Fab Photos Friday: A Path through Rome

Filed in Adventures in Europe, Foto Friday!, Travel by on January 8, 2015 9 Comments

Several years ago, it must be nearly ten years now, (can that be possible)….Dios Mio! Anyway, Randy and I took our teenage children on their first trip to Rome.  Dan Brown’s novel Angels and Demons (he is famous for the Da Vinci Code) was a favorite book of mine at the time, and my son also loved it.  The history, the symbology, secret societies…Dan Brown does it well, and my son and I love our fiction mixed with history, truth and a little mysticism. I decided that Wesley, my son, would lead us on our path around the Eternal City. If you are not familiar with Angels and Demons, it is predicated on the ancient secret society, The Illuminati, and their secret great artist who created the Illuminati Ambigrams with the scientific elements embossed upon them.  In the book, Bernini was the secret artist. Using the ambigrams, and my own clues mixed with those in the book, Wes was given a clue every day which he had to solve.  First, it was:clue two

Santi was none other than the famous Raphael, an architect as well as an artist. He designed an “earthly” tomb, and Bernini’s work, Habakkuk and the Angel, is in the chapel filled with Pyramids and earthly phenomena.  Wes solved the clue, which took us to the Piazza del Popolo, one of the most famous squares in the city.  On that square is the Church of St Maria del Popolo, and in that church, Chigi’s Chapel and the statue waited for us.  The Angel pointed the way toward the next clue!

Habbakkuk and the Angel...and Wes, our treasure hunter.

Habbakkuk and the Angel…and Wes, our treasure hunter.

The next day Wes received this clue:

clue 5Well….off we went to St. Peter’s Square, where a bas relief sculpture by Bernini waits by the obelisk. Bernini designed the “square” as an ellipse.

The Breath of God

The Breath of God

Our kids with our tour guide at Vatican City.

Our kids with our tour guide at Vatican City

The Medusa at the Vatican Museum

The Medusa at the Vatican Museum

San Pietro ad Vincola

San Pietro ad Vincola

The Moses

The Moses

europe 04 vatican holy door ally wes

A Holy Door opens into St Peter’s every 25 years so pilgrims can enter to obtain plenary indulgences which remits all temporal “punishment” required to cleanse the soul from attachment to anything but God. The door opens again on Christmas Eve, 2025. See you there?

And our next clue:clue 3

 

This clue is a bit of a combination: “he whose son’s faults were his failure as a father” was a line spoken by Marcus Aurelius to his son in the movie “The Gladiator”.  The clue took Wes to the statue of Marcus Aurelius at Capitoline Hill, in ancient Rome.

Marcus Aurelius at Capitoline Hill.

Marcus Aurelius at Capitoline Hill.

Capitoline Hill was the site of one of my more spectacular falls….it had been misting a bit, and I slipped. I will never live that one down.

The Coliseum is truly one of the great sights of Rome, not to be missed under any circumstances!

Wes, Gladiator.

Wes, Gladiator.

This edifice is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of cats.

This edifice is home to hundreds, if not thousands, of cats.

Wesley’s next clue was:clue 4

At the Top of the Fountain, the Dove of Peace, pointing to the Church of Illumination.

At the Top of the Fountain, the Dove of Peace, pointing to the Church of Illumination.

Wes at Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers (my favorite fountain in Rome).

Wes at Bernini’s Fountain of the Four Rivers (my favorite fountain in Rome).

 

The Beautiful Fountain of the Four Rivers is at Piazza Navona, also the site of the incredible Pantheon.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

Our family in Ancient Rome

Our family in Ancient Rome

clue 6Wesley’s search ended near the Vatican, at the Castel d’Angelo, the Castle of Angels. His reward?  A Ferrari cap!

The Trevi

The Trevi

Founders of Rome who suckled from a wolf: Romulus and Remus. Understand why Harry Potter's werewolf pal was named Remus Lupin?

Founders of Rome who suckled from a wolf: Romulus and Remus.  Now do you understand why Harry Potter’s werewolf pal, Lupin, was named Remus Lupin?

Rome is a treasure. After looking at these photos, I’m ready to go back! Of course, I’m always ready to travel…Italy sounds just right!

 

 

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  1. Your photos brought back such lovely memories of my visits to Rome. I once spent a month there and living among the antiquities was amazing. It was pre-Riley, so I can’t leave my dog quite that long, but I would love to do it again.
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  2. I love Rome. It truly is the Eternal City. I remember being in the ancient gardens across the street from the coliseum where I could have sworn that if I turned around I would see a man in a toga. Your trip sounds idyllic. I bet your son loved it.
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  3. What a wonderful trip for your kids. I am so looking forward to visiting Rome one day soon.
    I am so curious about the cats now…
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  4. I think Rome is one of my favorite cities. I would have loved to do an Angels and Demons kind of tour. Next time!
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  5. Wow, it looks like an amazing experience! I hope to visit Rome someday.
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