Everyone's Rome is different.
Rome is a big city where the population goes about its business, taking the influx of tourists in stride. When you look at what and how they drive, you are amazed that there are not a huge number of traffic fatalities...
If you cross the street in traffic, cars and motorcycles either stop or weave around you... of course it is better not to tempt your fate too often.
The places you go and the things you see are what determines your Rome. For me, it's a Markovian Walk, not entirely random, going from piazza to piazza, from fountain to museum, with a stop here and there for a bite to eat and a glass of wine at a trattoria.
Rome is too big to blog, too big to encapsulate in a few phrases... It's a huge buffet that needs to be sampled many times. To paraphrase Cesar "I, came, I saw, I conquered a little and have to come back again. "
Here are some of the items that I enjoyed over the last couple of days.
Piazza Del Popolo
This is a huge open space piazza, with 3 church's on it and a wonderful fountain. The statues on one end represent victorious Rome, the ship beaks on the column represent naval victories.
All tourists go to the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), I really don't know why... but I did as well.
The Fontana di Trevi on the other hand has me drawn in with both feet. Here we have drama; we have water, and a crowd of people as an audience...
It is even more spectacular at night... especially when a religious procession passes by.
My friend Naomi me was very kind to tell me about sculpture/architects Bernini and Boromini and also listed a number of places to find Caravagio (especially at the Borghese Gallery)... Unfortunately I didn't plan ahead, and when I got there, it was sold out... so I went for a walk with Serendipity to see what was in there on the Borghese park grounds.... I was not disappointed as you can see.
I found this wonderful sculpture of woman and a fawn playing with their child.
I also found a number of sculptures dedicated to Writers & Poets. This one to Gothe is fabulous... They event have one dedicated to the Persian poet Ferdovsi.
I really like Caravaggio because he does things his own way. He has great technique and can paint whatever he wants, but what I really like is how he adds the unexpected and the off beat into his compositions! Take for instance the madussa's head on the shield, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Fortunately the Borghese Gallery doesn't have a monopoly on him, so I went to see him "in the wild". I found 2 beautiful ones at the Maria del Pocono Cathedral; though my photos aren't of the highest quality, we can clearly see his panache in the conversion of St. Paul and the Crucification of St. Peter.
The documentation states that the church wasn't too happy with there paintings, and you can probably see why... myself I love them.
Another place I found Caravaggio hiding was in the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica at the Palazzo Barbernini. Here he paints Judith cutting off the had of Holofernes, a scene from the old testament. I like how she looks almost clinical in doing this heroic/dastardly deed. They also have a monk contemplating life/death, holding a skull.
Also there, was this wonderful painting by Rafaello, La Fornarina. She was a baker's daughter and Rafaello's lover.
The Vittoriano is a huge monument to Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. It looks boring during the day time, but great to visit in the evening.