~    Touring: Sites, Shops, Piazzas     ~   Piatti / Plates    ~   Chiesas / Churches    ~   Places / Side Trips   ~
~  Wow Moments   ~   Portfolio:
    ~  Views & End Notes  ~  The Book   ~

1. "La dolce vita stroll through the heart of Rome."
2.Ancient Rome: San Clemente, Colosseo, the Forum
3. Neighborhood Rome: "Roma del Cielo", Pantheon, & free time: Fiori Market & Trastevere. Then cooking class.
4. St. Peters Basilica, Vatican Museum, and the Pope's blessing in the square.
5. Ostia Antica, the beach, & the Catacombs.
6. Borghese Gallery  


My "Seven Days In Rome" was an utter delight!

Hello. Come join me in an awesome tour of the Eternal City.
     I am captivated by Italy! As an artist, teacher, tutor, I am looking for inspiration, invigoration and relaxation and have found it in the many layers of Rome. Both digital and actual, this is a story,
in part, of my book, which is a story of my tour.

    My book-making is a mix of handmade papers, journaling, sketches, and photographs of a myriad of things that inspired these pages. It is pocketed, folded, popped-up, and windowed -- sorta like Rome, with unexpected doorways (great doorways!) into new experiences, or a round-the-bend pop-up novelty. It is full of textures, mosaics, marbled floors, sculpted doors, and storied frescos of the life in this city.
     The actual tour is a revelation. It's fun to roam (to "Rome!") and discover the layers of history rising side by side with present day living. Not like home, where anything over a hundred years old is likely torn down. Italians absorb and live their history and culture every day. Ancient walls become part of a cafe, columns from one old ruin are rebuilt into a modern shop. Or Sunday church is in a monument built 1000 years ago. The continuity is enduring.


     And the art!
    The work of the master artists of those times are seen everywhere, every day. Each succeeding encounter is a doorway into another layer of this city. I am absolutely awed by the sites and experiences of Rome.

    And do get me started on the food... it is so much a part of this trip. More on that throughout.

    Roman piazzas are splendid, with gatherings of people, monumental obelisks, and one impressive fountain after another.

On our get-acquainted "Dolce Vita" walk; I'm at the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini .
Piazza Navona.


    And the cathedrals!
    And the gelato!

     So explore with me some of the astounding sites of this tour. Though this scrapbook is not a chronological narrative, it illustrates the highlights
of our trip. As has been richly noted of Rome, it is a "tapestry of experience".

     Enjoy. ~ Alice Cappa, Oct'15

~ Getting around this scrapbook:
        * Some images & dialogue in Italics are repeated transitions to or from other sections (just follow your interests)
        *Many images link to larger ones in the Portfolio of Photos - just click them
        *Your browser may "block content", (usually a pop-up window at bottom of screen). Allow it to move features on this page (opening doors.)
                  It may take a few moments to load.
        *It seems I.E might display spacing better than Chrome or Firefox, and have more options for viewing.
        * Hint: If you widen your browser window, you may see more of the background collage
   Views, Preps, Tips, & End Note: I always resonated with the "back door" perspective and chose this trip to focus on Rome. Then to see Rick in person when he visited our local university a few years ago helped refine my plans. His talk was impressive (3 hours!). The last link of this scrapbook offers some views, tips, and end notes.

The Tour


Chiesas/ Churches

Places-Side Trips

Wow Moments

of Photos

Views, Tips,
& End Notes

The Book

The Group

Touring... Museos, Shops, Piazzas...

    When we arrived, we oriented ourselves to finding our way around, testing for the best gelato, experiencing the Metro, and exploring the piazzas.
    Our first day, pre-tour, we explored... city streets, tiny shops, a jammed-packed sculpture garden, a charming neighborhood park, and churches so beautiful and moving. In one, a children's choir burst into a spontaneous hymn, echoing through the tall columns and high domes.

    Roomie, Susan, and I walked and walked and found fountains, tratorias, and a great Sicilean Deli/bakery/gift shop (see Piatti) in a mid-block mall. The art in the gift shop included work from local artists, which we were trying to find. The senora there was pleased to practice her English and so we talked about ceramics, weaving, and glass.
     With more exploring, we took turns claiming which rooftop terraces we would live in. The ones with overhanging trees and gardens were the best. We came upon gorgeous doorways, a jumble of book booths, and an artists' shop window laid out with an array of colorful raw pigments and painting materials. And we saw a parade!


