03 Bellissimo Rome Basilica

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I LOVE ROME | Bellissimo Rome Basilica

Rome, Italy
Dusk_Rome Panorama Photography Skyline, highlighting St Peter’s Basilica
Shot from the Tiber river looking over St Angelo bridge towards the Vatican City
16”x16” high quality print with framing available

The Soul of Rome

A PANORAMA WHIRLING BUBBLE St Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City as night falls, pastel and gold colors brightly washing over the architecture and waterway. The Ponte Sant'Angelo in the center as a fantastico architectural swirl of arches.

THE RENOWNED ST PETER’S BASILICA of Vatican City, and some of the beloved icons, bridge and waterways of Italy, all in this I LOVE ROME heart bubble. A beautiful souvenir picture of Rome’s historic architectural elements and structures. Bellissimo!

THIS HIGH QUALITY 16” x 16” Limited Edition print is available with Black Framing 23" x 23" to compliment any décor. Get your limited edition unique slice of Rome, or delight your friends with the perfect holiday, birthday or housewarming gift! 


City of the Soul - Rome and the Romantics

Rome exists not only as an intensely physical place, but also as a romantic idea onto which artists, poets, and writers project their own imaginations and longings.

Rome’s teeming nature, as a city with ancient, renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary architecture all overlapping, was part of the excitement for many Romantics. The Piazza di Spagna, with the Spanish Steps, was the heart of the era’s artistic community and an art quarter of sorts. The house where Keats lived for the last few months of his life overlooked the steps—and is visible on the right of Robert Turnbull Macpherson’s circa-1856 photograph. Macpherson for his part often met with artists and compatriots at Caffè Greco—a haunt also in this neighborhood. Take a stroll in the area and enjoy the people-watching while you perch for an espresso.

“Speaking ruins have filled my spirit with images,” artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi once remarked. These days, it’s easy to bypass ruins in a tired tourist daze, but the crumbling structures were extremely compelling to the Romantics.

Today, almost anyone would pick up a postcard while in Rome—an image of the Coliseum to send to a friend, or perhaps just a keepsake for oneself. During the Romantic period, the demand for a memento was just as present, especially among artists. Piranesi’s etching of Castel Sant’Angelo became an iconic and widely popular rendering. Later on, as photography dawned, Gioacchino Altobelli astutely modeled an 1868 photograph after that very work. Take a walk in Trastevere along the Tiber River to glimpse a similar vista, and then head over to the former mausoleum itself. Who knows, you might even be able to purchase a postcard with a similar composition.

City Of The Soul - A Walk In Rome

Discover the soul of the "Eternal City" walking across narrow streets, biking to the centre, and admiring spectacular colors from sunset to dusk. Walk through Rome's amazing sites - Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon.. Visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the impressive St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, and the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum. Visit the Arch of Constantine and catch a view of the Forum from that vantage point. Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s oil painting of these sites blended atmosphere with structure while playing with contrast, much like his photographer contemporaries did.

A tourist’s itinerary could include magnificent ruins, ecclesiastical edifices, scenic vistas, picturesque locales, fountains, gardens, and side trips to the surrounding countryside. You will be surrounded by history everywhere you go in Rome. From the sights, to the architecture, to the roads, even to the drinking fountains! Rome is fascinating, even if you’re not a history buff.

Though, there are few places in the world where history is so densely packed like in Rome, where visitors literally walk over more than two thousand years of history. Familiar churches, basilicas, and historic places, are around every corner, and detours take travelers down fascinating back alleys to little-known, though very important sites. Both the public and the private Rome, reveals the legends and traditions associated with each.

Discover The Soul of Rome

Travel to discover the "Eternal Beauty" of Rome, discover the soul of the city, make some new friends, talk with them in their language. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, dine like a local in Trastevere, and blow your mind on the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Visual-inspiration and hidden discoveries await you at every turn.

You will see the best of Italy in Rome, a cultural experience of major historical sites, as well as savory delicious cuisine, and off-the-beaten path destinations. Discover the soul and spirit of the Eternal City that the Romans also called ‘Roma Caput Mundi’ (Rome, Capital of the World) with all its amazing sites, history, and grandiose churches - not to mention fabulous food! Eat and taste some delicious food & wine at typical Roman restaurants. Breathe in the unique Italian Style. With so much to see and experience, one trip to Rome, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and you may already be dreaming of you next trip back to Rome.

“One lifetime is not enough for Rome,” the famous saying goes, and anyone who’s ever been there knows these words to be true. Rome is so many things, but most of all, perhaps, a city of ghosts, of memories, of visions, of time remembered and faithfully honored. Rome is nothing if not a feast for the eyes, with so many churches, ruins, fountains and piazzas on display. And playfully, Rome inspires daydreams of zooming around town on a Vespa in an espresso-induced state of ecstasy

Discover the best of Rome and begin your journey now....

Ciao Bella


Church, Vatican City

St. Peter’s Basilica, also called New St. Peter’s Basilica, present basilica of St. Peter in Vatican City (an enclave in Rome), begun by Pope Julius II in 1506 and completed in 1615 under Paul V. It is designed as a three-aisled Latin cross with a dome at the crossing, directly above the high altar, which covers the shrine of St. Peter the Apostle. The edifice—the church of the popes—is a major pilgrimage site.

The idea of building the church was conceived by Pope Nicholas V (reigned 1447–55), who was prompted by the state in which he found Old St. Peter’s Basilica—walls leaning far out of the perpendicular and frescoes covered with dust. In 1452 Nicholas ordered Bernardo Rossellino to begin the construction of a new apse west of the old one, and after his death, entrusted the project to Giuliano da Sangallo (see Sangallo family)in 1470.

The interior of St. Peter’s is filled with many masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque art, among the most famous of which are Michelangelo’s Pietà, the baldachin by Bernini over the main altar, the statue of St. Longinus in the crossing, the tomb of Urban VIII, and the bronze cathedra of St. Peter in the apse.

Until 1989 St. Peter’s was the largest church in Christendom. In that year its size was exceeded by that of the newly built basilica in Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire.

6 Surprising Facts About St. Peter’s Basilica


St. Peter’s Basilica, the ultimate symbol of the Vatican, is one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome. But with a history stretching back 2,000 years, it’s also simply fascinating! Here are 6 surprising facts you might not have known about the “cathedral” of St. Peter.

1 | This isn’t the original St. Peter’s Basilica.

(It’s actually… number two.)

2 | St. Peter’s Basilica isn’t a cathedral—or the official seat of the Pope.

3 | Bernini’s baldacchino is taller than it looks, at 96 feet.

4 | None of the paintings inside the basilica are actually paintings.

(Every single one of those “paintings” is actually a mosaic, done with such painstaking detail, and such tiny tesserae (the little pieces of glass making the mosaic up), that they only appear to be paintings.)

5 | Michelangelo’s Pietà is shielded by bullet-proof glass

6 | Yes, St. Peter might be buried beneath the basilica.

(The reason why Emperor Constantine built the first St. Peter’s Basilica where he did—and why the “new” St. Peter’s was arranged with its altar directly over the same spot—was because this is where St. Peter’s bones were thought to lie. Of course, this was hard to prove. But in the 1940s, excavations were done on the rumored spot. And, in 1953, a set of bones were found. Testing revealed they belonged to a man in his 60s, the same age that Peter would have been. Earth was encrusted on the bones, and Peter originally was buried directly in the dirt. And the bones had remnants of purple thread, a color of cloth that only would have been used in ancient times to wrap the body of someone who was seen as royal (or holy). For these reasons, Italian archaeologist Margherita Guarducci, among others, argued that the bones belonged to St. Peter.)



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