Photojournal of Rome, Day 3: Testaccio Market, The Vatican, Pizzarium, Piazza Navona

When I was a sophomore art history student at Brandeis University, I opted to take a course focused solely on Michelangelo, the irascible genius who painted the Sistine Ceiling despite professing himself to be a sculptor first and foremost. Being able to see not one but two of his self-portraits subtly imposed in the fresco cycles on the ceiling and above the altar, respectively. Before we made it to the Vatican, I went a bit south with my dad to the less-trafficked Testaccio neighborhood on the recommendations of Parla Food, an exceptional food blog written by an American expat with over ten years’ experience separating the wheat from the chaff. And finally, because our apartment features a cozy kitchen with all the bells and whistles, I cooked up a rather not so Italian beef stew for dinner.

Lots of sushi

veggie stand

fresh bread!

Property of the Vatican

Peeking in

Fire in the Borgo, Rafael

2 Popes Embrace

Nave, S Peter's

Side dome, S Peter's

Central Dome, S Peter's



Grafitti in its natural habitat

Old school cycle

Jupiter, Museo di Roma

Piazza Navona

Colosseum in 19th Century

Homemade stew for dinner

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