Back Streets of Rome

June 14, 2012

It’s always a joy to walk the back streets of Rome. Such wonderful walls! I wish I could email you the sweet smells of jasmine and pizza and fresh-baked bread that go along with these scenes…

Flower Truck in Trastevere, Rome; copyright Jann Huizenga

Roman license plate; copyright Jann  Huizenga

Waiter in Rome; copyright Jann Huizenga

Waitress in Rome with checked tablecloth; copyright Jann Huizenga

Trio of Young Romans; copyright Jann Huizenga

Roman Bakers Take a Break; copyright Jann Huizenga

Roman Man on Phone; copyright Jann Huizenga


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32 comments to Back Streets of Rome

  • Kerynne

    It’s not only the sweet smells of jasmine, pizza and bread but of that unmistakable scent of centuries old Rome … only in Rome … I wish we could bring that substance home in our bags as our nose has a memory and immediately takes us back there !

    • Jann

      How right you are, Kerynne! The smell of antique Rome. Not sure how to describe that exactly, but as you say it’s unmistakable and memorable. Welcome to the blog, and thanks for commenting!

  • Fantastic photos!! I love these images so much. 🙂 Makes me feel like I’m right there. 🙂

  • Yes Please deliver those flowers straight to my house!!!
    ciao lisa x

    • Jann

      Wouldn’t that be nice if we could have such a little truck pass by our house everyday…. Thanks for your comment, Lisa.

  • Nina

    Great pictures as always.

  • Charlie

    Hi Jann, love your photos but especially those with faces. Italians are so earthy looking. Now, get to the beach real soon and take some more speedo photos por favore…ha ha..C

    • Jann

      🙂 Ah, Charlie, I wonder where I got the nerve to take those speedo shots (much less post them), but I’ll see what I can do this summer!!!! I always appreciate your comments. Grazie mille!

  • Lovely photos, I really appreciate your sensibility! My only criticism is that you are a little too optimistic in your outlook (said by a grousing old contrarian!) and some of the things I deal with in Rome aren’t pretty! But who wants to publish photos of beggars and triple-parked cars? Ha! Love it, you are good.

    • Jann

      Sandra, my husband always says I’m overly optimistic! But believe it or not, I’m taking plenty of shots of the less savory aspects of Rome. Maybe I’ll do a blog with those photos, too. Luckily I’m not a journalist, so I don’t have to present a “balanced” view of things–I can just follow my heart and let journalists cover the bad news in Italy (earthquakes, economy, triple-parked cars, etc)!!

  • I’ve seen some great photos on your blog, jann, but these are beyond the Beyond! Just fabulous!!! And I am in love with that first image in particular. I haven’t had a hankering to visit Rome in particular, over other areas of Italy, but you have definitely inspired me to dream a new little dream of la bella Roma.

  • liz

    Oh how I miss Roma…I would spend about 3 weeks per year there while my son attended the American University of Rome. While on my visits we would spend hours walking those back streets. It has been few years since he
    graduated from there, and way to long since I’ve walked those streets.

    • Jann

      Liz–lucky you to have had a son in Rome. That must have been such a great excuse to get here… (And he must have had an incredible experience.) We are staying right across the street from there at the American Academy (my husband is a sculptor). The Gianicolo is a wonderful area, and so close to Trastevere, where I love to shoot.

  • Great, Sweet photos take me strolling all the streets of Rome again as if for the first time. Thanks so much, Jann!

  • Amazing! I would love to be there with you to finally meet face to face. I missed you by a couple of weeks. Your shots are powerful. Great stuff.

  • Jann, I love the peek you’ve given us into life in Rome! How utterly wonderful to roam these streets! The people are so typically Italian! I can see the many emotions on the faces of those pictured here and the colors are so amazing! A friend just returned from Rome and told me he was very disappointed with the amount of graffiti that filled every available surface of the city. Have you witnessed this? Thank you for these lovely photos, lady. They’ve made stimulated my senses! 🙂

    • Jann

      Bella, graffiti is all over Rome, and some of us believe it adds to her charm! Graffiti was invented here, and even Pompeii 2,000 years ago was covered in it! (The authorities here do keep repainting walls, trying to keep it to a minimum. For instance I just walked by the wall where the guy was shouting into his cell phone, and that “Keep calm” graffiti is now gone. But something else will pop up, I’m sure.)

  • ~~~Oooo, Jann,
    no need to email us the scents of Italy. I smell them already inside the colors.
    Love love love your photos.
    I also love how your camera continually gravitates towards the beauiful Italian men. Oh La La
    I adore the last photo with the the lovely man on his cell phone. He must be having an argument w/ his girlfriend. Perhaps he is now free to date me! Haaa.
    Thank you, Dear, for bringing your readers to Rome. Xxxx It thrills me to be there w/ you.

  • Gian Banchero

    Wow, what great photos, all museum quality!!!… You DID bring to us the scents and sights of la bella Roma. The photo of the three young men is worth framing, I can hear the snap of the girl spreading out the tablecloth and I’m in want of covering my ears as the frustrated fellow is seemingly yelling into his cell phone (ha, on the wall behind him is written “KEEP CALM”). For the poor souls who’ve never been to Italy (or Sicily) you always present the true picture of what the uninitiated suspect and hope for when they set foot on “The Boot”. I remember not believing the wonderful street theater encountered in Italy during my first visit to Italy in 1970, how much I MISS it here in the States… Grazie, grazie, grazie!!!!
    P.S. At the moment I’m making my Sicilian grandmother’s Pasta con Amenda (pasta with mint from Balestrate), in the Sicilian kitchen many times mint (spearmint in this case) can be used in place of basil, buona.

    • Jann

      Oh, you’re too sweet, Gian! You are so right that the street theater in this country is amazing–something so missed when you return to the US. Yum yum re the pasta with mint!!!

  • Nancy Hersch

    Love walking the back streets too but be sure to have a map with you. We got turned around and it took us awhile to finally get to a spot we recognized.

  • Lisa

    love it…..I can sense all the scents and the energy thru your photos! Thank you!

  • What an amazing selection Jann. Super brava! It’s definitely the little things that make Italy for me and you capture that perfectly. I love the targa shot. But the three ragazzi reading the paper is a classic… Beautiful work!!!! Bacioni. Jxxxx

    • Jann

      Yes, Janine–I’m with you–it’s the little things I love here, even more than the great big splendid masterpieces of art and architecture! Baconi back to you.

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