Quiet places in Rome

Although I knew the Spanish Steps weren’t really that exciting, I wanted to see them.

Yuck! The crowds were unbelievable. As they were along the shopping streets. In fact, it seems everywhere is crowded from 10am on.

Our tour guide of the ancient area advised us that if you want quite, head to the hills. Most are topped with church organisations and they are quiet for contemplation.

I think they are also quiet because people are generally too lazy to walk up the hills, and they only want to tick off the main attractions.

Mr S and I visited a number of quiet places. They all had much to look at. Also, not being pushed and shoved and negotiating around people was a relief.

The Protestant Cemetery

Just behind the pyramid, across from the Pyramid metro station lies the Protestant cemetery, which is also a cat sanctuary. It’s quiet and green and cool.

The statue of the Angel of Grief – shows such anguish which the sculptor Celt at the loss of his wife.

The poets, Shelley and Keats, and some family and friends are buried here.

The Aqueduct Park

A short metro ride and a short walk away from the centre of Rome is the Aqueduct Park. Locals are riding, jogging, walking their dogs. But there were no crowds. Just open fields with the aqueducts, trees and a pond. We walked around and marvelled at the skill of the Romans and how soil level rises and covers what are huge monuments.

The hill behind Trastevere

We walked up the hill and, as is our way, got lost and and wandered around, discovering things.

We had the path along the fence on the other side of the Botanic Gardens to ourselves.

There’s statues and memorials to people we don’t know. One we thought looked out of a western. Love the bird having a free ride on his shoulder. It was part of the statue.

The Knights of Malta Hill

On the way up, we walked around the streets, admiring the beautiful houses in the area. (OK, we got lost again but enjoyed the walk. OK, we really had a little blue over map reading. But we still enjoyed the end product.)

I read to expect a queue of people wanting to look through the keyhole towards St Peter’s. There were many people. (Though Mr S did get annoyed at one group of Americans, each of whom wanted to take a photo and one of whom tried several times with three different cameras.) The view is amazing. (I didn’t bother trying to take a photo. I knew if I googled it someone with a better camera would have put one out there.)

See the flag of the knights of Malta?

The door, worn from all the tourists.

Someone else’s photo of the view. It was like this by more amazing. The line of trees were beautiful

After we peered through the keyhole, a huge tour group turned up. Still walk a few steps away and we had parks and views to ourselves. They only come for the look through the keyhole.

Mr S calls this, Another tower of Pisa, only better as its not broken/leaning

We didn’t get to the Mask of Truth but probably glad as it would have been covered in tourists. We had this fountain to ourselves.

A burning martyr in a park on the hill

Our last view over Rome. (Interesting fact: no building is allowed to be taller than St Peters basilica.)

Green and peace abound!

10 thoughts on “Quiet places in Rome

  1. That statue of the Angel of Greief must be the most beautiful memorial I’ve ever seen. Stricken with grief but with wings enfolding a loved one. I just think it’s so beautiful.

    It’s made me think about my own tourist behaviour, seeing crowds disgorge from buses only to take 200 identical photos of “the view.” Yet I still do it. It’s great that you were able to just enjoy that beautiful keyhole scene.

    Italy’s art and scuptures and history in all your photos has floored me. So sad you’re coming home!!! (As I bet you are!)

    • It is an amazing statue. You feel the emotion still.

      I often do not take photos. Soak in with my eyes. Search the net for better photos by skilled photographers with time delay and tripods and stuff.

  2. As above about the Angel of Grief. I also love Shelley. You have found some very interesting places off the beaten track….I would do the same and avoid the tourists – when in Venice we skirted around some of the main streets and came upon some unusual parts of the lesser walked ones.

  3. I think we are all stopped in our tracks by the Angel of Grief. Goes straight to your heart.
    As an introvert, I must say I am with you on finding the lesser tracks to cover when it comes to being a tourist. Got so fed up with selfie-taking people in Europe–none of whom seemed to spend more than a nanosecond contemplating their surroundings–or being in the moment. Moving like a herd of sheep; baaing their way through some list of must-dos photos of places to feed their social media. Gah!!
    So even if you got lost on the back bi-ways, at least you had a unique experience of Rome. A good thing.

    • I can’t take selfies. I make a friend laugh at how bad I am. And I am not going to spend anymore time learning to improve. The views exist and are amazing. Having my mug dominate the shot doesn’t improve the view and doesn’t prove anything.

      Not that I am superior or anything. I still visit the places that need to be “ticked off the list”. But then they are amazing or important or beautiful and that is why the coach loads of tourists visit.

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