Travel Pics Theme: R for Rome. Space Invaders

  The very word Graffiti comes from the Italian word for ‘scratchings’,  and there have been examples of graffito in Rome since the city’s earliest days. Which makes the discovery of Space Invaders graffiti on the Viale Vaticano somehow both heart-warming and hilarious. ‘Tags’ are everywhere in modern Rome – in fact, the Metro trains…

Travel Pics Theme: R for Rome. Swiss Guards

  I guess it’s somehow appropriate. The Vatican is not, strictly speaking, part of Rome (it is a separate city-state, an enclave inside Rome – and not part of the greater Italy that surrounds it). And so we shouldn’t be surprised that the ‘Armed Forces’ of the Vatican aren’t Italian. And aren’t in fact ‘Armed…