Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When in Rome

Rome does not particularly interest me. All the good memories I have of the place are traceable to our hostess with the mostest, Puy. 

Fellas, meet Puy (in her lovely apartment with our very filling last meal in Rome). 

Rome is too much of a city to spend a vacation in, in my opinion. History and architecture buffs will have a field day there, I'm sure. The Vatican and many magnificent cathedrals will also interest Catholics. But since I am none of these, I just went about taking photos of the must-see sights and anticipated moving on to the next city in our itinerary.

Anyway, here's a rundown of what you can see in the city.
(Warning: Too many photos after the jump)

Day 1 took us to the Spanish Steps in Piazza di Spagna ...

...where there were too many tourists taking photos like this. Hee

The sculpture behind us is the "Fountain of the Old Boat" built in the 1600s by Pietro Bernini.

Oi, we chanced upon a shoot for Italian Vogue in the Spanish Steps!

We belong. LOL

Also went to see the Pantheon, not to be confused with the Parthenon.

This is the Trevi Fountain

Legend has it that if you throw a coin over your left shoulder into the fountain,
then you are sure to return to Rome.
We did that because we need to pass through Rome to get to the Italian countryside. More on this later.
(Quick fact: An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. That's around PhP180,000!)

One of my fondest memories in Rome is eating gelato near the Spanish Steps, courtesy of Puy.
Don't you just love her already?

We were each given two huuuuuge scoops of ice cream that was bound to melt under the heat.
Parang si Malik lang kami sa kalat.

Piazza Navona.
In this plaza, you will find the Fountain of the Four Rivers by the younger and more famous, Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The Vatican, where we saw the majestic St. Peter's Cathedral and the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. 

We sent Malik a post card from the Vatican post office.
Considering the Philippine postal system, it should arrive in Manila in time for Malik's 3rd birthday.

My, my. The Vatican Museum is a treasure trove of human achievement.
We spent four hours inside.

The Roman Forum and the Colosseum

We met up with my brother-in-law's mom, Tita Amy.
She's been living in Italy for the last 27 years...

... and was thus able to feed us proper Italian food. Tanto buon cibo!

Castel Sant'Angelo that was a mausoleum, prison, fortress and Papal residence at different  points in time.

Here's a fantastic view of Rome from the top of Castel Sant'Angelo.

And here's a random shot of a store front in Rome. Nice no? Parang gusto kong tumira diyan.
Santa Maria Magiorre...

... and San Giovanni Laterano - two of five patriarchial basilicas in Rome

And before I head off to bed, in case you're wondering why cars in Italy are hardly washed, it's because it costs 13 euros (around P600!) to get your car cleaned there. Uh-huh. Now you appreciate living in Manila. Goodnight! :)


  1. I recognize some of the places...from Angels and Demons! LOL

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. Hey Mel, oo nga! We were always saying "oi, ito yung nasa pelikula." Parang mas importante ang Angels and Demons kesa sa centuries of art and history. Heehee


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