Friday, March 27, 2015

A Rainy Day in Rome

On a day with steady rain, I put my camera away and took photographs with my iPhone. 

I think this is the Forum's main square, with the Arch of Septimius Severus at the rear center.
But I am issuing no guarantees.  It was a long day.

The Hippodrome of Domitian is next to the Palace of Severus.  The Emperor Domitian was paranoid, 
always thinking his rivals wanted to kill him.  He was killed by a rival.  
Sometimes paranoids have good reason to worry.

This is a partial view of the Roman forum from the Palatine hill.

The arch of Septimius Severus is from about 200 A.D.  It commemorates two successful campaigns against the Parthians.  You remember them, don't you?

 The ubiquitous sellers of selfie sticks start selling umbrellas the instant the first raindrop falls.
There must be a genie who transforms selfie sticks into umbrellas.

The Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (or the "Altar of the Nation" or the "wedding cake")
dominates the Piazza Venezia, right around the corner from the Roman fora. It was finished in 1911.
In the center is a huge equestrian statue of Victor Emmanuel, the father of the country.
On each top corner, there are statues of Winged Victory, one for freedom, one for unification.


Luis Gomez said...

Love your shots! Thanks Jack.

Mersad said...

We have had some of that rain here as well. You take great shots with your iPhone.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, I do love your "rainy Day" photos, Jack!! So much history and beauty and you've captured it all beautifully as always -- even with your iPhone!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

RedPat said...

So much history there, Jack! A combo selfie/umbrella would be handy. ;-)

Sharon said...

I was awe struck by all of this but, especially the Victor Emanuel Monument. It is just so....huge! I can even see it peeking out in the background of your first photo.

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots, and such history there.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you....

Malyss said...

And now , there's only one thing I want : to be back there !

Randy said...

Amazing architecture.

EG CameraGirl said...

Even in the rain Rome is fascinating.

jennyfreckles said...

Your phone did a good job. I think its raining everywhere in Europe!