Day 5 ended with us exhausted, crashing onto our beds and having a sound night's sleep after a paradoxical search for a hotel with available rooms in what is one of the largest cities in the world with plenty of hotels. But that's how things were that night. We woke up to a beautiful day [...]
After a hearty breakfast, we explored the Grottammare fortress and beach, then got on the road to Rome. That's right, that day we planned to cross the whole of Italy, from the coast of the Adriatic Sea almost to the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, which we would reach on our sixth day after exploring [...]
As I think upon the wars and conflicts of recent times (Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Syria), and the reasons for their occurrence, I'm reminded of Romania's past, and its conquest by a newly elected Roman emperor by the name of Trajan. If the picture isn't clear to you by already, let's connect the dots. Back then, [...]
This is a two-part article. Here's Part 1. While in Rome, my brother kept dangling this promise of taking our bicycles out to Via Appia and making a day trip out of it. I wanted to see it because the Via Appia was the most important Roman road of its time. Roman bases, villas and [...]
In March of 1999 I visited Rome. It was my first trip to Italy and I had a wonderful time. I stayed with my brother, who at the time was on a 3-year fellowship there to do research. He studies myths and religions and does comparisons between deities in various cultures. He also collects folklore: [...]
Seen at start of Via Appia in Rome.
Taken March 1999 in Piazza Navona, Rome.
At some point, I've got to photograph the Collosseum during the day, but I have a feeling it's not going to look nearly as dramatic as it does at night. This was back in '99, during some heavy renovations. I couldn't get in to see it from the inside.
I was wondering around Rome in the spring of '99, it was getting late, and I came across this big intersection with a huge, classically-styled building dominating the view. I'm pretty bad with names, but I think it was Piazza Vittoria. It looks like the building is still in use.
Also from Rome in '99, a few views of the River Tiber, taken from its banks.