Here in the Alderson household, we are still recovering from a week’s vacation to Rome. It sounds quite jetsettery, but it’s only a two-hour flight from Amsterdam!
It was to celebrate my husband’s birthday and conduct a little location research for Book 5 in the Travel Can Be Murder cozy mystery series – Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome. Luckily, we left Rome two days before the corona virus reared its ugly head there, as well.
A trip to Rome is not complete without a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.
It was busy (as always), but the church is so large you can always get close to the artwork – if you are patient! Here is one of my favorite’s – Michelangelo’s Pietà.
We weren’t certain what to expect weather-wise, but as you can see, Rome is beautiful any time of the year! I just love these peek-a-boo-glimpses you get of world-famous monuments while walking around the city center.
My son loved the public transportation but wasn’t so keen on the many stairs that needed to be climbed.
But what a view once you do get to the top! Here is the Forum.
On our ‘to visit’ list was the Doria Pamphilj Gallery – a wonderful mansion turned private museum in the city center.
Our top highlight was seeing Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Diego Velázquez. Though really the entire art collection is incredible. It’s definitely worth the visit – check out that ceiling, as well!!
What an adventure! I am so glad we were able to visit and hope to soon return – once this worldwide pandemic is over, of course!
You can also “travel by book” to Italy via my latest release, Death by Fountain: A Christmas Murder in Rome. Now available as paperback, eBook, and in Kindle Unlimited. Buy it now on Amazon (eBook / paperback), Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, and other fine retailers.