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.
The cobbled stones of the Piazza Navona made a delicate backdrop for reflected architecture.
And the medieval streets of Trastevere glittered like precious gemstones in the pitch of night.
With sights this delightful I am quite content to get soaked by a sudden downpour.