The base of a lamp post on Ponte Mazzini with ship prows and ram's heads. The bridge was built at the beginning of the 20th century to honor Giuseppe Mazzini, one of the leaders of Italy's unification.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Elephant and Obelisk in Piazza della Minerva, behind the Pantheon, was commissioned by Alexander VII, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and sculpted by Ercole Ferrata in 1667. Atop the marble elephant sits an obelisk from the 6th century BC that used to be part of the Temple of Isis that was in this area of Rome.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
This 12 foot hight bronze pinecone was originally near the Pantheon, next to the Temple of Isis. In the middle ages it was in the courtyard of the old St. Peter's Basilica and in 1608 was moved again to the Belvedere Courtyard of the Vatican Gardens where it is today. (The peacocks below the pinecone are copies of ones that used to decorate the tomb of Hadrian, now know as the Castel Sant'Angelo.)
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Pasquino, one of the six"talking statues" in Rome: Starting in the 16th century, these ancient statues provided a place for people to post anonymous political comments and criticisms, usually in the form of poetry. They continue to serve as a bulletin board even today.