It rained mightily here over the weekend -
wonderful for the Red Cardinal Garden of Neglect.
Undeterred by flooding streets, we ventured to a movie:
A movie for art-lovers: a 3D tour of the great basilicas of Rome.
I prepared for the experience by going through my photos of our Roman holiday in 2014:
The beautiful Ara Pacis...
In the courtyard of the Vatican..
The Vatican museums..
Raphael: The School of Athens - difficult to photograph in the crowd, but breathtaking indeed..
This is a floor - see my toes...
Michelangelo's exquisite 'Pieta', lovingly explored by the camera in the film.
On our visit, I could get no closer because of the crowds.
The detail, the lush drapery, the beautiful faces, wonderful to behold.
And he was only 24 when he sculpted it!
I love this St Veronica statue shown in the film - and I missed it when we went!
How brilliant to sculpt her swirling like that...
The movie used helicopter cameras to give great aerial views of the basilicas, and of the great city of Rome.
Here are a few more things we loved in Rome, unrelated to the movie:
Marbles in our favourite coffee house..
Coffee break near Piazza Navona..
with its fascinating fountains,
and nearby, an ancient archaeological site,
where I bought my Roman coin earrings:
On our last day:
I think you know what this is..
still standing, after all these years.
It was Summer, and red geraniums bloomed in every sunny spot...
I would love to return one day -