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

13 thoughts on “postcards from rome

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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!

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