In Trastevere, on a very quiet side street that doesn't get much traffic, there's a very rusty, battered metal gate. If you peek through the keyhole (or one of the other holes punched right through the metal), there's a fantastic view of this villa at the top of the Gianicolo hill. ⠀ The keyhole in the gate near the Giardino degli Aranci might be the one with the famous view, but I think I actually prefer this version (and there's not constantly a long line of tourists waiting for their chance to take a peek!).
I love the way Rome feels in the weeks leading up to Christmas. There's something so cozy about seeing streets draped with lights (even when they're turned off during the day), doorways outlined in garland and trees in some of the piazzas… And grey skies or not, Rome's warm-coloured buildings always add to the atmosphere.
It may be a seriously grey-skied, intensely windy Monday, but scenes like this never fail to add a pop of much-needed, cheerful colour into my day.
An urban jungle... or just another front door in Rome.
Just down the road from Rome's famous Giardino degli Aranci (orange garden), there's another, less famous garden – it also happens to have orange trees and a fantastic view over the city, but it's never anywhere near as crowded as the actual orange garden, which gets especially busy around sunset. The Giardino degli Aranci is still one of my favourite places in Rome, but sometimes it's nice to be able to take in a view of the city along with a bit of solitude, right?
I'm convinced that Rome's colours – the pastel buildings, the vines, even when they're getting ready to shed their leaves for the winter, and of course the way the light hits it all – turn the most ordinary street corners into stop-and-grab-the-camera moments.