An impromptu trip to Rome (part 2)

18/1/09 – 1pm

Had a nice long sleep and then got the Metro up to the Vatican.  Had a wander round and took some photos, including this one of a grandad feeding the pigeons with his little granddaughter!

Vatican pigeons

A grandfather and his granddaughter feed the pigeons in Piazza San Pietro

I’m currently in a pizza place not far from Cavour Metro station, near a piazza by a church called Madonna dei Monti.  There is a small street leading from the piazza down to the back of the imperial fora.  The thing I love about Rome is the constant juxtaposition between ancient and modern – wherever you go, you’re liable to stumble upon impressive ruins. It’s amazing!

It’s warm again – relatively speaking – which is nice.  One feels so much more relaxed when one is not having to expend all one’s energy on trying (and failing) to keep warm.  (Although that said, at this specific moment I am a bit cold cos I just drank a bottle of chilled water!)

Not sure how I’ll spend the rest of the day – wandering down the Via del Corso to the Piazza del Popolo perhaps.


House of Livia frieze

Part of the stunning Garden Room frieze from the so-called House of Livia (Terme Museum, Rome)

I ended up going to the Museo Nazionale next to Termini Station, where I spent several hours admiring some absolutely incredible mosaics and frescoes.  I hadn’t realised that the entire breathtaking garden room frieze from the House of Livia would be there, so I was very much taken aback with joy and amazement!  I was also very happy to be able to see the statue of Augustus as Pontifex Maximus, and I spent some minutes photographing it from pretty much every conceivable angle.


Augustus as Pontifex Maximus (Terme Museum, Rome)

My museum ticket was also valid for the Baths of Diocletian, which were unfortunately closed, so I got the Metro back to the Circus Maximus and wandered about the centre of Rome for a bit.  I had yet more pizza for an early dinner and then went to San Crispino’s one last time.  I took some photos of various monuments lit up in the dark, and I’m now rather tired and aching from all the walking I’ve been doing!

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain at dusk

Shame I have to go home in the morning, but it’s been great – so great – to get away for a couple of days.  The only thing that would have made it even better would’ve been having lots of money with which to indulge in some shopping!  I have been exceptionally restrained, and have only bought a couple of postcards.


The Colosseum by night

About Rachel Ingram

I graduated from Oxford University in 2009 with an MA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from St John's College. After graduating I worked as a Geographic Researcher at, spending lots of time researching and writing travel guides to worldwide destinations, developing my copywriting skills. After working as a copywriter and content consultant at (formerly SEOptimise), where I most enjoyed working with travel clients, I went self-employed. I now divide my time between freelance copywriting and running the business I set up with my boyfriend - - selling aviation gift experiences. In my spare time I'm training for a Private Pilot's Licence, and I also enjoy travelling, wine and baking. My favourite authors are Charles Dickens, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Bill Bryson.
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