Me - Posing in Rome
After an enjoyable couple of weeks in Sicily there was time for a visit to Rome for a couple of days afterward. I was suitably impressed with the grandeur that is Rome - it's Big and Busy for sure and encompasses a blend of the modern and ancient world with something to see of each almost everywhere. This observation struck me the first time and remains true of my impressions on subsequent visits here. There was some opportunity to walk about for a couple days, visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vittorio Emanuele Monument, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter's Cathedral, Piazza di Pepoli, and some assorted lesser well known places. I've heard it said that you could spend a lifetime in Rome and still not see everything.
Via dei Fori Imperiali view
I was satisfied with a sampling of the things I did see in Rome, realizing there would be opportunities to see more later. I won't elabotate on the tourist sights too much (that's what reviews are for I think), but I do have an entertaining story to tell.
Everyone who goes to Rome wants to see the Colosseum, of course, and it is impressive, but I rather thought it smelled sort of stongly like urine in places (they don't tell you that in the tourist books) and there are annoying street hawkers around this area that won't leave you alone. It's also a den of thieves as me and my friend Gang discovered. They have this tactic (working in pairs) where one person comes up to you and distracts your attention with a newspaper, baby (yes, a baby!) or such, while the other tries to pick your pocket. In one instance, my friend felt a hand in his pocket and grabbed at the thief - all the contents of his pocket (money and all) fell all over the ground.
Me @ Arch of Constantine
The thief fell to the ground too and my friend shouted in a loud voice, "What do you think you are doing?". That attracted attention and a burly Italian fellow who observed the incident, ran over and picked up the thief by her feet before she could get away and held her upside down while calling for the Police. Italians are very good samaritins it seems and several got in on the action in locating a policeman. The Police were not long to arrive and began asking questions. Statements were made by my friend, myself and some others who witnessed the incident. The police were satisfied and the thief was taken away. I got the impression nothing serious would happen and the thief would probably be released after being held for a bit and reprimanded. We thanked the people who assisted and the burly fellow gave us some advice to avoid a similar incident in the future. Nevertheless, we were more careful after this and learned a lesson from it. Otherwise we had a splendid time in Rome, and enjoy my photos from 1995. Just as an aside, and this is a retro blog of mine, I thought I would include an interesting link here for some vintage pictures of Rome if anyone is interested in it: Rome as You've Never Seen
. Salute di Roma!