Rome, June 2006



Click here to see pictures from the September trip

St. Peter's Square. Pope Benedict XVI is seated under the distant canopy. Nice of him to pop out for us!



One of many, many...

... many cups of espresso

 


Spaghetti with proscuitto

The Pantheon

Interior, with sunlight streaming through the oculus

Yet more coffee!

Statue of Vittorio Emmanuele II

Cypress trees line the Via dei Fori Imperiali, leading to the Colosseum

Well, if you can't fix it, we'll push it to a garage who can!

 


It's where I like to go for my holidays, whenever there's an opening.

Italians like their grafitti as colourful as their gardens









 


Inside the huge dome of St. Peter's Basilica, as seen from the viewing gallery. The two-metre high inscription reads... 

"TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM 
ET TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM"

or 

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. 
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven."


Close-up of the mosaic tiles

Between the inner and outer domes, on the way to the top.

It's a bit tight as it gets higher, and the passageways are often jammed with the larger-framed faithful making their sweating pilgrimage to the top.

St. Peter's Square, from the top of the Basilica dome.

The dome ceiling

Why can't all manhole covers look this good?

Don't call us Munchkins, or we'll kick your ass!

Martyn and Colin, plus local bar-owner Antonello Scanu, compare the effects of Italian food on the figure. Antonello runs 'Black Coffee' on Via Cartagine