Italy – Delayed

About two months ago, I went to Italy for a conference. Here’s some of what I saw during my free time in Florence and Rome.

IMG_6638This motorcyclist turned what appeared to be 2 inches of space into a parking spot for his bike after about 5 minutes of adjusting other bikes and squeezing his in. I was impressed. -Florence

IMG_6652There’s random and cool wall art all through the streets of Florence. This one reminded me of ‘the most interesting man in the world… stay thirsty my friends’. -Florence

IMG_6650Classic [and working] photo booth downtown. I love photos about photos. -Florence

IMG_6747IMG_6754Offerings in front of La Beata Vergine Del Rosario E San Domenico Di Guzman in the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. -Florence

IMG_6776Painting of the Cappella Bardi a the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella. The chapel dates back to the eighteenth century. -Florence

IMG_6487Outside the Mvseo di Plazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence. Plazzo Vecchio has been the main symbol of civic power in the city for seven centuries. -Florence

IMG_6706Seen during a morning run at Club Sportivo Firenze, outside the main city. -Florence

IMG_6728Vendors setting up right after sunrise in the Piazza Del Mercato Nuovo. A few feet from the Uffizi, hundreds of tourists will fill the Piazza in a few hours. -Florence

IMG_6573Seen at the top of the Boboli Gardens. A bit jet lagged on my first day, this view woke me up to remind me that I was in Italy. -Florence

IMG_6474Seen while walking in the Piazza della Repubblica, a center point in the city. Migone is a well known candy/dessert store. I passed on the candy and opted for two to three servings of gelato a day. No judgment. -Florence

IMG_6797-EditReflections. Dinner. – Florence

IMG_6829IMG_6823Standing on the platform at Termini station was like being at a moving gallery. The graffiti on the trains was captivating. -Rome

IMG_7087“Hey! It’s me, Mario!” -Rome

IMG_7094The Colosseum. If I had a dollar for every time I heard some one say , “are you not entertained?!” -Rome

IMG_7111Proof of life. -Rome

IMG_7062If you’re ever in Vatican City, a visit to Forno on Via Del Banco di Santo Spirito is a must. It’s a small deli that tourist have found but is frequented by locals. The fresh baked bread is amazing. Sitting back and simply watching people order, prosciutto being cut and bread being baked is an experience in itself. -Rome

IMG_6973IMG_6926Besides the conference (what I would tell my boss – wink, wink), the highlight of my trip was attending Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Words and pictures can’t capture the experience. Mass was followed by Pope Francis giving Angelus blessings from his apartment window over Vatican Square. -Rome

IMG_7004IMG_6874The ceiling of St. Peter’s Basilica. -Rome

IMG_7027-EditThe roof of St. Peter’s Basilica. -Rome



5 thoughts on “Italy – Delayed

  1. Tesfa, your pictures are so beautiful. They took me right back to the week I spent in Florence two summers ago. I am longing to return to that amazing city. It was fun to see your view of the same subject that I shot … the motorcycles, the graffiti, Santa Maria Novella, the windows of Migone. Thanks for this wonderful trip down memory lane on this rainy NYC morning. Just what I needed. Hope you are well.

  2. I have to agree with the previous writer I also visited Florence and your photos did take me back however your pics was much more than I had seen. Luv them all. You are an excellent photographer

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