• Walking on the streets of Rome

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about how I took Rome for granted for too long. You know, one of those “clichéd” destinations abroad that’s close to your hometown; so you think: “I’ll go someday, there’s no hurry”, and never quite make plans to go there.

Today I’d like to share a few more photos I took there.

Since I gave you my overall impressions of Rome in that post, I’ll just add a short comment or description to provide you with some context, but mainly I want to let the images speak for themselves.

Painting and candles in church, Rome

Religious imagery reflected on shop window, Rome

As expected, religious architecture and imagery are prominent in Rome.

A Greek orthodox priest contemplates a painting, Rome

People at the Vatican, Rome

Woman standing in front of old paintings at museum, Rome

Trying to contact somebody high above?

This spiral staircase has to be one of the most photographed features in the Vatican Museums. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to convey a sense of movement by using a long-ish exposure time to make people look blurred. I didn’t quite get the result I was going after, probably because I wasn’t patient enough to wait for the right moment. Still a decent effort, though.

Spiral staircase at the Vatican Museums, Rome

Street markets in Rome are the right place to find all kinds of pasta and ingredients to cook it.

Pasta and sauce at street market, Rome

It’s not every day that you see two nuns at a kebab-pizza joint!

Two nuns at a pizza parlour, Rome

I really liked how the modern lines of the Ara Pacis Museum (designed by Richard Meier) fitted with the neoclassical (I think) façade of the church on the right. When I was there, I chanced upon a wonderful exhibition of Sebastiao Salgado’s photos, so I was doubly delighted.

Exterior of Ara Pacis Museum, Rome

Two men sitting at a cafe terrace in Rome

Man walking in Rome

A weathered orange wall and green door in Rome

Seriously, how much more Roman than the next scene can it get?

Street scene in Rome

The smart suits, the gestures, the cobblestone paving, the weathered orange walls, the small Fiat car… Unfortunately, the scene changed in a matter of two seconds, and this was the best composition I could find. The men were saying goodbye to each other and the one of the left was quickly walking out of the frame. Also, the car entered the scene a tad too late for it to look bigger and make for a more balanced image.

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican, Rome

What about you? Have you been to Rome? Do these images remind you of what you saw there? Let me know in the comments!

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