Sunday, 4 October 2015

Rome Part 1!

I am the luckiest girl in the world. For my birthday my amazing boyfriend took me to Rome. For three nights we had the Colosseum, the Vatican and the most beautiful museums right on our doorstep. There are no words to describe how fabulous and graceful these buildings and their contents are. Out of the 800 pictures that I took, I narrowed it down to 400. Then, I had to decide on my favourites. Here are just a few of them from the first day we spent in Rome. 

To say we didn't even know what this building was, we were stunned by its beauty and grandness. It turned out to be a museum to John the Baptist aka San Giovanni. It was first opened by Emperor Constantine and his Mother Helena. She had collected many statues and paintings which were later donated to the museum. It was the first Christian Church to be used for worship. 

Places of worship are easily recognised by their domed rooftops, many of which contain gold and marble. I don't know who the statue on the right is but he looked very important, and he looked as though he was judging everyone who walked past. 

Every painting was beautiful. The designs were lovely and always so meaningful. On the right is a cross made entirely from gold surrounded by marble pillars. 

Now, beneath all the tourists are the Spanish Steps. They were built in 1723 and greet thousands of visitors a year. They are also surrounded by many designer shops such as Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Chanel. 

Situated at the bottom of the steps is Fontana della Barcaccia aka Fountain of the Old Boat. It is rather beautiful like everything else in Rome and you can drink from it! Babingtons Tea Rooms is the little part of England in Rome. With an extraordinary amount of different types of tea to choose from one can't help but feeling rather British. 

Watching the sun set atop the Spanish Steps was breathtaking. Such a lovely view. 

The first and second pictures are of the Roman Opera House or in Italian Facade of the Teatro dell'Opera. It first opened in November 1880 and used to seat over 2000 people. However due to changes over time and recent modifications, the current building seats 1600. 

The third picture is the Corte Di Cassazione or The Supreme Court of Cassation. Built in 1888 it is the highest Court of Appeal in Italy and has its seat in the Palace of Justice. Looking at it you would think it was a palace. One thing you can say about the Romans....the knew how to build! 

So this was just part 1 of my adventure to Rome. There will be 2 more parts shortly consisting of the Vatican and of course the Colosseum. None of my photos have been edited. 

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