A Roman Holiday to the Eternal City

A Roman Holiday to the Eternal City

Anthony DeStefano's first trip to the Eternal City was as a journalist covering a conference at the Vatican, but on the last day of his trip, he found time for a whirlwind sight-seeing tour. Read Anthony's story.

  • Trevi Fountain

    The Trevi Fountain

    The legendary Trevi Fountain in Rome is usually mobbed by tourists, but Anthony was lucky enough to have it all to himself.

  • Palazzo Poli

    Palazzo Poli

    The backdrop for the fountain is the Palazzo Poli, which houses the National Institute for the Graphic Design.

  • Oceanus


    Sculptor Pietro Bracci's statue of Oceanus, the mythical god of oceans, was the final piece of the Trevi fountain, put in place in 1762.

  • Tiber River

    The Tiber River

    The Tiber, one of the sites Anthony visited during his tour of Rome and the primary watercourse of the city, is, at 252 miles long, the third-longest river in Italy.

  • Colosseum exterior

    The Colosseum

    Completed in 80 A.D., the Colosseum, one of the stops on Anthony's tour, was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire; it remains the largest amphitheatre in the world today.

  • Inside the Colosseum

    Inside the Colosseum

    It's estimated that the Colosseum, used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions and dramas, held up to 80,000 spectators.

  • Anthony DeStefano and the Pope

    Meeting the Pope

    Anthony gives Pope Francis a copy of his book, A Travel Guide to Life: Transforming Yourself from Head to Soul.


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