On the Aventino hill
March 10, 2011
I wanted to take a few pictures at night of the “giardino degli aranci” (the garden of the oranges) which is located on the top of the Aventino, one of Rome’s seven hills. I thought it was going to be open in the evening like last year when Pope Benedict XVI came for the Ash Wednesday service in Santa Sabina basilica near the garden. Unfortunately, this year, despite the visit of the Pope in the afternoon, it was closed. I could only take a very simple large shot from the street and one of the garden’s outside wall with a blue line made by the light of a scooter that passed by during the long exposure. Then I went to the end of the street on the “Piazza dei Cavalieri” designed by Giambattista Piranesi at the end of the 18th century and had a chat with the soldiers who patrol around the embassy of Egypt.