roma, italia {part I}

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…i finished sorting through the rest of our photos from italy last night. 
so, you ready? because here we go!
rome, part I :: 
a few things worth noting: we ate the most delicious homemade pasta at da francesco’s (thank you for the rec, angie!we tried gelato on practically every corner but our favorite, hands down, had to be san crispino’s (thanks to a number of you from your recommendations here on the blog and on instagram!) and can we talk about the sistine chapel for a minute? because seriously, i don’t think i’ve ever seen something so beautiful. it blew my mind! thank you for that, michelangelo. we also went to church while we were in rome and while i was maybe bouncing a baby in the back the entire time, there is something pretty cool about finding members of your faith half way around the world and feeling like you’re home.  even if i couldn’t understand a word of what was being said (although josh did translate most of the meeting for me)…  rome, you’re pretty great. thanks for showing us a good time! 

ps. for those who have inquired on past italy posts, the beige hat i am wearing (and basically wore the entire trip) i found on GILT, the brand is hat attack. :)

*the photos i took at the sistine chapel have been removed from this post. i apologize to those they offended. 
  1. Is it wrong that the wall of nutella is what first caught my eye?

  2. I love to go to Rome, precious photos and Eleanor grows very fast!

  3. HayleyR

    Looks amazing! Xx

  4. Beautiful photographs! The sistine chapel is absolutely beautiful, I bet you had to be dragged out of it! I could have stayed all day x

  5. it's funny that you said something about finding members of your faith halfway around the world. my (catholic) friend said the same thing when she went to italy! she said it's amazing that mass is the same for catholics all over the world. it may be in a different language, but the songs are the same, the prayers are the same, the order of events are the same… she says it's comforting! although i follow no religion, i can see the joy this brings to those who do :)

  6. You are not supposed to take photos in the Sistine Chapel and it can actually damage the art to have flash photography, especially in high volume. As a Catholic, I find it disrespectful for you to post such photos.

  7. bella roma!
    i want to go again
    after seeing your wonderful pictures!

    little samson has a cute naughty look
    in fifth foto :))

    thank you for sharing your trip with us!

  8. kate

    Beautiful photos! We went to Rome on our honeymoon 6 years ago. Hopefully we can take our babies someday:)

  9. Rome has just moved up my list on places to visit. Lovely photos!

  10. al

    "no picture, no picture!" -Sistine chapel worker
    And everyone was like, yeahhh right

  11. Clio

    No sure why shinyshooes thinks it is offensive as a catholic for you to post those photos. It’s true you’re not allowed take photos (though I am secretly delighted that you did…I have yet to go to the sistene chapel and you seriously increased my desire to visit!)…and maybe as an artist (which I am) it might be somewhat offensive toward the work, but why comment on it here? It’s been done and there is no need to be rude about it. Thanks for posting your beautiful photos as always :)

  12. Holy gelato!

    Ahhhmazing Davis Family!! Can you top this adventure… not that we "collectively as a loving blogging family" are keeping tabs. But, seriously WHOA!

    I just feel my heart, myself, my being, and my soul wanting to dive into all of these gorgeous photographs. Maybe it's just the fact that it's rome-mantically Rome :)

    Thanks for sharing these divine portraits, especially to those of us who have such a longing to go!

  13. Leila

    wow, i love every detail in each photo.

  14. the picture of you and samson! its too wonderful. so glad you two had such a smashing time in italia.

  15. I love San Crispino! My husband and I went on an unofficial gelato tour of Rome and San Crispino won hands down–we went there three times in one day and then went back the next for more :)

    Sadly, they do not mail their gelato to the US (yes, I checked), but one of their competitors, Grom, opened a store in New York, near Columbus Circle. It's not quite San Crispino perfect but it's the closest thing I've found in NY to real Italian gelato.

  16. Mia

    Great shots, you captured Rome beautifully!

    How were you able to get so many shots of the Sistine Chapel? I was scolded even when I TRIED to reach for my camera in my bag ;)

  17. Kate

    Thanks for sharing :) You inspire me to get out and live a beautiful life. God bless.

