Holiday in Italia pt IV

Here is the final part of this holiday snaps and it’s all about Roma. Sorry, it has taken me this long but I wanted to finish this series the right way.

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 wants to scam you as a tourist… in your face.

3- The selfie stick, roses and fake ticket vendors can be regulated.

With that said, let me show you my snaps and tell you what I loved about the city:

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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.

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I shot lots of cliche shots, how could I not, it’s Roma!

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Like this one of the current wife.

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Graffiti is pretty political and religious, looks classy.

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There’s fresh food on every corner and the city smells amazing!

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Love it that everyone is dressed to impress.

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Mortadella in a Focaccia was a must!

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Back alleys and side-streets are pretty interesting for photo opportunities

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Now, I’m not too keen on ruins, not just in Roma but anywhere in the world, 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 photograph these.

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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.

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…more ruins.

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Love Italian hand gestures!

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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.

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My favourite spot, the Pantheon! I could spend hours in that place just seeing the effects of light and shadow.

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The views from any of the city’s terraces are amazing! Even in black and white under terrible light, the city looks incredible.

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Roses left behind by scammed tourists.

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WTF!?

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Another cliche pic. Remember my post from Firenze about everyone smoking everywhere?

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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 Fendi headquarters.

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The light! Probably 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.

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Crowds and garbage disrupt any charm a city has.

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The beautiful scenery of Trastevere. Besides the neighbourhood where we were staying, this is the part of Roma that I enjoyed the most. No tourist traps, peaceful and quiet and equally picturesque.

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Last day in Roma, I came just to get a picture like this. Apparently, this is illegal.

Hope you like my point of view 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.

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