Friday, December 7, 2012


I have been to Rome four times and like Frank Sinatra now I do it my way.  The first time was with a church tour.  It was a whirlwind three days of seeing many things but not able to spend time really looking at things.  The second time was with my friend, her son, my daughter and me.  We rented an apartment for a week just across the river from the Vatican.  We got to see almost everything we wanted to see.  The next two times were on cruises and I took the excursion "Rome on your own".  The bus dropped me off in front of the Vatican and I was free to explore on my own.

The front of St. Peters
 The main altar of St. Peters
 The Bernini Columns
Another view.  For more information on Bernini go to's_Baldachin
 The Pieta by Michelangelo.  This is right inside the door over to the right as you enter the basilica.  I first saw this at the New York Worlds Fair in 1964 and said "Gee that's a nice piece of work."  I've seen it every time I've been in Rome and I am more amazed each time.  I saw his David when I was in Florence but I think The Pieta is his best work.
 The Pantheon. It is one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church dedicated to "St. Mary and the Martyrs" but informally known as "Santa Maria Rotonda."[5] The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda.  For more information on the history of the Pantheon go to,_Rome .  One of the amazing things with this building is that there is a hole in the roof and there is an area cordoned off if it rains because the floor is wet.
 The Trevi Fountain
 A different view
View of the Vatican from where the bus picked me up for the trip back to the ship.

Doing Rome on my own I spent several hours in St. Peters and actually attended Mass that morning.  Then I walked from there to Piazza Navona and from there the Pantheon.  I had lunch in a little restaurant called Antonios. My favorite restaurant in Rome.  It's on a side street off the Partheon.  Papa Antonio welcomed me with a glass of white wine as I sat down.  Lunch was gourmet.  From there I walked over to the Trevi fountain and tossed some coins in the fountain to insure I will return to Rome.  It was a wonderful afternoon doing my thing in Rome.  I walked back to the Vatican in time to catch the bus back to the ship.
I've been to Rome in March, May,and twice in December.  I recommend going in early December.  The weather is possible rain with temperatures in the 50's but there are no crowds at the attractions.  March was cloudy and rainy but uncrowded.  May was hot and crowed.  The Trevi Fountain looked like an ant hill and St. Peters was wall to wall people.

1 comment:

Ladee said...

I think that the "Rome on Your Own" is a great way to visit after you have been escorted through the city. The photos are beautiful. Nice job!! The Pieta is breathtaking.