  18. Becca

    Amazing, I want to go to Rome so much and your photos make my heart melt, it looks so beautiful! xxx

  19. hanner

    i don't think i've ever really seen the sistine chapel before other than parts of the paintings. that ceiling be crazy!

  20. I literally want to drop everything and get on a plane to Rome right now! Wow, what a place!!!!!

    Ergo – Blog

  21. You take such beautiful photos of your family! x

  22. I loooove gelato! There is a little shop back home in Arizona. I have decided that will be first stop when I go back to visit. Thanks for making me drool! Great pictures! What made you decide to go to Italy?

  23. Jessica

    Craving gelato right now! I loved Rome, but was a little intimidated by all the people. Florence was more my style.

    How did you get such great pictures of the Sistine Chapel without getting yelled at? When I tried to sneak a photo, they yelled at me and said no photos!

  24. Lejla

    I took a trip to Rome this February with my boyfriend. It was his birthday gift that I enjoyed as much as he did. Rome is wonderful, but your next family trip should be Paris! :)

    I have just started a travel blog, maybe it will inspire you to visit more places in Europe…



  25. Danielle

    Seeing the picture of you and Samson eating reminded me of how much I miss the soda and water in Europe! I'm not the biggest soda drinker but whenever I'm there I can't get enough of the Coca-Cola and Fanta. And the water made such a difference for my hair! Gorgeous family!

  26. It's offensive as a Catholic, Clio, because she is exhibiting disregard for art in a sacred place for people of my faith. Not only can it damage the art, as I mentioned, but the posting those photos is a double insult and flagrant boasting about taking the pictures. Also, it's a violation of law to take photos in there, there's an actual law based on a contractual agreement between the Vatican and the restorers of the Chapel in the 1980's prohibiting people from taking photos. So not only is it disrespectful, but it's illegal.

  27. rome is high up on our places-to-visit list. my hubby's been 3 times! 3!! he's spoiled.

    and yes, super cool finding some good ole mormons across the world, isn't it? i lived in china for 3 months, and managed to find them there too! although it's kept pretty top secret, as you can imagine ;) beautiful pics!

  28. Kate

    I've always felt like my Fiance and I have to go everywhere we want to go in the world before we have a baby. You've made me see that traveling with TWO babies IS possible.
    Thanks for that :)
    Kate at

  29. Oh my goodness these photos are absolutely incredible. What amazing memories your family now has!


  30. We were in Rome last May and I still haven't had a chance to sort through all our pictures. You've inspired me to get going on that ASAP :) Also, I love your ability to capture the details. I'm not sure I would've thought to take pictures of the nutella or the random baubles on the street but it really does paint a lovely picture.

    Thanks for sharing!

  31. What a treat to experience that with your family… Although I imagine it can be difficult with toddlers. I've heard that gelato works… lots of it… It comes with a sugar high but keeps them happy for sometime!

    dani //

  32. Cristina

    beautiful pictures!

  33. I think San Crispino is the gelateria from Eat Pray Love!!

  34. @shineyshooes, i am sorry i offended you so. for the record, i did not use flash photography to take the images (my flash was turned off). i am aware flash can cause harm. while i did see a sign that said no photos, i had no idea there was an actual law passed against taking photos in there as you said in your second comment. there were maybe 100 people around me taking photographs with guards walking by not enforcing anything so i figured 'eh. i'd love a photo.' i'm in the wrong, sure. and i'm sorry for offending you. but i didnt use flash so hopefully didn't cause damage.

  35. Beautiful photos!! I want that gelato RIGHT NOW! And your hair looks amazing lady, not to mention that beige hat is so bomb, I want that too. Haha!

  36. Reading about your Italian escapade fires up my desire to go there again. Four years ago me and my hubby exchanged our marriage vows in a wintery Rome and as a lovely reminiscence we welcome the taste of Italy every year with gelato and pasta dishes. x

  37. Briseidy

    amazing and beautiful! love to see other's people travel pics..thanks for sharing!

