Thursday, March 17, 2011

Buon Compleanno (Happy Birthday) Italia!

The sun broke through for a few minutes this morning. I used to opportunity to get in a work out and took my camera. I ran up to Gianicolo Hill, one of the highest hills in the city.

Nile Guide's Erica Firpo has written a great POST about the activities taking place in Rome to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Italy's unification.

Men in uniform getting ready.

Giuseppe Garibaldi keeping watch.

The cannons are ready.

Earlier this year, restorers were cleaning and repairing these statues.

Before the unveiling.

In Europe people don't really fly their flags all the time like we do in the States. It is unusual to see so many Tri-colore flags in the city.


gibber said...

Happy birthday Italy! How on earth do you run with a camera in tow? :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gibber - it's a small point and shoot Canon. Not heavy at all.

Gil said...

Beautiful pictures!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Oh you're making me nostalgic for Rome. I hope when they unveil those busts of famous people up there on the Gianicolo that they're all back in ship-shape. I loved taking that walk or the bus up to that piazza and seeing the little puppet show there.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

gil - grazie!!

ccl - yes, the statues are clean and have been repaired (the ones that needed it). They look fantastic.