    We found great food from pastas to pizzas and hunted for pumpkin flower fritters (a special treat). Susan later discovered an enoteca near our hotel that sold wine by the litre, straight from a huge keg, direct from the tap to your own 5 bottle. And it was a good wine.
     And gelato! So many shops and flavors to sample.

     We found ourselves outside the Colosseo (Built when! How...!) Later when our group met there, we learned more about it's construction and uses. Our guide at The Forum also gave more of the story and with our free time, I climbed Palatine Hill above the monuments to find what I thought was a picturesque villa and a beautiful garden/orchard. Here, I had time to sit between the fruit trees on an ancient bench and sketch.
The little hut in the sketch, half buried under shrubbery and fruit trees, is actually the public bathroom atop Palatine Hill. In the fruit trees were colorful birds.

     We got our initiation on the crowded Metro (Susan jumped on, doors slammed in my face and she was gone.) I found her waiting for me at the next stop and we ventured out to explore the piazzas.

    (Side note: the two scariest things to me were getting around alone without knowing the language [& me without a phone], and the Metro....) Views & End Notes

    On this first evening's solo exploration, we became part of an intriguing passegiatta. I'm impressed with the Italians' sense of style, window designs (this season's color seems to be all black), and the moving-imagery backdrops for the clothing or shoe displays. People do not go out without looking their best, and it seems everyone is fashionably thin. (Don't know where they put all that pasta.)

 Artists, Piazza Navona 

 Piazza Spagna
(the steps were closed off and at the top,
hung a huge banner re: the latest James Bond movie)

     There was fun in the piazzas (musicians, break-dancing, humongous bubble-blowing for the kids, flower vendors, and "living statues". The energy here is playful. And of course, layers of architectural wonders, obelisks, and fountains everywhere. I love the fountain in Piazza Spagna, created at the end of the aquaduct line where the water pressure was low. Hence, it just spouts lightly from the "Leaky Boat". My handy drinking cup was ready for a refill.
     More exploring... we found the fountain, "Triton", in Piazza Barberini, its waters streaming from the great seashell atop Triton's head. More vendors -one gave me a beautiful, long-stemmed rose ( I didn't know he wanted money for it and had to give it back.) We found a Christmas shop filled with real ribbons (not paper), beautifully illustrated pop-up cards, and colorful toys on giant white fuzzy bears.
     And in the back streets... Gelato!

     Coming out of one church, we'd find another just across the street, or down the block. So many, yet each seems more impressive than the last. And what makes each one so distinctive? (Chiesas/Churches)

immense, elaborate cathedrals


     And the food! The delis especially enticed with layers of paninis, pastas, cases of cheeses and meats hung to age, pizzas (multi-colored doughs, waiting for their toppings, cut with large shears, then baked), pastries, and caramella e vino (candy and wine).
     And gelato! Twice a day. It's a rule.

    When we met the group the next day we again had a try at the Metro and all 26 of us landed at the right spot at the right time. Stephanie led us on a looong trek to our first dinner, on the way passing through a maze of piazzas and narrow streets, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Barbarini, and the Church of Maria Maddalena. To find our ristorante, we literally went down back allies, through a back door, down a cavernous stairway to an underground room ...
Continue with a taste of a full Italian meal .

walking to dinner       ~       our underground dinner room
at Ristorante da Pancrazio
~ see more at Piatti/Plates
                           Piatti/Plates ~ Chiesas/Churches ~ Side Trips

The Book

     The book began with preparing pages by mixing paper pulp and screening a few sheets that would hold the photos and text. I like textured surfaces, so added some colored yarns, petals, cotton fibers, seeds, etc. These will hopefully blend with the images.
     This is an ongoing project, so future pages have yet to be developed.

     I had two purposes for the pages: to provide background interest for the zillions of photos I took, and to be thin and uniform enough to slide through my printer.

That remains to be seen....
(more on The Book)

continuing The Tour...

The Forum & The Colosseum

RE:  The Metro. It took some getting used to. With the group - sometimes we got split into separate cars, sometimes we squeezed on in tight crowds, but were strung out the length of the car, holding onto rails, straps, or our neighbor's sleeve. Word would pass down the line how many stops we had left. But a big time-saver in avoiding lines and confusion was having a week's Metro Pass. Worth it's weight in gold.
     Below, a) our guide, Stephanie Bergman, organizes our first group ride, and b) a hodge-podge of crowds at the metro.

"Leaky Boat"


sculpture garden

bubbles in the piazza

keys & locks left on tunnel railing,
climbing to St. Peters In Chains church



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