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postcards from rome

it is a gathering of friends… reminiscing, updating, creating new memories
it is the sweet warm smell of thunder brewing rainstorms
it is the sound of the city breathing in and out
it is scooters – arriving, leaving, arriving again – dancing with dawn & darkness
it is the feeling of being a part of it all for a precious, fleeting moment
it is backyards, doorways, laundry drying in the sun
it is SPQR, roman remains, a busy city carrying on
it is the endless rivers of umbrella-following tourists
it is beggars, holy water, opulent chapels, subdued light
it is rabbit in with sauce, squid in with peas
it is the curve of a building, nestling itself into the one beside
it is the magnificence of history, blowing my tiny mind
it is early morning light casting shadows on the kitchen floor
it is the man, pedaling his bicycle, sharpening knives on a turning stone
it is photos missed and photos taken
it is friday night entertainment in the piazza
it is messy sheets and messy lives
it is the silhouette of your body gazing out the window, the world alive beneath our feet


the view from gianicolo, Rome. by Leonie Wise

the view from gianicolo

cheese dude at the market, piazza san cosimato, rome. by leonie wise

cheese dude at the market, piazza san cosimato

pantheon. rome. by leonie wise

pantheon. impossible to photograph, even with a wide angle lens

fontana di trevi (the trevi fountain), rome. by leonie wise

fontana di trevi (the trevi fountain)

umbrella seller, rome. by leonie wise

as soon as it starts raining, out come guys selling umbrellas

umbrella seller, rome. by leonie wise

this guy has a FANTASTIC umbrella… but only sells the cheapies!

the forum at sunset, rome. by leonie wise

the forum at sunset

friends in rome. by leonie wise

these guys…

crowds at the coliseum, rome. by leonie wise

crowds at the coliseum

inside the coliseum, rome. by leonie wise

inside the coliseum

coliseum, rome. by leonie wise

one last look…

piazza san pietro fountain, rome. by leonie wise

piazza san pietro fountain

double helix in the vatican, rome. by leonie wise

double helix in the vatican

vatican, rome. by leonie wise


sistine chapel ceiling, vatican city, rome. by leonie wise

ceiling in the sistine chapel

the pietà by michaelangelo, saint peter’s basilica, vatican city. by leonie wise

the pietà by michaelangelo, saint peter’s basilica, vatican city.

scooter mirrors

scooters are everywhere here

street performers, piazza santa maria in trastavere. by leonie wise

street performers, piazza santa maria in trastavere

unmade bed. by leonie wise

our accommodation in the old city was *perfect*

spanish steps, rome. by leonie wise

spanish steps

idrocronometro (water clock), villa borghese gardens, rome. by leonie wise

idrocronometro (water clock), villa borghese gardens

  • Amy
    22/09/2010 at 18:51

    I always, always love your photos–they take me with you on each journey–but here I am equally enamored of your words, the list of what Rome is. Every item is incredible and evocative.

  • Tracey
    15/09/2010 at 06:53

    Wow, your photos are amazing … I soooo want to visit there myself!! :)

  • katherine
    14/09/2010 at 15:07

    Loving prince albert’s angel & that sneaky snap of the sistine chaple turned out FAB!

  • rachel awes
    13/09/2010 at 13:59

    oh my! i was here a few years ago
    & lived each moment in AMAZEMENT.
    thank you for breathing life into dear memories!
    that umbrella photo is artistic brilliance my dear!

  • Carol-SheCreates
    13/09/2010 at 09:08

    Oh how lucky. to have seen the Pieta… in the flesh, so to speak. She was a key image in one of my pieces.. I am guessing Pania will have to do for NOW.. x beautiful pictorios cara… x

  • Deb O'Kane
    13/09/2010 at 08:16

    Leonie, these pics are wonderful, I really enjoyed them.

  • Holly
    12/09/2010 at 22:29

    that staircase is wicked.

  • bella
    12/09/2010 at 22:00

    ~your view of Rome = gorgeous! i am so glad you had a fabulous time. you little gypsy traveler :) xo

  • jane
    12/09/2010 at 20:29

    it takes a beautiful heart to respond like this bella bella bella!

  • Tara Bradford
    12/09/2010 at 20:25

    Such great captures of Rome! I especially like the red umbrella and the double helix pics. Looks like a wonderful time was head by all! xoxox

  • sas
    12/09/2010 at 19:43

    Such a fantastic city!
    Bellisimo pictorios x

  • doorways traveler
    12/09/2010 at 19:08

    gorgeous. amazing. fantastic. brilliant. deep. old. fresh. new. captured. beautiful. (i expect nothing less from you).

  • Nic
    12/09/2010 at 19:08

    That space invader chap was very, VERY busy. I think we saw 5 or 8 of them around the city…. and I’m sure we missed quite a few of them!