  38. OH my goodness!! I am so obsessed with all of these amazing photos!! I love the ones of your family, so bright and colorful!

  39. Stella

    Naomi, absolutely stunning photos as usual!

  40. Jess

    Great photos, I enjoy reading your posts! And I think congratulations is the right word for having such a nice trip with such little babies. =)

  41. Marsa

    your little boy is seriously the cutest!! he always has a curious look on his face :)

  42. Ana F.

    SO gorgeous!!!

  43. I would love to go to Rome! Great pictures.

  44. I Love Rome! It`s just one of the best city in the world!!

  45. I was able to visit Rome a few years ago and these pictures brought back so many memories. Thank you

  46. It's just amazing! Thank you for sharing your pictures. I love the ones of Eleanor with her sweet dad.

  47. wow, how did you get pics of the sistine chapel?! i saw them make a grown man cry for attempting it when we went!

  48. Mary E

    I was there in March and the guards were very strict then, but I had been there several years before are they were not. Sometimes they really don't enforce and if you don't use flash photography I don't see the issue. She didn't know that it wasn't a law, obviously. =) I got yelled at for taking a picture and accidentally leaving my flash on of the famous Lupa and Romulus and Remus at the Capitol Museums! I felt bad too. Beautiful pictures. I will be there next year for my honeymoon, hopefully!

  49. Lovely photos! I wish more "Italian Americans" would visit Italy and see how they really are. Or at least take a few Italian classes if they are going to claim their allegiance to that culture instead of American. In brighter news, nutella & gelato are international treats!

  50. Katie

    I think my favorite thing about this post is the little cans of good ol' Coca-Cola on your meal table! Hehe. Sometimes you just can't beat the comforts of home.

    As for camera (or dress code) enforcement, I found it to be haphazard and inconsistent during our time in Italy. We always complied with what was asked of us, though, and I'm sure you would've immediately put away your camera, should you have been asked. Perhaps they were more relaxed with it being so off season for tourists that it's almost anti-season? ;)

  51. Amanda

    So beautiful. Does the Coke taste different?? Those cans are so cute!

  52. Silvia

    It all looks so amazing & beautiful! Can't wait to see (and eat hihi) it myself one day.

  53. Kym

    These photos are INCREDIBLE! Just catching up on your blog – the photo of Eleanor with the small tree is just PRECIOUS! I'd love to see how you decorated it :) Happy Holidays to your beautiful family :)

  54. Beautiful photos! I just adore your family!

    XO Krystin

  55. Laurie

    Such gorgeous pictures! Looking through all of your photos from your trip to Italy reminds me of when I traveled to Italy in March of 2008. Such great memories! Glad you all had a great time!

  56. Aga

    Beautiful images! Very jealous about the Italian ice-cream I could eat some right now :) Glad you had nice time I love travelling with my daughter it's a whole new experience.

  57. I love that your husband wears tie and shirt on holiday! So stylish! And his jacket is very nice too, I have to get something similar for my hubby.

  58. You went to ITALY and you drank COKE? Wow. Just wow. Expletive deleted.
    Great pics otherwise.

  59. so you took pictures in the Sistine Chapel… when they specifically ask you not to.that's really respectful. and then you post them on your popular blog. brownie points = lost.

    wow. i have loved your blog and been a fan for so long. but this is a little disappointing.

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  61. These pictures are beautiful but ahh!!! Don't take photos of the Sistine Chapel…it seriously deteriorates them :(

  62. These are stunning. The pictures of the Sistine Chapel are amazing – I can't imagine viewing it in person.

  63. Flore

    how can you take pictures in the chapel ? and during the office ! it's forbidden with AND without the flash ! it's unbelievable and disrespectful !

  64. Loulou

    I love the picture of Eleanor sharing her cone. How cute is that? I have never been to Italy but it's on the top of the 'must do' list. It looks absolutely fabulous.


