Il Vaticano – Part V

No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to the somewhat chaotic Vatican!

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen – Part IV

While traveling, I started a ‘locals’ series on Instagram. For those of you who don’t follow me there (you really SHOULD!), I thought I’d post a few right here.

This guy (who is the spitting image of my uncle – maybe we’re related!?) is a master butcher with a fondness for il pomodoro. I think that’s his pet tomato, down there.

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The typical Italian Nonnas – one of them was business as usual while the other was expressing her annoyance at the group of foodies that were hogging her favorite kiosk.

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This guy sold a bit of everything, but apparently if you want true, authentic Cannoli, this is where you get them!

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The Swiss guard at the Vatican. Apparently it’s so hot that you can sleep standing up and in full gear.

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This priest, who is a dead-ringer for Kojak, was crossing over Ponte Sant’Angelo from Vatican City. I think he’d probably make a great exorcist.

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Unfortunately, it wasn’t uncommon to see Gypsy women begging on the streets of Rome. They were often accompanied by young children who are basically forced to beg and scam.

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My new friends, the Hare Krishnas, literally followed me around Rome and then later on, in Florence. These guys do get around!

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This guy was just lounging around with his cornucopia.

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Roma Part III

Ciao!

More of Rome below.

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Roma Part II

Ciao!

A few more photos of Rome… I should point out that the Trevi fountain was being restored and therefore surrounded by scaffolding. This made it impossible to take a full shot because I refuse to have scaffolding in my photos! Yes, I know. I’m so Type A.

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Roma – Part I

Ciao my friends!

I’ve been back from Italy for two months now, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about going back there every single day. On my second day in Rome, it suddenly occurred to me just how comfortable the city made me feel. Despite its hustle and bustle, as I stood on a street corner near Piazza Venezia, basking in the sunlight and attempting to cross the street without getting myself killed, it suddenly dawned on me: This place feels like home. It feels like a place that I’ve never left. I can only attribute this feeling to my Italian roots – the land was calling me back. I believe in energetic pulls and Rome totally had me at gelato. And also, at hot men.’

It’s taken me a looooooong time to go through all my photos, but I’m finally ready to share a few of these with you. Feeling lucky? I thought so!

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Stay tuned for Part II.

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