Rainy days in Rome

I spent several glorious exploring the ancient streets of Rome. Despite occasional rain showers and thunderstorms, it was deliciously warm; mild enough to amble around in a     t-shirt, with an umbrella at the ready. When clouds gathered and thunder threatened, ancient monuments seemed to grow in stature and glow, almost as if the stormy skies released in them some sort of inner luminosity. In between cloudbursts, the sun came out and I took some time to capture a few reflective moments in this most magical of cities.

Pools of rainwater gathered in and around the Circus Maximus as I rambled by, creating breathtaking mirror images of the Roman Forum beyond.

Circus Maximus, Ancient Rome, Roman Forum, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney, Italy

Circus Maximus, Ancient Rome, Roman Forum, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney, Italy

Circus Maximus, Ancient Rome, Roman Forum, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney, Italy

The cobbled stones of the Piazza Navona made a delicate backdrop for reflected architecture.

Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy, photography, travel, travelogue, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

And the medieval streets of Trastevere glittered like precious gemstones in the pitch of night.

Rome, Italy, Trastevere, travel, travelogue, photography, Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney

With sights this delightful I am quite content to get soaked by a sudden downpour.

xxx Ailsa


About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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52 Responses to Rainy days in Rome

  1. I love the cathedral reflection in the cobblestone puddle – great shot!

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks Beauty, I took a million shots of rainy Rome, it was hard to choose my favourites, but that one in the Piazza Navona really appealed to me.

  2. vastlycurious.com says:


  3. Beautiful. You have such a great eye.

  4. Trish says:

    How great is the reflection in the puddle! And the colours of the old yellow stone buildings are so inviting that I want to go there. Now.

  5. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time Alisa, I can’t wait to read more!

  6. sueslaght says:

    I am with others who have commented. The puddle shot is brilliant!

  7. Rome is one of my most favourite cities on earth. Fantastic and interesting shots! 🙂

  8. sudapoedia47 says:

    I have this yearning to fly into Rome & spend time there – all by myself

  9. Lyle Krahn says:

    I’ll join the puddle-shot admirers.

  10. Me too! That’s a fantastic shot!

  11. suej says:

    Ailsa, what fun! I lve Italy, and have been to many places but funnily enough, have yet to get to the Eternal City….. I love architecture reflected in puddles, and your shot of the cathedral ticks the box for me…..

  12. aj vosse says:

    De-LIGHT-ful indeed!! 😉

    • ailsapm says:

      Grin. Thanks AJ – it’s been nice to escape the windy insanity of Ireland for a bit. I hear there was a crazy wind storm the day I left for Rome, over 100kph winds. Yikes.

  13. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The reflection in the cobbles photo is great ☆

  14. Max510 says:

    Happy that you like Rome !
    Enjoy your trip !

  15. Oh yeah ,,, la dolce vita in any season. That puddle at the Piazza Navona is a jem, Ailsa. Brava! 🙂

  16. Loved the photos. It reminded me of last summer and brought a smile to my lips. And I really needed a smile today. Thank you! 🙂

  17. Beachbums1 says:

    Ah, Rome ~ very romantic (and busy!). All your photos are wonderful but I too favor the puddle shot.

  18. I love that one of the puddle in the Piazza Navona – the reflection is so clear.

  19. LavendarLadi says:

    Stunning photos! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  20. thirdeyemom says:

    Love the reflection in the puddle on the cobblestones!!! Great shot!

  21. Dauw says:

    You ‘re quite right, Ailsa, the reflections and the pictures as well, are really gorgeous
    By the way, Rome is still one of those cities I dream of travelling to, one day.

  22. Madhu says:

    The reflecion in Piazza Novona is beyond stunning! Fab post Ailsa.

  23. Passenger says:

    wow wow wow. Love the reflection of th Piazza Novona on the cobblestones.

  24. I love Rome… ahhhh I wish I was there now. Thanks for giving me a mini virtual vacation.

  25. Your picture of the medieval streets of Trastevere is a work of art.

  26. Jaspa says:

    This brings back brilliant memories, like so many of your posts, Ailsa! Perhaps one day we’ll actually cross paths on our travels! In the meantime, if you’re still in Rome, try getting up to the Maltese Embassy. It’s worth the unique view: http://jaspasjourney.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/rome-through-a-keyhole/

    • ailsapm says:

      Oh this is awesome, I literally just posted about the keyhole and then read your comment. Kudos to Rich for that brilliant shot, it’s tricky to capture, isn’t it? xxx

  27. Pamela says:

    That’s it!! I’m booking for next month.

  28. Just Rod says:

    I really like the reflection in the cobblestones such colour and clarity

  29. marcopesce57 says:

    My wife and I will be in Rome on Thursday. We can’t wait!

  30. crazyguyinthailand says:

    Great post 😀

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