Saturday, April 21, 2007

Saturday Photo Hunt -- Steps



THE SPANISH STEPS



This is a photo I took in 1984, in Rome, of the Spanish Steps, Scalinata di Trinità dei Monti. Built in 1725, the 138 steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna to the 16th century French church above it, Trinità dei Monti.


The steps are usually covered with tourists and Italians alike, sitting in the sunshine, so I'm surprised that I caught it relatively bare.

If you are ever there, I want to tell you about a well-kept secret delight that is very close by. If you face the steps from below, the house on the right was where Keats lived and died in 1821. It is now a small museum named the Keats-Shelley House and it's crammed with wonderful memorabilia of Keats, Shelley, Byron and other Romantic poets. We spent a couple of hours in there quite happily reading their letters and poking about amongst the treasures, all by ourselves. Maybe it's been discovered by everyone since then, but we certainly enjoyed it in peace.

It seems all my posts lately are about Italy, even Photo Hunt. I hope no one minds.

To join click on the Photo Hunt Participant button on the sidebar and to see the blogroll, click on the words on the sidebar.

61 comments:

Lulu said...

Great photo for the Photo Hunt! It's funny how quaint memories of places you visit like the Keat's house never quite leave you.

My Photo Hunters photos have mainly consisted of Paris or London, much like your Italy photos. It must be a place that you truly love.

Thanks for visiting!

Lisa Renee said...

I don't mind your posts being about Italy, I enjoy them very much because I've never been there. Thank you for not only sharing your photography but the stories as well. Maybe someday I'll actually be able to visit the museum you wrote about, I've always been a fan of Keats...

:-)

angelo said...

That's a very lovely shot! You were so lucky to catch it pretty empty, most of the pictures I've seen of it are pretty packed with people. I'd love to visit there one day, and check out where Keats lived...it all seems so romantic.. Happy Hunting!

YTSL said...

I'm another person who doesn't mind your posts on Italy even while/because I've never been there.

Can you remember when in the day as well as what time of the year you visited the Spanish Steps? If so, do you think that had an effect on the visitor patterns to it?

Also, thanks for the Keat-Shelley house tip! :)

Linda said...

If there is one thing I'm learning with this week's theme it's that there are a lot more steps in Europe than there are in America!

james higham said...

I'd love to do this sort of thing again but for now I'll just ahve to follow your posts on your travels and the minutiae of what you find there.

Gattina said...

Yes I mind ! always about Italy, lol ! and I have an Italian husband, Italy at home, lol ! That's a very nice picture you took there and what a chance that there were so few people !

srp said...

Yes, more Italy. My daughter and I visited Florence when my brother was performing in the opera Othello. We took a side trip to Pisa and spent a couple of days in Rome. We spent time in the Forum and the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. I could spend two months in Florence and not get tired of it.

ashleystravel said...

Lovely! I have always wanted to travel to Italy.

Stine said...

This fits right into a future TT of mine: 13 places to see before I die...
Great shot. Thanks for the visit!

eph2810 said...

I loved the picture. I sure don't mind pictures from Italy at all :)...Italy has a special place in my heart.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Dragonheart said...

Very cool steps! That's a great photo. Thanks for the information about the area surrounding the steps. I found it very interesting!

chateau said...

Beautiful photo... Nice story too- it must have been interesting reading old letters and poem drafts. Thanks for the visit!

amy said...

Great picture for the week. Glad you shared it with us!



Dont forget Amys Random THoughts has a blogging scavenger hunt starting May 1st. Details and prizes were just announced..The more who participate the more fun we will have. Dont you want to join?

Bengbeng said...

jus lookg at the pic, i can feel the history wow

PastorMac's Ann said...

Wonderful choice for The Hunt. The museum sounds so nice.

Italy sounds lovely.

Lee said...

Gee! I've seen those steps in quite a few movies, jmb...."Roman Holiday" and "Three Coins in a Fountain" to mention only two.

ipanema said...

I love the secrets. :) I would love to join photo hunt but I'm in a very small country. My photos have my family in it which I can't show. Part of my semi- anon. status.

A. said...

Lovely photo! Not only does it fit with your Italian theme, but the book you mentioned earlier, "The Spiral Staircase", fits with the Photo Hunt theme!

I've never been to Rome but I would love to.

superkimbo said...

A great picture of the Spanish Steps - I've never seen them so empty! And, there's definitely nothing wrong with lots of posts about Italy :)

pat said...

Great photo - I loved Rome when I visited there.

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Weekend!

jenn in holland said...

Really lovely shot. And I love the information about Italy and the travel tips too!
Keep it up!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Stunning photo! I've always wanted to go to Italy so I don't mind of you blog about Italy. Thanks for all the info too. Very interesting!

Carol said...

I don't mind posts about Italy, either! Great photo!

