Storm Clouds over Piazza San Pietro

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I visited Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City on a late Tuesday afternoon in May. The area near St. Peter’s Basilica was cleared of people as they prepared seating for the Wednesday morning mass.  Rain had cleared many of the visitors from the area, providing a rare moment where the square seemed free of people. Piazza San Pietro is an immense space, and as with all Vatican architecture, leverages techniques to give the maximum aesthetic […]

Constantine’s Triumphal Arch

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Emperor Constantine was one of the last great leaders of the Roman Empire. His triumphal arch here is situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill (in the foreground). The Palatine Hill is the historic birthplace of Rome, and was home to the palaces of the great families and emperors of the Roman empire including the massive Flavian palace and the more modest home of Caesar Augustus.