St. Peter’s Dome in Rome

Posted on November 14, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Rome, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Being claustrophobic I didn’t know how I would do climbing the many steps to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.  The walls curve in and they actually become narrower as you go!  I had to try, though, how often does one get to Rome?

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What most amazed us was the coffee shop on the roof where we enjoyed an espresso!  Everything at St. Peter’s is enormous, so we shouldn’t have been surprised by an entire coffee shop on the roof or the fact that the roof we walked on seemed like a street complete with buildings of its own.

The view is magnificent owing to the ordinance that no building in Rome can be higher than the Vatican dome.  It was a very blue sky and perfect day for the climb.

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Feet as a Roman Theme

Posted on April 18, 2013. Filed under: Art, Italy, Photography, Rome, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rome - mosaic foot st peters

I love feet.  As a bodyworker, I find them amazing structures that support us all day as well as great vehicles for bringing complete relaxation to a client’s whole being.  They were everywhere in Roman art!  Above is an enormous mosaic foot in the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.  The span across it has to be 4 feet!

Rome -  bill with constantines foot           144 mary with big foot massage

These are two fragments from gigantic sculptures of Constantine.  The marble foot with Bill on the left is the famous one that Janet Travell M.D. was photographed with in the 1950s.  She pointed out the Morton’s toe on it (2nd toe longer than great toe).  I was watched very closely with that bronze foot.  Although it looks like I’m massaging it, I am careful not to touch it because the guards would have my head!

Rome -  feet in tabularium of capitoline museum

These are some very cool ancient stone carvings of feet.  I don’t think anyone understands why they were made but it’s clear that feet have been fascinating for a long time!

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