Step with me into Rome, Italy!

Dearest Readers,

It’s been so much fun sharing my pics of my vacation to Italy with you!  :)

Step into Rome!

 Ancient Rome (beside the Colosseum)
The Colosseum 
The lines to buy a ticket was over ONE HOUR long. In the heat.  But it is worth it.  Completed in 80 AD, this place is as popular today as it was in ancient times!
Look at this wonder of wonders!
Inside the Colosseum

Above is the underground (beneath the stage) where the gladiators and animals were kept for the fights.

Below–the VIP section of the Colosseum. The Senators’ names are still carved into the stone to indicate their seats.

 The Famous Trevi Fountain (Below)

Italians say:
Toss 1 coin in the fountain: if  you want to return;
Toss 2 coins in the fountain: if you want to find true love;
Toss 3 coins in the fountain: if you want to get rid of your love.  
I wonder if men hang around looking for women who toss in 2 coins. ;)  Or maybe three?  Ha.

Below is another of the many fountains found in Rome.

Speaking of fountains in Rome, the water in the fountains isn’t recycled water.  It’s fresh clean water you can drink!  Many people refill water bottles and drink from the water fountains.  Given the number of fountains in the city, clearly, they’re not too concerned about water conservation.  

National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (also known as the “Wedding Cake”).  

The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Vatican Museum 
Technically the Vatican is an independent state and though found in Rome, it isn’t part of it.
Below are a few treasures from this incredible museum.  You need several days to take in all the wonders within its walls.
First, the ceilings in the Museum.  
They were nothing short of breathtaking. No photo can do them justice.

Some of the art in the Vatican Museum.

Before books!  This was what you wrote on. (Below)

Representative of Cleopatra. (Below)

Statue of Fertility.  (Below)
That’s bull’s testicles all over her.  :)

That’s it for now!  I’ll be showing the final photos (from my trip out to Pompeii) next week.  Stay tuned for the details. :)
Next Tuesday Mr. D will be back with another Romance Husband interview—WITH GIVEAWAY!  You don’t want to miss out on the fun! Mark your calendars for Tuesday November 1st!
Giveaway: Another beautiful glass necklace purchased in Venice, Italy!  Open WORLDWIDE.

Question: Got any favorite movies filmed in Italy?   Or in another country other than the US? 
I personally love an older film shot mostly in Italy with sexy Robert Downey Jr. and Melissa Tomei –ONLY YOU. Such a cute romantic comedy!

RULES for the Glass Necklace from Venice:

To win you must:

1. Answer the question or leave a meaningful comment.

2. You MUST be a follower/subscriber of Lila DiPasqua’s blog (through Google Friend Connect).

3. Must be at least 18 years of age.

Contest for the Glass Necklace from Venice ends Saturday Oct. 29th 2011. Winner will be selected at random on Sunday Oct. 30th, 2011.

See you next Tuesday for another RH interview!


  • Looks like you are having an amazing time! Italy is my dream vacation, hopefully it’ll happen some day. Two of my favorite movies are Roman Holiday and Under the Tuscan Sun. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  • Love your work and the necklaces are beautiful!! I would love to visit there some day!

  • only one i can really think of would be eat pray and love with julia roberts as it was filmed in many countries.


  • Ebony M.

    well, i like casablaca. and that was in africa i think. what a Great film !!! I love looking at those necklaces !!! they are pretty. :)

  • May

    I love Only You as well. I also like 3 Coins in the fountain. A really old black and white movie but it has tons of shots of Rome…

  • Ivy

    I’d love to have a year @ least to do a European tour. I’m really enjoying my vicarious vacation via your pictures. Can’t wait for Pompeii. I’ve been fascinated w/ it since I was little.
    I love Roman Holiday w/ Audrey Hepburn. Love those older movies, esp. w/ Cary Grant..heart be still.

  • The Italian Job with Mark Walhberg. I also love Under the Tuscan Sun that was mentioned earlier.

  • Italy is the land of my ancestors! Someday I will get there. They come mostly from Bologna. I’d love to find out more!!! Such beautiful photos and I can’t wait to see in person. MY GOAL!

  • michele

    BUtiful pictures of rome and looks like you enjoyed yourself

  • Hi, I’m a new follower.
    I love the pictures it looks like you had a fabulous time.
    The movie National Lampoon’s Europian Vacation was filmed in Italy.
    One day I will get to visit there.

  • LOL its true, tossed coins in the Trevi fountain and was approached by this gorgeous guy, unfortunately he did not speak much English and I was on tour leaving that evening *sigh*

    My favourite movies set in Italy:
    – Il Postino
    – The English Patient
    – Romeo & Juliet
    – Letters to Juliet
    – The Passion of the Christ
    – Angels & Demons

    Thank you for the opportunity to win those lovely necklaces!!!

