Rome in Pictures: The Sights and Sounds of the Eternal City

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Can’t make it to Rome on a plane? That’s okay. Take my hand.

Let’s go back in time together.

Rome is truly the Eternal City, and for such a spectacular place, we’re going to need a sound track.

Do you trust me?



You do?

Heh. Well, then.

Andiamo. Let’s go!

Transport yourself to an earlier time. A simpler time, with simple songs about Roman guitars and a longing for a beautiful and ancient city.


Carlo Buti, often called the Bing Crosby of Italy, recorded over 1500 songs in a career that spanned the first half of the 20th century.

This is the kind of stuff my parents and grandparents listened to while cooking up some pretty awesome Italian food.

The music has a special meaning for me, and I think it will help us settle into the comforts and beauty of timeless Rome.

Like a melody from another time, let the music take you back.


Via Merulana, Rome, Italy, Fiori, Flowers
Flowers along Via Merulana in Rome.
Rome, Italy, Colosseum, Termini, Flowers
A pink flower along the way to the Forum, from Termini train station to the Colosseum. The simple pleasures of summer in Rome!



twin stairs, Rome, Italy
We couldn’t help thinking of DNA or RNA when viewing these twin helix staircases near the Colosseum.

Rome’s vitality and its morbid sense of time.

A morbid little tablet in Rome, Italy
“Today it’s me, tomorrow it will be you.” In other words, carpe diem! This creepy little slate was on the side of a church near Via Merulana in Rome.
Borromini's Cathedral in Piazza Navona
Borromini’s Cathedral in Piazza Navona, under an overcast sky.

The Pantheon

Pantheon, Rome, Italy
The Pantheon in Rome. One of the most beautiful monuments of ancient Rome. The inscription reads, “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, and Consul for the third time, made this.”

San Luigi di Francese

San Luigi di Francese, Rome, Italy
Our first taste of dragons in Italy. The inscription on the church of San Luigi di Francese reads “nutrisco et extinguo”: I nourish and I extinguish.

Roman Countryside

Countryside of Rome
Roman Countryside. Beautiful.

Piazza del Popolo

The “Plaza of the People”, where we heard a little anachronistic Queen music playing in front of these dark and foreboding twin cathedrals.

Piazza del Popolo.
The twin churches of Piazza del Popolo.

The Colosseum – Flavian’s Amphitheatre

Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Flavian’s Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum in Rome.
Interior of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Interior of the Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Vatican and its surroundings

Vatican Cathedral, St. Peter's Cathedral, Rome
St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican
Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy
Interior of the map room in the Sistine Chapel.
Stone pine, umbrella pine, Rome, Italy
The Italian stone pine or umbrella pine. A Mediterranean herbal icon.
Sunset flowers.
Sunset flowers near the Colosseum.

A sunset to say goodbye to Rome.

And we’re back in our own time again.

What parts of the world send you back in time? Have you visited any of these spots in Rome? Would you like to visit the Eternal City? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • My favorite part of Rome is Vatican City. Sooo holy.

  • We visited Rome right before holy week. It was a little crowded to say the least. I really enjoyed the Colosseum and the Sixteen Chapel which was my favorite. Your pictures brought me back to Rome. 🙂

  • This post made me rather excited for our upcoming trip to Rome next year! Thank you for sharing all of the lovely photos. I really liked the one of the countryside, definitely not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Rome! 🙂