Visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome

Visiting the Spanish Steps in Rome

The Spanish Steps in Rome, Italy

On the afternoon that Bob and I landed in Rome, Italy, we were in dire need of a stretch given the long hours of travel time from Toronto.  Our accommodation, Hotel Manfredi, was centrally located in the Old Quarter so The Spanish Steps were less than ten minutes by foot from the hotel lobby.  It seemed a likely destination given its close proximity. Read more

Our walking tour of Piazza del Popolo in Rome

Our walking tour of Piazza del Popolo in Rome

piazza del popola viewed from pincian hill, rome, italy

Bob and I seemed to find ourselves drawn to Piazza del Popolo a few times during our stay in Rome.  From our hotel, we could walk to this large pedestrian zone within minutes and always found something of interest to investigate. Read more

Exploring the Colosseum and its Underground in Rome

Exploring the Colosseum and its Underground in Rome

An image of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Of all the ancient ruins in Rome, Italy, for me it was The Colosseum that I most looked forward to seeing and exploring.  We did not make straight for The Colosseum on our first full day in the city, but instead preferred to set the stage by checking out The Roman Forum just east of there which gave us a sneak peak of the iconic stadium from one vantage point. Read more

Hooded Crows Among the Ancient Ruins of Rome

Hooded Crows Among the Ancient Ruins of Rome

hooded crow, rome, italy, pic 4

I’ve got to say that, on our first full day in Rome, Italy, looking for wildlife of any sort was not at the top of our list.  We had too many ruins to explore, too much history on which to focus.  But there we were, barely out of our hotel when Bob spotted a Hooded Crow as we ascended the steps of Il Vittoriano, just off of Piazza Venezia.  Of course, we had to get a record shot for this sighting of a new species. Read more

Rose-ringed Parakeets in Rome

Rose-ringed Parakeets in Rome

An image of a Rose-ringed parakeet on a tree in Rome, Italy. Photography by Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean.

Our first destination in Italy was the capital city, Rome, where of course we spent several days touring all the ruins of the Old Quarter.  While exploring Palatine Hill, I heard an unusual bird song and then spotted a pair of Rose-ringed Parakeets winging through the sky before landing in the top of a very tall tree. We were delighted! Read more

Reflections on our Travels to Rome

Reflections on our Travels to Rome

Rome Italy Skyline

In August 2015, Bob and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary so we wanted to further mark the occasion with a memorable trip.  Never having visited Italy, we figured that a jaunt to the city of Rome would be a good place to start our 3-week vacation.  After all, it is considered amongst the top ten romantic cities in the world. Read more