Marcus Travel Journal

2024 - Rome

Rome - Piazza Mattei

Teatro Marcello


Returning to Rome


Rome is a city that stays with you. A city of endless history, beautiful architecture and people who live their passion for their country. We keep returning to Rome to not only see the many sights, to be part of life in the city. Some ask, why go to Rome again? As regular visitors to the city our visits are more relaxed than for someone who visits the city for the first time. First visits can be hectic. Trying to see many sights within a limited time frame.

Because of our many visits to Rome, our days have a relaxed feel. There is no oppresive schedule to maintain. We see what we want to see on a particular day and enjoy being there.

A number of years ago we changed from staying in hotels to staying for a week each time and renting an apartment. With an apartment, while still tourists, we live less like a tourist. We shop for food, cook our meals and enjoy time in our homes in addition to having outings to see desired sites.

As a seasoned traveller to Rome, I will be seeking out areas that, for some reason, I have not seen before or areas to revisit.

  • Basilica di San Clemente: This church is a fascinating archaeological layer cake, with a 12th-century basilica built on top of a 4th-century church, which is built on top of a 2nd-century Roman house and a 1st-century Mithraic temple. It offers a unique glimpse into Rome's layered history.

  • Villa Doria Pamphili: Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some time in Rome's largest public park. Villa Doria Pamphili offers vast green spaces, manicured gardens, and serene walking paths perfect for a leisurely afternoon.

  • Ostia Antica: It has been many years since I have been to Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port city. I may make a day trip to this location. This well-preserved archaeological site provides insight into daily life in ancient Rome, with its ruins of streets, houses, temples, and baths.

  • Mercato di Testaccio: Experience the local culture at Testaccio Market, where you can sample fresh produce, cheeses, meats, and street food. It's a great place to immerse yourself in Roman daily life and taste authentic flavors.





Rome was very crowded with tourists. When you want to get away from the crowds, take a walk along the various Lungoteveres (italian for waterfront). These are streets that run along the Tiber River. Massive retaining walls (muraglioni) were built to protect the city from flooding of the river. It was a major construction endeavour. Parts of communities were unfortunately destroying in the process. The river flows well below street level, but there are numerous stairs down to the walkways along the river. Great for walks in the daytime. Use caution in the evenings.


Rome - Loft Apartment

This year we will be staying in the Trastevere area of Rome. 


 Pen Stores

Via Gallia, 101a
00183 Roma Italy 

00192 Roma Italy

Via San Marcello, 21/22
00187 Roma Italy 

Altemps Palazzo

Palazzo Altemps, Rome

The Altemps Palace, open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 7 pm, has a collection of antiquities of Greek and Roman sculptures that were owned by Roman nobility in the 16th and 17th centuries. These were in the collections of Cardinal Markus Sitticus (no relation however the spelling of our name was originally Markus). Some were also later purchased from noble families in the 1900s.

Via Carlo Poma, 2, Rome

Colossol Constantine

Roman Emperor Constantine commissioned this statue for himself after 312 AD. It has been rebuilt, using 3D technology from scans of the nine giant original marble body parts that remained. The reconstructed statue is just around the corner from the museum courtyard where the original fragments of Constantine’s giant feet, hands and head are prime tourist attractions. The replica was made by the Factum Foundation, a Madrid-based nonprofit that creates high-resolution digital replicas of the world’s cultural patrimony. The statue itself is made from resin, polyurethane and marble powder for the body, and gold leaf and plaster for the gilded tunic that drapes over it. It currently stnds in a garden behind the Capitoline Museum, and should be there for the Jubilee Year of 2025.

Some of the fragments of the Constantine statued used to creaste the new replica