Rome is Fascinating

Ciao to you all from the fascinating city of Rome!  My love for nostalgia and history expressed through objects is in overdrive.  Everywhere I go I am delighted by another detail, façade or trinket that echoes its story of the past.  From stairwells to storefronts, this city has stories to tell.

We are staying in a building that was built in the 17th Century, which still has the original frescos on some of the ceilings.  Can you imagine the human history they have been a part of; the stolen glances, the rousing altercations, the tired travelling families and delightful celebrations?  Our lodging also boasts its original marble staircase, handrails and cast iron lights.  I am fascinated by the detail and care that went into the architecture of the past.  There is a fantastic feeling of spirit in all of these old buildings. My soul is brimming with inspiration – satiated to overflowing.  There are design ideas and beauty everywhere.  I just love it!

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

 

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

I have been enjoying the petite balcony we have off of our room.  It overlooks the Piazza de la Spagna, which is now a pedestrian area.  It is so lovely to not have cars and traffic noise right outside.  This is just adding to my incredible experience of this city.

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

I’ve also learned a few fascinating facts so far during my stay.  Of course I had to visit the Colosseum.   In its heyday, the capacity of the Colosseum was 50,000. That’s a number comparable to many of our modern stadiums (take a look at this list!).  To protect patrons from the weather it was covered with sails and sailors would attend to them.  They used to use travertine blocks as the weights.  It is pretty impressive when you think about it!

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

There is just so much history everywhere you look in the centre of this city.  It is quite strange to have lots and lots of cars, scooters and people weaving in and out of the cobblestone streets passing by the ancient ruins and historic buildings.  Everywhere you look there seems to be another dome, church, giant building or some statue erected to remember an important person in Rome’s history.  It is quite an amazing place.

Rome Blake & Taylor Holiday Fascinating

Have you ever been to Rome?  I’d love to hear about your experience and any inspiration you gathered.  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Ellie B&Txx

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