Sunday 22 March 2009

Postcards from Rome: Sunday Morning

Good Morning, Sunshine!
Chiesa di San Carlo ai Catinari
Looking out my window
early Sunday morning

Lemon Trees
basking in the morning sun
on the terrace of the neighboring building

Still in the shade,
a small side street
of Via del Portico d'Ottavio

Delectable Crostate Pies
in the shop window of a koster bakery,
waiting to be taken home
and served after Sunday's pranzo.

Roman Jewish Cuisine
One of several fine kosher restaurants along
Via Portico d'Ottaviano

Now still in an early morning's daze,
within a few hours this place will be bustling
with happy patrons enjoying Sunday lunch
under a warm spring sun.

Giggetto al Portico d'Ottavio
Well-known for its Roman Jewish specialties,
especially its Carciofo all Giudia
(Jewish style fried whole artichoke)

Colazione Romana
Cappuccino e Cornetto

"Antico Caffè del Teatro di Marcello"
After all,
I walked all the way from Campo de' Fiori
through the archeological park of
Teatro di Marcello. ;-)

My Rome
Photographed Sunday,
March 15, 2009


  1. Lovely images from Roma Merisi. My favorite city and your photos make it divine!

    Did you go there for work or pleasure? Though work can also be pleasure, I know that for sure :-)

  2. Glad you had such a lovely time in Rome.

  3. I love that brief time in the morning before the hustle and bustle begins, you capture it so well.

    you are right, work related travel can be pleasure, at least in Rome, my old hometown! ;-)

    when in Rome, always! :-)

    thank you -
    I truly enjoy being up before the rest of the world. ;-)

  5. Whatever you do that you can experience such adventure and beauty--I salute you--and am intensly jealous! Thanks again for the photos of soft light and perfection.

  6. Delightful shots . I like how you have chosen the non-typical things of Rome. The Roman-Jewish restaurant looks so enticing. Wish I could be there and have the fried artichokes or any thing on the menu would be fine with me. The early morning calm before the rush is wonderful.

  7. Very warm and Roman-looking...
    But I was getting confused...I thought you were back..
    You are back!
    yeah Rome is...Roma :)
    Only one Rome

  8. Rome is lovely indeed.
    I have never been there in spring time.
    Maybe next year?
    Lovely photos as ever.
    Italy really is the place to go to EAT!

  9. LEENIE,
    thank you! :-)

    this is my old neighborhood,
    still my favorite part of Rome, between Campo de' Fiori and Campidoglio. I used to live in Via del Monte della Farina (opposite the building where in Michel Butor's novel "La Modification" his protagonist's mistress lives).

    yes, Carol, I am back in Vienna -
    but the memories live on! :-)

    I hope you do not mind that I continue to send you postcards from Rome. It is also a practical matter, the few days I have been back have not had the best weather and, besides, myself not much time either to capture worthwhile pictures here in Vienna.

    of yes, the food! :-)
    I subsisted mostly on cornetti in the morning, puntarelle with anchovy dressing and artichokes cooked in a hundred different ways for lunch and dinner.

    Early spring, before Easter, is probably the best time to visit Rome.

    Then again, at the end of May, Rome at sunset, after one of those warm rain thunderstorms leave the air so pure and cristal clear ... or on a late summer evening, walking up to the Campidoglio to take in the magnificent view over the city by night ... or on a cold December afternoon, the Christmas market at Piazza Navona, the smell of roasted chestnuts and candy apples and the faint like lost sounding bagpipes coming from a sidestreet corner ... Rome e' bella sempre. Coming back to the city after Christmas holidays, the air almost springlike, the sky so blue, the noises of bustling Stazione Termini enveloping you .... I am getting homesick! ;-)

  11. Lemon trees basking in the Sun on the terrace of a neighbouring building, well, what a sight it must be.

    And a beautiful side street.

  12. i love roma. love your postcards.


  13. I've enjoyed so much this lovely sequence on Rome!

  14. Gigetto is more reknown but Taverna del Ghetto is very good (and has more traditional Roman Jewish food).

  15. Your images are so delightful. I really think these could sell as post cards!


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