At over 2,500 years old, Rome is more than the capital of Italy. It is the center of artistic creativity and a cultural complex that arguably outstrips any other location on earth. Ancient monuments like the Colosseum continue to capture our attention while institutions like the Vatican Museums spur intellectual interest.
The heartbeat of Rome is found in every traveler’s soul. The rushing crowds on the main avenues can be left behind by ducking down a side street. After a block or two, enter one of the small neighborhood streets where children play ball and the splash of fountains echoes against the buildings.
From Aventine Hill to St. Peter’s Basilica, from the banks of the Tiber to the Aniene, Rome is a kaleidoscopic journey through time. Its history encompasses the Roman Empire, founded on the Seven Hills, and the center of the Catholic Church. Spectacular vacations and multiple trips are on the minds of every traveler who wants to explore the best of Europe.
The full-color photos in Ruins of Rome I & II were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. Step into this whirling place and become absorbed by its vibrant heart.