I spent a few days at the end of May in
Rome with the family. We don’t usually do cities but Rome was superb!! Over the two and a half days we were there we
walked about twenty miles seeing most of the attractions. As we had such a busy time fitting in all the
amazing things to see in Rome I didn’t have much time to do any birding. Despite this, we did see some good birds,
Blue Rock Thrush, Serin, Firecrest and Sardinian Warbler in the Roman Forum,
Hooded Crow, Yellow-Legged Gull, Ring-necked Parakeet and Italian Sparrow
everywhere, Monk Parakeet in the and Short-Toed
Treecreeper in Villa Borghese. Vatican
Italian Sparrow Villa Borghese
Sardinian Warbler Roman Forum
Yellow-Legged Gull Trevi Fountain
Hooded Crow Roman Forum
Short-Toed Treecreeper Villa Borghese
Coming from a part of
England with strong links to the
Emperor Hadrian it was amazing to see buildings that he rebuilt in 126AD and
are still standing today, like The Pantheon that originally dates back to the reign
of Augustus 27BC-14AD.
Unfortunately a few of the monuments had scaffolding on them including the Colosseum witch did spoil the effect a little bit, however I did manage to get photos with very little scaffolding showing.
Rome has to be one of the safest cities in Europe as there are police everywhere. I have never seen so many police as we saw in Rome and they are all armed.