  65. So gorgeous! And omg I want some gelato right now! :)


  66. Rome truly has the best gelato ever. That is just one of the many reasons i would go back :)

  67. I Lelli

    it's wonderful see your family during holiday in our country. Beautiful pics!! Beautiful family!!

    xo from Italy, xo fro Lelli Family

  68. I love your sense of style and seeing it reflected in your little one's ensemble here. That striped dress/polka-dot tights/Converse trio is killing me. I LOVE IT! Still looking forward to your posts on traveling with the babies. Can't wait to get tips from you mater mama. :-)

  69. I can't believe your husband got to serve his mission in one of the most beautiful places in the world. These pictures are just breathtaking. My wanderlust is even worse now!! ;)
    xo TJ

  70. Gorgeous! Do you think it is time to change the heading to your Blog? There's no Samson and E is a lot bigger now!

  71. Danielle

    @Delfina von U.
    The Coca-Cola in Europe is sooo much better tasting that what is sold in the US. I don't blame them!

  72. So beautiful!
    When I went to Rome I was visiting a friend (a local) and I didn't even know we were in the Sistine Chapel until we were at the exit and I finally looked up. She was so used to the beauty of it that it wasn't a big deal at all to her. It was EVERYTHING to this California girl. I loved reliving it through your photos, Naomi!

  73. Great photos! And thanks for bringing me back there. Love that city.

  74. Victoria

    Such beautiful photos! You look stunning and so happy.

  75. RoselyC

    Such a dreamy place.

  76. Lola K

    That last photo is breathtaking! I didn't realise how beautiful Rome looked at night. Now I want to go!

  77. Rome, so lovely. The gelato looks delicious. It looks like you had such an amazing trip! I haven't been to Rome in ten years but this post makes me want to go back asap!

  78. Ann

    Wow, I'm awestruck at the beauty of the Sistine Chapel!

  79. t.

    these photos are making my homesickness even worse! and your photos of the sistine chapel are better than mine. (since they said no photos, my pic was taken on the sly.) :)

  80. t.

    as to shinyshooes' comment, i am a catholic and did not use flash. maybe why mine came out so blurry. ;)

  81. Kristen

    gorgeous, simply gorgeous! i was hoping you had more italia pics to post.

    can you tell us where you got the floral/poppy scarf you were wearing at the olive grove? pretty pretty please? :)

  82. Nawana

    Perhaps to a devout Catholic, sharing these photos is akin to taking photos at an open house in an LDS temple and sharing them. Just a thought!

  83. Kory

    These photos are absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to go back to Italy right this scound

  84. These photos are absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to go back to Italy right this scound

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  86. Ohhh my thoughts were with you all for Rome (especially with two littles!) and I can see the Roma exhaustion on your faces. Don't get me wrong, I loved so many things about the city but definitely don't miss the crowds and the scam-worthy prices for everything. But nothing a little…or a lot?… of gelato can't fix, right? ;)

  87. As a Catholic, I am not offended in the slightest of your photos of the Sistine Chapel. You didn't know about the laws, and removed the photos. They say not to take photos at the Met and I still do sometimes when I feel inspired. Honestly, people need to relax. You apologized! Your family is gorgeous and it's so fun to follow your family on your cute adventures. I never comment on blogs, but felt compelled to after reading some of your not so friendly comments from fellow Catholics! :)

  88. As usual, wonderful pics! You have a beautiful family.

    Also, I wanted to comment that I am a catholic too and didn't feel it was disrespectful to take pictures of the Sistine Chapel. I did it too when I was I there, and don't regret it. As you, I didn't use the flash, and the guards never told me anything. Also, I don't think people from other religions have been offended by my taking pictures of their beautiful places of worship.
    The funniest part is that I didn't get to see the pics since you had already removed them when I saw this… :( I would have liked to see them.

  89. Kelli

    First time commenting, but your photos and family are beautiful! I can't wait to visit Italy one day, and these photos just make me more excited.

