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Spanish Steps – Arriving in Rome…

by on Jan.19, 2018, under Life, Photography

We’d arrived in Rome late in the afternoon on a drizzling raining day. We were to be staying right near the famous Spanish Steps in the heart of the shopping district in the city. Although to be fair essentially the entire inner city area of Rome is one giant shopping district with stores and restaurants open all day and night.

We had a fixed price car pre-booked to drive us to our accommodation which was good because he gave us a bit of a guided tour on the way in and drove via a number of the major sights.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 3600

The roads and streets are BUSY here in Rome. You’d think this packed throng is on a pedestrian only street but all these streets are for vehicles as well. They simply just slowly beep and barge their way through the crowds. I really am surprised people aren’t just run down here in Rome.

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

NIKON D750 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28 mm, 1/30 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1600

All the streets here in the heart of Rome basically stay this way each day we were here from around midday through to 8PM or later at night. It appears to be a mixture of tourists, shoppers and locals which pack all the streets.

I had to wait till later at night to go out with my tripod and take some shots sans the insane crowds.

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 16 mm, 1/1 sec at f/8, ISO 100

Our three bedroom apartment up on the third floor of our building was literally less than 100m from the Spanish steps.

Christmas in Rome

Christmas in Rome

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1/2 sec at f/8, ISO 100

and if you are patient and wait a really long time you can get the street almost empty of people and cars :).

Via del Babuino

Via del Babuino

NIKON D750 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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