My Roman Holiday

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

Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome, Rome, 

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  1. Lillias Urban January 23, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I vividly remember my first arrival in Rome. The shuttle from the airport went round a bend and there, in front of us, was the Colesseum. It was just magic. I have been back a few times since and still am fascinated by the incredible mix of eras in the buildings and with a modern city and its inhabitants just living and working in the middle of it. My first visit was also in the middle of our last big drought and the abandance of water everywhere was mind blowing.


    • Blake and Taylor January 23, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Hi Lillias It is hard to get your head around the 21st Century living amidst buildings from the 14th Century.
      Ellie xx

  2. Vicki January 23, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    I love Rome too Ellie…….to me it is like a huge outdoor museum! Something ancient and wonderful around every bend. I love all the water fountains with the beautiful cold underground spring water to fill your water bottles, but as you’re there in Winter you probably haven’t been utilising these so much. Oh, and don’t get me started on the pasta! Your photos are beautiful and transport me back.

    • Blake and Taylor January 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Vicki It is an amazing place and we too love the water fountains which have a constant stream of water from one of the remaining 3 or 4 out of 11 aqueducts built during the Roman Empire. I shall put a lot more photos on my blog next Tuesday for you to look at. Ciao Ellie

  3. Celia Talbot January 23, 2018 at 11:50 am - Reply

    I really enjoy your blog Ellie…..the photos of Rome are beautiful. I will be going there for the first time in May this year, so feel really inspired by what you have shared and can’t wait to set foot on those ancient cobblestones and feel that amazing history surrounding me!

    • Blake and Taylor January 23, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Celia You will have a great time in May. Just to drink in the atmosphere which is filled with ancient spirits is brilliant. On the blog next Tuesday I shall put up more photos and links to great places we have eaten and a couple of tours we have done during our 9 day stay. Ciao Ellie

  4. E. Ramsay January 23, 2018 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Looks absolutely amazing.

  5. Cathy Levan January 23, 2018 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    I have been to Rome 3 times.A city of so much beauty and history and so many layers and I mean that in a literal sense as well.Each time I visit I feel like I am just scratching the surface and make new discoveries. If you tire of the sightseeing, History or art there is always the amazing and plentiful food!!!

  6. Dianne January 24, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    Hi Ellie, fabulous photography and wonderful memories for me of our time there. If you have the time and the inclination, catch a train (not a long trip) out to Ostia Antica to really get the feel of the time gone by. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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