Incog & Nito said...

Oh your posts are great. Great photo and thanks for sharing your story. Happy weekend.

Sue said...

I would love to learn more about Italy. This is a super photo for the theme! Have a great weekend!

Jamie said...

Now there's a coincidence for you. I blogged about Byron just a couple of days ago. Stop by if you get a chance to read it.

The Spanish Steps are wonderful and I am surprised at the emptiness.

eastcoastlife said...

oh lovely! Thanks for the tip.

letha said...

That's an amazing view. Thanks for the secret.

Sueczech said...

That's a wonderful photo! It is surprising that you caught the steps bare.. I know a lot of European cities have fabulous steps full of people :)
I (heart) Keats

guppyman said...

Well... Italy is one of the few places in Europe i would like to see someday, so no problem with the topic... Great shot!

Mama Duck said...

Awwww, I love it! Thank you for visiting us as well, hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Lisa - Lil Duck Duck

martie said...

I certainly don't mind your posts about Italy or elsewhere.....it's basically the only 'travelling' I can fit into my schedule anymore! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

Lynn said...

I love the picture! It seems a very nice place to visit!

Chen said...

Thanks for the photo. I would definitely love to visit Italy one of these days.

Barbara H. said...

I don't think I will ever get there, but I love the idea of visiting the Keats-Shelley House!

I can't imagine climbing all those steps to church. Great photo for today!

Autumn said...

That is very interesting thanks for sharing it and for the great photo

Nina Lumberio said...

Wow, Italy! I would love to see this country! When we went to Europe we skipped Italy because we didn't have enough time. But in our next trip, I'll make sure to go to Italy.

Cats ~ Goats ~ Quotes said...

Really nice photo for steps!
Happy Hunting :)

Lauren S. said...

Great photo. I have never been there, but I would love to go!

jmb said...

Hi Lee,
You sure have seen them in movies, they must be the best known steps anywhere. Well, I'll have to think about that. The theme sure sent me scrabbling through my old albums looking for a picture.
Regards
jmb

jmb said...

Hi Ipanema,

My husband and daughter are in that picture, way at the top on the right with their backs to the camera.
You'll have to start taking some photos for the hunt without your family. Be very creative with your connection, I'm surprised at some of the things people come up with.
regards
jmb

MCWC said...

Fantastic steps for sure! I really want to visit Europe... ah.

meeyauw said...

How could anyone mind? Wonderful photos and great commentary so that I learn a lot. That was a wonderful time you spent there.

mar said...

I love that place!!! we sat there for almost 2 hours one saturday afternoon in sept 2005 and watched people go by, Rome is such a fascinating city!
Great choice for the theme.

Angelika said...

Great picture! :-)

Jose said...

This picture reminds me of certain places in Mexico. I love the old picture effect projected on your post. Maybe one day I will visit Europe, but today it remains a dream.

peppylady said...

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I wonder how much cubic yards of cement they used to do all those steps.
Or should I be saying "Sure glad it isn't my aching back"

Claudecf said...

Just a wonderful photo!

Barbara said...

That's a lot of steps. I'll try to remember about KEat's house if I ever visit Italy.

Janice Thomson said...

I'm green with envy Jmb! How wonderful to have been able to spend time with the likes of Keats and company.
Your posts on Italy are marvelous as I have never been there so I eagerly eat it all up.
Now about those steps....puff...puff
:)

Mauigirl said...

We were in Rome in April of 2001 and stayed not far from the Spanish Steps. We went to the Shelley/Keats museum and it was fascinating!

Tara said...

Wow, those are a lot of steps! Very nice place, Mom would like to visit it some day.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Tara

jmb said...

Hi Janice,

My husband and daughter are huffing up those steps on the upper right hand side and since it was 23 years ago I just leaped right up after them.
Regards
jmb

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

Hope you don't mind but I've tagged you for a meme; details of which you can find out about if you visit my blog one more time. :)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Love all your Italy posts, jmb. That photo is very atmospheric.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's a beautiful picture. The place has a romantic aura. Thanks for sharing the lovely details about it. Thanks for visiting. Take care!

jmb said...

Hi WCLC,
Thanks for persevering to find the end to make a comment. The photos from that trip are slightly faded prints and scanned they look even more washed out. Still I have enjoyed looking through them and bringing back the memories of the trip.
regards
jmb

CelticSis said...

That's a great photo. You know, I considered a I had of the Spanish Steps too! (I have GOT to get back to Italy soon!) But I had to go with "gut instinct" ;) Awesome pic! Bene, muto bene!

George said...

Hi thanks for visiting me
Great write and photos. Hope to go there one dayh

Marcia said...

I love wide steps and to have them make an angled turn, all the better. Thanks for posting this one. Looks like a wonderful place to sit and talk or just watch the world.