Rome in a Day: My Favorite Spot (and the GREAT view)

The original Angel sculpture from the 500s, symbolizing the end of the plague, Castel Sant'Angelo

There are some places that fuel the imagination and open the mind to centuries of life that fill every history book. For me, Rome is that place. The Vatican, The Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain, The Sistene Chapel … so much to see and experience in Rome!

 

Rome
Rome, the view from Castel Sant'Angelo
Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo
Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo

This year was my third year in a row to visit Rome with my family … (I am very grateful!) … and we wanted to spend some time in a place we had not yet been or seen. After some research, we decided upon the Castel Sant’Angelo. It turned out to be perfect.

The Castel Sant’Angelo is a gargantuan cylindrical fortress that sits just beside the River Tiber and the Vatican. From the outside, it isn’t inspiring, since its worn bricks and rough-hewn walls look shabby compared to the nearby Vatican. But, on the inside, it is another story … or two. Dan Brown used the Castel Sant’Angelo in his novel Angels and Demons, and Puccini’s opera Tosca, Floria Tosca famously throws herself from the Castel rooftop to evade capture.

 

Exterior of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo
Exterior of Rome's Castel Sant'Angelo

Built in 139 AD as the tomb for the Roman emporer Hadrian, the Castel Sant’Angelo has survived for almost 2000 years as a fortress, a hideout for Popes in times of war, a lavish castle, and now a museum.

My favorite part was not the frescoed rooms of the elaborate apartments inside …

 

An elaborate ceiling inside, taken from outside, Castel Sant'Angelo
An elaborate ceiling inside, taken from outside, Castel Sant'Angelo
An Exterior Fresco, Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
An Exterior Fresco, Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

Or the dungeons (my boys loved that!) and the stacks of cannonballs … But the view from the rooftop.

Spires and Duomos of Rome's Skyline, the View from Castel Sant'Angelo
Spires and Duomos of Rome's Skyline, the View from Castel Sant'Angelo

Wow.

 

Rome, the view from Castel Sant'Angelo, the Colosseum just to the left of the white Piazza Venezia
Rome, the view from Castel Sant'Angelo, the Colosseum just to the left of the white Piazza Venezia

The thunderstorms in the distance made for a very dramatic backdrop on the day we were there.

 

Rome's Skyline
Rome's Skyline

And, of course, I loved the sculptures, especially on the bridge across the Tiber, by the famed Bernini.

 

The original Angel sculpture from the 500s, symbolizing the end of the plague, Castel Sant'Angelo
The original Angel sculpture from the 500s, symbolizing the end of the plague, Castel Sant'Angelo
One of Ten Sculptures on Ponte Sant'Angelo
One of Ten Sculptures on Ponte Sant'Angelo

 

 

Saint Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome
Saint Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome

My recommendation for visitors to Rome: Plan to visit the Castel Sant’Angelo. The views, the dungeons, the elaborate museum– it gives a great range of the essence of Rome in one building, steps away from the Vatican.

Question for you: Have you been to Rome? What is your favorite spot in Rome?

P.S.: I have been working on converting my non-fiction book with Tyndale, The One Year Mini for Busy Women, into an e-book because the rights have reverted to me now … just in time for the start of the Christmas gift-giving season, and for the beginning of 2012. I’ve retitled the book EnJoy Today: Inspirations for Every Day, and it still is made up of one short inspiration for each day of the year. I’m excited about it, with the new title and new cover and preface. I hope you like it, too!

See my Books page for links, or click here for Kindle and Nook, and it is priced at $4.99 per e-book. In the coming week or two, I’ll be working on formalizing the links, finishing getting iBooks set up, and asking for help with reviews and getting the word out. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Also, here is a link to my Facebook page, where I’ll try to run the promos and discussion.

Thank you in advance for your help and enthusiasm!

 

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

4 thoughts on “Rome in a Day: My Favorite Spot (and the GREAT view)

  1. I’m Catholic and I’ve never been to Rome. I’m envious. Thank you for giving me a little piece of it. 🙂

    Off to check out your book! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Erika!

      Rome truly is one of those places that has so much history, I don’t think I could ever have enough time there. I have so many photos of the cracks in the doors, of every sculpture I saw, of the shimmering rain on the worn cobblestones, of the inscriptions chiseled into stone centuries ago. I love it all. Wish I could bottle it up better to share it with you and the rest of the world.

      I’m glad you liked the photos, and, thank you for checking out the e-book!

      ~Jennifer

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  2. Visiting Rome, attend a Papal Mass and praying in the churches was a very moving time for me. I love standing in the Sistine Chapel w/ only a few people and taking pictures. While my heritage is Irish, English and American Indian by faith has it deep roots in Rome. I love Italy’s history, people, culture and the spirit moving everywhere! I cannot wait to return with the kids and experience it with them. These picture bring warm memories and make me miss it. On your next visit try to find the keyhole view of the city, if you haven’t already. This pic was taken through it, If you want to know more I can tell you!

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    1. Thanks, Jill! Your keyhole photograph is really nice! I haven’t heard of it, but maybe if we get to go back next year, I’ll ask for the info. Thanks!

      I’m amazed you were able to take photos in the Sistine Chapel … they were strictly forbidden when we were there. And, it was beyond amazing, of course. Impossible to bring back on a photograph, or even 100. I guess you’re right … once you’ve been, Rome beckons for you to come back.

      A wonderful experience. I hope you get to do it with your family soon!

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