The Streets of Rome

22 Apr

Rome is ever-changing and full of surprises. Around almost every corner is not only a bit of history, but also encounters with people, art, and experiences that are in contrast with the setting. Sometimes it is a statue that has been there for years and years…


…but frequently we see performance art or installations that are more temporary.

Walking through the Villa Borghese one sunny Saturday in January, we happened upon a temporary installation of warriors on horseback, along with this rather unusual giant head. All made of a lightweight resin, I think. A few weeks later they had vanished.

Warriors on horseback

This installation was in Villa Borghese near Piazza Napoleone in January. Now it’s gone…


Terracotta head

Part of the same installation as the warriors















Another day in Piazza del Popolo, there was live art for Carnivale.

Street performers

Many things to be found happen in Piazza del Popolo: Trains, politicians, concerts, street performers.

And yet another, this duo entertaining a crowd with a Zen-like balancing act.

Yes, also in Piazza del Popolo.

Yes, also in Piazza del Popolo.

My favorite of late was walking into Piazza del Popolo on a Saturday and finding a shiny-red train engine on display with a backdrop of churches from the 17th century.

Frecciaroosso engine

21st Century train, 17th Century piazza

Frequently on my way to work I see this lovely parade of horses being exercised.

Cavelli di polizia

Many days the police exercise their horses, parading up the Via Veneto into Villa Borghese.

Yesterday we took a walk up Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome at 139m (456 ft). Lovely day, fluffy clouds, not too hot, great view of Rome from above, and this.

Monte Mario

Jeans drying in the sun, Parco Riserva Monte Mario


Never boring!

7 Responses to “The Streets of Rome”

  1. Anita HIlmoe April 24, 2013 at 05:00 #

    It is so interesting over there. Seems like there is never a dull view 🙂


  2. Kim April 23, 2013 at 17:08 #

    Nice! Bet Ric liked the train.


    • gooddayrome April 23, 2013 at 19:33 #

      Yes, it caught his attention. Quite startling, actually. You can see I love all the stuff we happen upon when we aren’t even looking.


  3. Terah April 22, 2013 at 14:25 #

    Only Roma could make drying jeans into art! Love your posts! Love you!


    • gooddayrome April 23, 2013 at 19:33 #

      And yet so practical! When one lacks a dryer, an outdoor clothesline, a garden, why not use a discreet public space? Love ya’ back!


  4. Janet Tabbal April 22, 2013 at 05:48 #

    Envisioning your day to day adventures makes me feel like I’m reading a great novel! Italian life seems so vibrant! So happy for you!


    • gooddayrome April 23, 2013 at 19:31 #

      Thanks Janet! Glad you are along for the ride. Hope we get the chance to give you a personal tour one day. We think of you and John often.


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