|Largo di Torre Argentina, Rome|
Rome is Super-Sized
Rome is a large metropolis of nearly 3 million people and it's filled with towering monuments. The scale of the city can be a little overwhelming.
|Victor Emmanuel Monument|
The Tiber is Forgotten
If I think about London or Paris, I conjure scenic images of the Thames or the Seine with their beautiful bridges and riverside promenades.
|The Thames River, London|
|The Seine River, Paris|
According to Roman mythology, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were given by the river god Tiberinus to the she-wolf Lupa to suckle. While the city still has functioning aqueducts and some of the world's most beautiful fountains, Rome has lost its connection to the Tiber River.
|Fountain of the Four Rivers, Piazza Navona|
|The Roman God Tiberinus|
Rome Lacks Colour
As you'll notice in the previous photos, many of Rome's buildings and monuments are made of marble or concrete. I'm happiest among vibrant flowers and sunny seaside vistas so I enjoyed the bursts of colour where I could find them.
|Balcony on Piazza Navona|
|Fresh Tomatoes and Mozzarella|
|Street Performers in Rome|
Any visit to Italy should surely include a stop in Rome. There's no other city in the world quite like it. But my heart belongs to smaller towns with their unexpected splashes of colour.
Doesn't this fish make you smile?
|Porto Venere on Italy's Ligurian Coast|