Today I just spend few post meridian hours in my new Home town, Rome … just to clear my curiosity of one of the most amazing place of the entire world…. Sure I have to back as it is HUGE place to cover…
Ok the story so far ….
Piazza San Pietro ( Saint Peter Square ) is an elliptical shape square (320meters long x 240meters wide) where eyes turning around and around without any terms of confusion. Standing in the middle, in front of me the incredible Saint Peter Basilica, the stunning Michelangelo Cupola and the huge Obelisk not really placed in centre of the square –that 25 meters High obelisk was moved from Egypt to Rome in the 1st century (37AD … crazy old one…) but placed there only on the latest 1580 about from Pope Sixtus V where, as the Catholic practice wants, is the right place where Peter was crucified upside down and where at the top there’s a reliquary with the True Cross, placed by Constantine reckon as the first catholic roman Emperor – well he actually was baptized 5 minutes before death ... but ok this is another story….
So just turning around again and I feel embraced from 284 columns displaced in 4 rows …. 88 pillars and 140 Statue on the top, reason why mr Gian Lorenzo Bernini, thanks to his “sponsor” Pope Alexander VII in the year 1656, started that project with a crazy trapezoidal shape as base of his study and takes 11 years to project and complete that parallel universe. It is a Masterpiece of Italian Barocco style.
I’m pretty sure that mr Bernini in that age thought about the street photographers … as that place is the mother of dynamism between shadows and light as learned in renaissance … marble reflections, rhythm of the columns, colours that changing in every moment of the day depending where you are… and tons of tourists coming from everywhere, locals, homeless, vendors, foodtrucks … making photos, some of them are hanging around and having fun with the most crazy poses … many of them in holy silence making the line order to enter inside the St. Peter Basilic with the most colourful and ugliest umbrellas and hats and taking part of the scene !
My advises are:
- drink … the sun is a bastard there. There’s plenty water spillers anyhow
- no tripod – but no street photographer uses tripod right? It is forbidden.
- Keep always a ID card with you. That place is the Mother of Christianity so controls form police are every … 10 minutes! So don’t be mad and show you ID every time they ask for it
- Act like a tourist, feel comfortable, smile … you are in Rome isn’t?
- Street vendors …. Usually they does not want to be photograph, same as for the homeless.
- This is a holy and historical place… so respect it as your home.
- Call me in case of problem … in 20 minutes I’m there
Glad to post some photos taken in a couple of hours around and inside the square, but of course I will back there ….
So, enjoy and follow us at Progressive!