I have a mixed feeling for Roma, I loved the city, the architecture, the culture, the language, the light, the history, the mysticism, romanticism and mythology of every corner but all this, at least to me was spoiled by three details that I wasn’t prepared for:
1- The city can be cleaner.
2- Almost everyone on the streets wants to scam you as a tourist… in your face.
3- Zebra crossings are deadly traps.
With that out of the way , let me show you my snaps and tell you what I loved about the city:
Traffic is savage in Roma! Expect no courtesy when crossing a street. It was quite fun trying to cross the street. It took me back to my childhood in Mexico City.
I shot lots of cliche shots, how could I not, it’s Roma!
Like this one of the current wife.
Graffiti is pretty political and religious, looks classy.
There’s fresh food on every corner and the city smells amazing!
Love it that locals are always dressed to impress. Look at this man’s shoes!
Mortadella in a Focaccia is the best!
Back alleys and side-streets are pretty interesting for photo opportunities
Now, I’m not too keen on ruins, not just in Roma but anywhere else. I have this aversion for derelict, ancient places. I’m fascinated by the history of a city but I don’t get the point of ruins. That’s why I always try to find a different point of view to include them in my pics.
And one of my golden rules is that if a scene is on a postcard, I’m not photographing it. The idea is given to you instead of you squeezing your creative juices.
Love Italian hand gestures!
Now, this is a fascinating ruin! By the way, on our first day, we took a free walking tour from newromefreetour.com I recommend taking this one as soon as you arrive. It’s very interesting and gives you all you need to know to start getting to know the city.
My favourite spot, the Pantheon! I could spend hours in that place just seeing the effects of light and shadow.
The views from any of the city’s terraces are amazing! Even in black and white under terrible light, the city looks incredible.
Roses left behind by scammed tourists.
Another cliche pic. Remember my post from Firenze about everyone smoking everywhere?
Loved this part of town not mentioned in any of the guides. It’s the museum quarter and the modern part of the city. This building is known as the “Square Colosseum” and it’s the headquarters for a fashion designer.
That light! This is what impressed me the most of Italy; when the light is right, everything looks like it’s coming straight out of a painting.
Crowds and garbage disrupt the charm of the city.
The beautiful scenery of Trastevere. This is the part of Roma that I enjoyed the most. No tourist traps, peaceful and quiet and super-picturesque.
Last day in Roma, I came just to get a picture like this. Apparently, this is illegal.
Hope you like my snaps of the eternal city.
Last and most importantly, thank you so so so much to our friend Claire and her family for the accommodation! We loved your city, culture and history and we can’t wait to be back.