The stereotype of wildly gesturing Italians is true. Here’s a moment when our taxi driver took both hands of the wheel to describe some Roman history.
The Roman logo from the Rome’s foundation myth. The twins Romulus and Remus were abandoned by the river Tiber. A flood carried them to safety and they were fed by a wolf and woodpecker before being found and raised by shepherds. Natural leaders, they each gained followers and founded new settlements. Romulus chose Palatine Hill and Remus on neighboring Aventine Hill. Remus was killed in a quarrel and Romulus named the new city after himself, Rome.
One of our reasons for going visiting Rome was to meet up with Chris and Kristen, who were at the tail end of their Italian trip.
It happened that we were in Rome for the weekend of the 110th Harley Davidson anniversary celebration. The usual scooters zipping through traffic were joined by thousands of roaring hogs. The Vatican even blessed the riders.
The motorcycles got lots of wistful looks, from tourists, traffic cops, and this pair of priests.
Bicycle powered knife grinder.
I would feel very safe in this building.
This shot near Campo de’ Fiori was a refreshing oasis in the midst of an intense city. This was one of my favorite neighborhoods, with a relaxed vibe, lots of interesting stores, ample shade, and of course pizza.
This shot of Piazza Venezia shows the more hectic side or room, with cars and scooters coming from every direction.
View from the Villa Borghese gardens, where we escaped the heat one afternoon. One of the most refreshing parts of this trip is the absence of glass towers.