Near the world famous Colosseum in Rome I stopped outside the Oppio Caffe on the corner of Via Nicola Salvi and Via del Fagutale to compose this photo of the a traditional Roman street lamp with the classic Roman architecture in the background. It is a shame about the number of television aerials on the roof of the building, which I find a little distracting. I often have a dilemma about whether or not to leave them in or edit them out, but most of the time I like to keep my photograph as it was.
Despite the name, Largo di Torre Argentina is a square in Rome, Italy. Home to four Republica Roman temples, the remains of Pompey’s Theatre and the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary. A “no kill” shelter for homeless cats. As you look closely at the remains of the buildings in the square you start to see cats, many cats. Then you start to count. I got to over 30 before I gave up counting, but I suspect that there are dozens and dozens, maybe even hundreds of stray cats served by this shelter. This particular cat pictured above was enjoying the warm winter sun.
I didn’t realise it at the time of capture, but this is actually the back of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore. According to Wikipedia there are 25 churches in Rome that are dedicated to Mary, but this is the largest. I have zoomed in and captured some of the beautiful stone work, but thought that this wide angle view of the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major was worth sharing.
Looking up Via di Santa Maria Maggiore I noticed this large, ornate building at the top of the hill. I had only landed in Italy a couple of hours earlier and this was one of my first photographs of the week after dropping the bags of at our nearby hotel. Although I mainly focused on the key tourist sights and getting photographs of them, this photograph shows what the majority of streets in Rome look like, although many are longer, some narrower and most have more traffic.