Since Natalie was doing a term of school in Italy, I hadn't been to Rome in awhile, I had
some free time and got a decently priced flight, I decided to make the jaunt over the pond
to see Rome again. Surprisingly, it took me less travel legs to get to Rome than to Saskatoon.
Go figure. Incidentally, I'm sure I screwed up some of the Italian translations, so kindly
point out anything that is wrong on here, since Italian is not my forte.

Me coming off the plane from Portland via Cincinnati.

This is Natalie in her room that she shared with another architecture student in Rome's Trestevere district.

As we explored the city, Natalie found us a very unique event. This is an Italian stage version
of Cannibal the Musical, the Trey Parker and Matt Stone film school flick. See more about the
film here: Cannibal the Musical .

Here's a shot of me throwing a Canadian penny into the Trevi fountain.

A shot of Natalie doing the same.

This is a view of Rome from the top of the Trestevere area.

Another view from the same spot.

Since Natalie was still in school when I came to Rome, I got to take advantage of an
architecture student's tour of modern Rome. This is the first place we stopped at the EUR,
the Esposizione Universale di Roma. Honestly, I think I was more interested in most of the
tour than the architecture students. The site was built to represent an "ideal city" and, as
is typical of fascists everywhere, supposed to show proof that cultural development happens
under fascism.

A vertical history of Rome, as Mussolini saw it.

This is the Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, the Palace of the Italian People. It's been seen in
many movies and TV shows, including a Nike football ad in Europe.

Natalie in front of said building.

Some Nazi graffiti in the EUR.

Statue in front of the People's building.

Inscription on the building which reads: "A people of poets, artists,
something, doctors, thinkers, scientists, navigators, and explorers." Like
most of the government buildings in EUR, this palace was never used and is still
sitting empty, although there's some work going on to finally use it for something.

A shot of me standing on some column to get a better picture of the building.

The Palazoi dei Congressi in the EUR. This building is one of the coolest in the EUR, and was designed in
1937 by Libera, but only completed in 1957. The dome is actually sized to be large enough to house the Pantheon.

View of the Palazzo dei Congressi.

The pyramid here (Gaius Cestius) is actually part of the Roman walls. When Aurelian's (Roman emperor who built
the walls in Rome) architects found any strong enough buildings along the path of the wall, they simply
incorporated it.

The new theatres of the arts in new Rome. These buildings are called the cockroaches
by the locals here because of their roof's shape.

View of the theatre showing off the lead roofs, and the outdoor amphitheatre.

The Catholic church, as a builder, is ostentatious and generally searching for imposing structures.
The new churches it has been commissioning are no different; they're just odder.
This is the Church of the Jubilee, built for the year 2000. It was designed by Richard Meier, a guy who
obviously really likes white, and I personally don't think this looks like a church at all. For more
information on this church click Here

Here is one of the "sails" of the building. The material is a type of concrete which has had
titanium oxide added to make the surface even whiter. (kudos to Natalie for knowing this)

View from the back side of the church.

View inside the church. Everything this designer does is incredibly white.

Looking down to the altar from the choir's elevated platform.

View up the pipe organ and out the roof.

Shot of the pipe organ from the altar.

It took me awhile to figure this out, but apparently the word "Bar" just means
a place where you buy something. The reason I initially took this picture is
because I had never seen a bar in a church before.

Parishioner's view of the altar and crucifix.

View of the roof.

Side profile of one of the "sails".

Virtual tour of Saint Peter's Basilica

Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City is the largest Catholic church in the world. There
has been reams written about this building, so please feel free to read about it Here or Here .

The front of the church from the interior of the basilica.

On the floor of the basilica are many types of inlaid marble. This particular pattern on the
floor is in Pope John Paul's honour.

View from the centre of the church looking up to the top of the dome.

The thingy (Bernini's canopy) in the centre of the church. The only other more important
work of art in this cathedral would probably be the Pieta by Michelangelo.

From the front of the church, looking out towards the Piazza San Pietro. As per the norm
in Rome, the centre of the piazza is a stolen Egyptian obelisk.

We took the trip to the top of the church. This was a sign right before the 495 steps to the top
of the roof.

On the way up the steps, there were a few small windows looking out into the city.

Miss Natalie Jackson, from the top of St Peter's Basilica, looking out to the piazza.

Natalie and I on St Peter's.

This is part of the Vatican Museums, inside of which is, among other things, the Sistine Chapel.

A hot air balloon.

From the top of the first roof of the church, you are afforded a great view of the
top of the dome.

Natalie and I think that these were Ukrainian dignitaries of some kind.
The bright red outfits and the crazy boots were what led us to this conclusion.
Naturally, I used Natalie as foreground, and snapped a shot of the Ukes.

I took this picture for my good friend Des, who abhors an empty statue spot.

Here is Natalie with the Piazza and the Basilica behind her.

Natalie with the Forums of Trajan behind her.

This is a bust of Julius that I thought needed me stabbing him in the back.

The Colosseum in Rome

One of the most memorable buildings in Ancient Rome, the Colosseum has been here for a few years.
Originally designated as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum was designed for
a capacity crowd of ~ 45,000 people in several tiers. Emperor Vespasian commissioned
the building in 72 AD as a general amphitheatre to please the masses. It was finished
astonishingly quickly for its time in the 80s (not 1980ís!) by Vespasianís son, Domitian.
The site was chosen near Neroís enormous palace of Domus Aurea, and some historians are quick
to point out that its construction was only possible with valuables looted from King Herodís Temple
in 70 AD. Some say that the name Colosseum must derive from the term colossus, which was form of
large monumental statue at the time. The Colossus of Nero used to stand near the site, which gives
credence to this theory.

Natalie with the Arch of Constantine behind her.

Looking down into the bottom of the Colosseum. The floor that you can see here would be where the
Gladiators would have been eaten by lions, and the like. When the Colosseum opened, the public was
treated to 100 days of celebration during which 90 animals were killed per day. Throughout its history,
the Colosseum was mainly used as a form of carnal entertainment. Common battles pitted animals against
gladiators, animals against prisoners, and gladiators against gladiators. On occasion, the entire arena
would be flooded for lofty naval battles! Some historians put the body count at 500,000 killed during the
operation of the games here.

There would have been four full sections inside the Colosseum, providing enough seating capacity
for 50,000 cheering spectators. "Right this way to section VII, just past section LIX..."

Natalie and I inside the Colosseum.

Natalie and I found a gallery of old Roman ruins and things. I strongly debated making this picture
my Christmas card this year.

Natalie, apparently riding a large stone bull in a garden.

I took this picture for my old boss Robin Getz. This was found in Trestevere.

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