I stopped the van in Rome and lived in the park for a couple of weeks.
Here’s what I found, in 18 photos…
Where to stay in a campervan
This is a good spot for a city (quiet at night, close to the center and safe): Google Map link
Welcome to Rome
Taking photos here can be difficult. It’s real busy
3000 Euros gets thrown into this fountain every single day!
They have police to watch out for people taking the coins
And people with big machine guns
If you’re into ancient Roman architecture…
(Picture below is the Pantheon)
Rome is the place
This is the dome roof of the Pantheon (above). The photo doesn’t show it but this is it’s 43m high and that opening at the top is over 8m in diameter!
Basically, this whole city is a massive museum
The archeology work is pretty much endless
The coliseum, the biggest amphitheatre in the world, is just at the back there
Here’s something built recently
Altare della Patria. It’s the biggest monument in Rome (135x81m), built out of marble, completed in 1925 in honour of some king
But Rome can be quite a peaceful city
There are some nice open spaces
This is Borghese park
I crossed the river
And got to St. Peter’s square
St. Peter’s Basilica, one of the main entrances to Vatican City
Inside is one of the largest museums in the world
The museum itself is over 50 years old and contains over 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, over 54 galleries!
I’d be lying if I said I knew what all this stuff was
But this is what I wanted to see… the Sistine Chapel
I heard Alex Grey talking (on Joe Rogan) about how he sat in here for a whole day and painted. I couldn’t not go and see it for myself. Picture below is the ceiling of the chapel, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512.
So that was Rome. It’s busy, hot and expensive. But it’s an amazing city to explore and admire. Around every corner there’s a ‘woahh’
Spring time (or maybe even winter) is probably the best time to visit…maybe?
Also, I’ve skimmed over a lot of stuff in this post. There’s just so much information behind every photo. Please feel free to add in the comments below…