as the Spanish Embassy is located here. It consists of a church, bell tower, steps and a fountain.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps 2

When we were sitting at the fountain, a butterfly landed on Becka’s phone and my camera. It wasn’t bothered by us at all.

butterfly

Round the corner from the steps was another monument, not on the map but still very interesting. There are a lot of obelisks in Rome, Cleopatra must have had a lot of influence.

Praying man

scribe

From here we walked along towards the Piazza Del Popola. Along the way we were passing shops that we could only dream of going into. Tucked away in a recess I found this man and thought him fascinating.

fountain

We made it to the Piazza, this houses the famous statue of Romulus and Remus. Romulus being the founder of Rome.

Romulus

Romulus 2

Romulus 3

In the middle of the Piazza there is another obelisk and it is surrounded by 4 Lions, all of which are fountains.

Lion

Behind the Piazza are some steps into the park, this is the highest point in Rome apart from The Cupola of The Vatican. Even the steps are mounted with sphinxes.

Sphinx

The view from the top was quite spectacular, my first look at The Vatican.

The vatican

We then went and explored the largest park in Rome, there was Segways for hire as well as go carts, places to eat, a boating lake, a fountain to dip your feet in, a Roman theater as well as the Roman version of The Globe we chose to visit the Zoo. I am not usually one for Zoo’s but Becka loves them. This zoo was open air and the fences and enclosures were quite low and were not intrusive in anyway which put me at ease.

We were greeted by these little fellows, much to Becka’s delight.

Guinea pigs

Guinea pig

We made a discovery whilst in this zoo, the squawk of Kevin from Up is that of a peacock. This particular peacock loved his photo being taken and couldn’t get closer to me if he tried.

Peacock

I saw many animals, here are a few of my favourite photos.

Monkey 2

Monkey 1

Bears

Camel 1 Camel 2 Elephant

There was also a reptile house, I really enjoyed this part, minus the cockroaches.

Aligator

snake

An absolutely packed and amazing first day.

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