La citta’ eterna

Venue: central Rome

Camera & Lens specs: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 16.5mm, aperture ƒ/2.4, shutter speed 1/80s, ISO 500

Music: Coldplay – Viva la Vida (

Today I go back more than a year ago to my days of living in Italy and just starting with my photography passion. I was In Rome on a short holiday with my family and we were exploring the ancient streets and hidden gems of the eternal city, one of my favorite places in the world. The picture on top was taken around sunset in the area between the Circo Massimo and the Colosseo, the area of true ancient Rome. The tall cypresses and the large pine trees living happily among the old ruins only add to the striking beauty and the history of the place itself. As cliche as it sounds, for me Rome does mean eternity more than any other place in the world, and I tried to highlight this by the dramatic shades of the evening clouds in the photo (I cheated slightly as I artificially increased the color contrast on Photoshop, but maybe I overdid it here?).

The photo below is also a very good memory for me. It’s picturing the “modern” architecture of medieval Rome with the walking bridge (built in 1479) from the city centre to the Trastevere area, one of the most lively neighborhoods with the best pizza and “suppli” options.

Ponte Sisto

33 thoughts on “La citta’ eterna

  1. Rome has such a mystical feel to it. I hope to visit it someday! I really enjoyed the Assassin’s Creed II video games since they took place in the city.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. I’ve not yet visited Rome, and your post has made me even more determined to get there some time next year. The colours in your first photo are amazing, even though they’re enhanced by Photoshop. The deeper colours suit the theme of the photo. I also love the detail on that bridge and the green of the water in the second photo. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Those folks sure knew how to build a bridge in 1479! I’m sure it’s seen repairs and upgrades over the cenuries, but they built that thing to last. It must have been beautiful when it was first built, because it still is.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Fantastic photographs and I particularly like the light behind the Cypress trees. I noticed that you have very light eyes in your avatar. Is that normal for people from your part of the world or did your family come from the North? My boss is from Transylvania and looks like a beautiful vampire with black hair and eyes.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks! Yes I have blue eyes, dark blonde hair (when I had it) and as far as I can keep track the roots of my family come from different parts of Bulgaria. That’s not so untypical actually – even though most Bulgarians have dark eyes and darker skin there’s a substantial percentage of light eyed people around 🙂 Maybe coincidentally most of my friends here are blue or green-eyed..

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s