    Rita from South Africa


  • These pictures are absolutely gorgeous; there are no words to aptly describe this type of beauty. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us.

    I don’t pay much attention to where movies are made, but I have enjoyed the movies mentioned.

    Please do not include me in the drawing as I was just blessed with winning a glass heart necklace. Thank you again.


  • My favorite movies filmed outside of the U.S. are the Bourne films and the Bond films. I am a HUGE fan of suspense or action films. I also love The African Queen with Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Another which was a mini-series rather than a “movie” was All The Rivers Run based on Nancy Cato’s book.

  • I like the movie “Three Coins in A Fountain” Your pictures look alot like the sites in the movie.

  • The pics are amazing Lila, I’m so jealous. If I ever get to take a vacation out of the states I would absolutely go to Italy. I don’t think I have a favorite movie set in Italy, there so many great ones. Can’t wait for the Pompeii pics :)

  • Beautiful photos, makes me want to go to Italy! My brother in law has been and he loved it there. I can’t think of any movies set in Italy but I don’t watch many movies any more.


  • Beautiful pictures !!!

  • Oh my the pictures are so beautiful! My best friend and I have been planning a trip to Italy since we were in High School. We were supposed to go this year our 30th but she found out she would be giving birth to her second child right around trip time so we have rescheduled it for our 35th year. LOL. My favorite movie set in Italy is Under the Tuscan Sun.

  • The colleseum! Was it even better in person? What an amazing thing to see. Hard to believe it can still pull in crowds like it used to.

  • Di

    Favorite newer movie: Under The Tuscan Sun
    Favorite Older Movie: Three Coins in a Fountain
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  • One of my favorites is “A Room With a View” which is set in England and Italy.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous place. I’m living Vicariously through them. Under the Tuscan Sun is a favorite of mine. I would love to spend some tine there.

  • I loved Only You, and Under the Tuscan Sun! Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing your trip and the giveaways!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  • I don’t think I’ve really seen many movies set in Italy. Outside the US in general though there are heaps of good British ones, and I love Amelie (which is French and thus set in France). Thanks for the contest, those necklaces look amazing!

    GFC – JessS

  • great Italy, love all the pic lila, thanks to share it with us especially about the coin and the pic at museum =D

    the movie i love is still chasing liberty.

  • History is alive.

    I have a favorite mini-series made in Italy: ROME is brilliant if you get a chance to watch it.

    GFC: Mary Preston


  • Wow, great pictures. I’ve never been to Italy before and I’m living in Europe. It’s definitely on my to do list someday.

    I love the movie The Italian Job

  • Hi Lila!! *waving* Oh, you’re making me want to go through my Rome honeymoon photos. I miss it so much (though I preferred Venice to Rome). One of these days, I’ll get to go back.

    Only You is a GREAT movie! I love RDJ in just about anything, though. :) I have to say, my favorite Rome-filmed movie is Roman Holiday. Gregory Peck…mmmmmmmmm.

    Sorry. *wiping off drool*

    Can’t wait to see your Pompeii pics!

  • There’s a movie with Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline called French Kiss which was filmed (partly) in Paris I think. It’s a cute one. Now, I’m gonna have to go find it so I can watch it again!

  • Amy

    Thanks for sharing the pics! The Colosseum looks so huge! I’d love to go see it someday. It is a piece of majestic Roman history.

    GFC follower


  • The English Patient!!! Filmed in Italy. It’s an Amazing Loce story!!!

    Debbie L.

  • Oh’.. Under the Tuscan Sun or The Red Violin… All filmed in Italy…

    Debbie L.

  • Almost forgot – one of my favourite movies of all time, Atonement. Filmed in London. Gosh, I love that movie!

  • I too loved Only You as well as A Roman Holiday and Under The Tuscan Sun.Your pics are great Lila. I can only imagine how gorgeous the ceilings are in person if that’s how good they look in a photo.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • I am a GFC Follower, librarypat.

    Favorite film would be ROMAN HOLIDAY with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

    Your pictures are wonderful. I have my passport, now all I need to do is figure a way to pay for a trip to Italy. The Vatican Museum is incredible. I don’t think 2 weeks would be enough to even begin to take in all Rome and The Vatican have to offer. I have been interested in Pompeii since high school (which was long before you were born). I look forward to seeing your pictures.

    librarypat AT comcast DOT net

  • Beautiful pictures! So pretty! I want to go to Italy some day. I love the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. So good! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonymous

    Loving the pictures>>> One day i will visit Italy it’s breath taking.

    Thanks for sharing Lila