Piazza Venezia, Rome is one of the most majestic places I have ever been to. It commands respect from the moment you catch it in your periphery vision to the moment you brave 4 lanes of rush hour traffic to cross to the center meridian to take a picture with the other 500 tourists there.
Everything about it, from the sheer immensity of the monuments in white marble, to the green horsemen cast in bronze, to the two soldiers standing guard, to the altare della patria dedicated to the fallen soldiers are almost too much to take in.
On my visit with my parents a few weeks ago, this is certainly how we felt.
I took this photo while standing on a small landing to the right side of main staircase. A word to the wise though, there are security guards at the Piazza Venezia whose sole job is to get you (yes, you!) to stay off stairs, pick up your litter, and not exit the monument dragging your rolling carry-on down the stairs that have carried the likes of past Popes and other known dignitaries through the ages.
I managed to bring shame on my own family when my mom heard a piercing whistle only to turn and see the guard pointing at her only daughter.
While I did feel embarrassed for a moment, I put up my fist (a là ‘Power to the People’) and cried “Worth it!” to an older couple standing nearby who had not been paying me any attention at all until that moment.
I then slunk off like a dog who had just been spanked with my camera dangling like a tail between my knees to the nearest doorway which thankfully opened into a stunning church with less restrictive policies on photography.
Rules are made to be broken. But if you’re going to break them, at least be quick about it. 😉