Skip to main content

Not Only Ruins & Relics- Part 1

I'm ashamed to say this, really it pains me, but I've lived in Italy 3 years and have just recently made it to Rome. I also haven't been to Milan yet but that trip is on the calendar. All of this anticipation had been building up inside me for an eternity which I believe made the trip even better because I was a spectrum beyond excitement. We had a wonderful trip and everything about it was perfect. Show and tell time, hope you can experience the excitement on your personal guide through Rome. :-)
PS- Be ready to look at pictures, lots of pictures.


Rome, along with the rest of Italy, is filled with the most beautiful churches that you will ever lay eyes on. One of my favorites is the Santa Maria degli Angeli. The church was designed by Michelangelo and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the angels, and the Christians that died while building the baths. You can brush up on the history HERE

Walked in, looked up, this is what I saw. How gorgeous is the coloring?

Main Alter

Architecture surrounding the ceilings

The biggest organ I've ever seen!

Ceiling above the main alter
To lie or not to lie...that is the question! The Bocca della Verita, mouth of truth, has an interesting funny story behind it. Legend has it that if a liar puts a hand in the mouth, the mouth will clamp down and never return the hand. 

Way back when, a head honcho man knew his wife was cheating on him, so he took her to the Bocca della Verita to test her truths. The wife outsmarted the husband, as women usually do, and revised her own pretty genius plan. She had her lover run up to her in the middle of the crowd, grab her, and kiss her. He's escorted away by guards yada yada yada. Before placing her hand in the mouth she says "I have never kissed any man besides my husband and of course the crazy man that just kissed me." GENIUS when you really think about it. 

It's now said that since the mouth was "tricked" that it no longer holds the power to determine between a liar and an honest person. I still have my hand and so does everyone else so you be the judge. 

I wonder if everyone gets that quick spark of nervous energy when they stick their hand in?

I'm pretty certain that "domes" became my obsession in Rome. I man c'mon really, who and why thought to build such beautiful things and put them on the ceiling? 

Angels everywhere

This is extremely impressive and the picture doesn't do it justice

Broader view of the 1st dome

Keep lookin' out for round 2 of the Rome trip. 

Small street way in Rome
 

Comments

Post a Comment

Thanks for the comment, I read each one. Don't forget to subscribe to Polka Dot Life!

Popular posts from this blog

E.L.F. Cosmetic Brushes...Fave or Fail?

Admittedly I've been using the same Mary Kay makeup brushes for a while now, along with a few other random brands thrown in. I was just satisfied with my MK brushes because they washed well and have help up for a really long time. But it was definitely time for a whole new set and I had trouble making up my mind on which makeup brushes to try. At first my plan was to snag a few from different companies to see what I liked best, but then E.L.F. Cosmetics had a 50% off sale with free shipping over $35. Naturally I had to give it a shot since I was getting so much bang for my buck. I already knew that I wasn't too fond of their cheaper $1 brushes so I opted for the Studio Line which ranges from $3-$10 and I'd heard great reviews. All together I got 15 brushes (1 didn't make it to the picture) for only $37, definitely a steal! Keep reading to find out if it was worth it. 
















 I am extremely pleased with these E.L.F makeup brushes. The only one that I'm not too fond of woul…

IPSY: December Glam Bag Review

I will be reviewing the products I received in my December Ipsy bag since I've had the chance to test them out for about a month now. If you don't know already here's the spill. Instead of doing an "unboxing" type of post, I review the products over the course of a month and then let you know what I thought and all the product details. If you didn't see my November bag review you can check it out HERE.

   This post is a bit late, but we'll be getting back on track for February.
   Here's what I received in my December Ipsy Bag...



1). December's Glam Bag- Not going to lie, this month's bag was a disappointment for sure; it felt cheap, was flimsy, and the zipper was in a weird spot. I will probably end up giving it to my daughter to keep her play makeup in.

2). NYX Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet- Retails for $4.00 (this is the full size)
   I'm not a big tinted lip balm fan, I'd rather just wear a lipstick. This is the first NYX balm I…

Gracelynn Rose Designs & GIVEAWAY

Today I'm very excited to introduce everyone to Gracelynn Rose Designs! The owner, Stephanie, is one of my closest and dearest friends that I consider more of a sister. The first time we met it was instant friendship, now we've known each other for 5 years. Even though we're currently thousands of miles apart it's as if we never left.


Stephanie has been designing her own jewelry since 2001 and selling it to customers along with a few stores. Each design is her own, delicately handcrafted, and unique. She did an entire jewelry line based on Twilight (which of course I loved every piece) that was so beautiful AND she sold a line of pearl & crystal bracelets to David's Bridal and those were stunning.

For my birthday Stephanie sent me a pair of earrings in the mail and I fell in love with them and wear them every chance I get. Might I add that they are 1 of a kind, not another pair like them...



It's obvious that my girl is super talented and I'm so proud of h…