Remember that old song from the B-52s? Okay, it was actually Roam if You Want To. But close enough.
Depending on how many things shake out, I may fly in and out of Rome during my June trip to Italy. And, depending on many things, I might be able to spend a few nights in Rome before I leave. Which would be great – I do love Rome. Even in the madness of late June!
After several visits during the height of tourist seasons, I able two years ago to visit Rome in January. I rented an apartment for two weeks during January 2008 and saw an entirely different side of Rome. It was fantastic! I luxuriated in a city that for once wasn’t extraordinarily crowded by hoards of visitors. (I don’t mean to sound condescending to my fellow tourists; I’m just saying how much I enjoyed spending time around Rome when it was not crazy-busy. )
(The above two photos are, of course, from the dome and the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.)
January weather in Rome was just fine – I was completely comfortable in a light raincoat and shoes – no need for boots or even gloves.
I loved visiting the Vatican Museums when I could move slowly through the rooms, and stand for extended periods in front of famous works (such as the Laocoön, above) without worrying that I was blocking someone else’s view, or being blocked. I could climb to the very dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican without waiting in a long line. At times, the Sistine Chapel was almost empty.
Anyway, thinking about Rome has led me to post just a few of my favourite photos from that January trip, and think about favourite places I might like to re-visit in June.
That above is from one of my favourite piazzas, the Piazza del Popolo, where lions guard the Egyptian obelisk in the middle of the piazza.
The photo above is from the cloister inside the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.
And this photo is from the courtyard of the mysterious Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza. I say mysterious, because I have tried many times and not once been able to actually get inside this beautiful, Borromini-designed church which lies between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
Notice the beautiful winter moon just beginning to appear in the late-afternoon sky, as if it’s trying to push the sun down over the horizon before its time!