    As a sidenote – I commend you for always being so diplomatic in response to others and their opinions on what you post here, and on instagram. I know *I* would struggle to have half as much patience and tact! It's admirable. :)

  90. Great news! Taking photos of the Sistine Chapel causes absolutely no damage whatsoever. The reason you are not allowed to take photos or video is because they sold the media rights to Nippon TV. Basically every photo taken means one less postcard sold and they lose money. Take all the pictures you want!

  91. PSchmalz

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  92. As a Catholic, you haven't offended me by taking a few harmless snaps inside the Sistine Chapel.

  93. Lori Ann

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  94. You are awesome…your little tykes are awesome…and your hubs seems to be pretty awesome too! That is all. :)

  95. I really don't understand why Catholics have been so offended…isn't our ultimate goal to love like Christ loved us? Naomi, you may have lost some readers who are offended, but you just made me a lifetime reader after seeing the grace and love of your comments to these people.

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  97. jo

    How fun! It looks like a beautiful place! I am happy for you to have been able to go!

  98. Kate

    I am a Catholic, and I am Italian. I am not outraged that you took photos of the Sistine Chapel but I am outraged at the way people have spoken to you on this comment thread. I took a photo at the Sistine Chapel and I defy anybody to not be tempted to do the same thing. Perhaps we should all worry more about our own actions and not be so quick to throw stones at others. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip to my country. Your family is beautiful.

  99. delaney

    after all these years i am still in love with your blog, naomi! i love getting to watch your beautiful family grow, and i love the opportunity you've given to all of us readers to see the world through your optimistic and positive perspective. you are inspiring in your diplomacy and grace with which you handle complete strangers' inappropriate judgements of you and your actions. we all know that actions speak louder than words, and everything you do is so clearly a declaration of happiness and gratitude, and a celebration of life. thank you for continuing to document this, and thank you for inviting us to follow along! regardless of belief, nationality, and anything that insecure people like to use as cause for judgement and criticism, you will always have my complete respect as a woman, mother, wife, sister, person of faith, blogger, dancer, etc – because everything you do is so thoughtful, full of love and care, and deserving of respect. kudos to you, and warm holiday wishes to the whole fam :)

  100. Marie

    Beautiful photos! Dun get too upset or worried abt the chapel photos, you can find them on the internet :/ Just saying…

  101. I love that you went to church in Italy. I too have worshipped in other countries and found it inspiring and beautiful to worship in other languages…even if I didn't understand a thing.

  102. As a conservator I must add that, in fact, photographs taken without flash do the same amount of damage as physically looking at a work of art – zero. We even use photography extensively to document any piece before, during and after intervention.

    As a Catholic, I am disappointed and ashamed of the unkind words used in this thread in the name of my church. I do not find it offensive to post such great pictures of an already well documented and publicized piece; especially when so many are inspired by them. Isn't that their purpose to begin with?

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us Naomi! Please don't let a few thoughtless words get you down. Rock on sista!

  103. city

    thanks for sharing.

  104. It seems difficult for many people on this blog to understand that "no photos" means "no pictures!" You all tried or what? When you visit a country, we respect the places and practices.
    It is not difficult to understand it seems …

  105. First of all, Naomi, your adventures with your beautiful family wherever they are, are simply amazing. For those 'Catholics' that said those unkind things, if you all cannot see that there is simply no malice in what Naomi did then you should think twice about saying something before saying it, especially in print. Clearly the beauty would've been amazing, it would've been hard not to take a photo and as soon as Naomi realised the unintended mistake she made, she quickly apologised and rectified it. Let's not be harsh here, this blog is filled with nothing but gorgeous storytelling and I am grateful to you Naomi for sharing it with the world. Keep the stories coming, I love them!

  106. The sistine chapel is absolutely beautiful!

  107. You made me miss my hometown, I should go back more often. Lovely pictures…

  108. Ditto Nautical.Nan and others…as a Catholic, I'm sorry that some would invoke our faith to chastise you. Since there is a rule we should probably follow it (though I was tempted when I was in Rome!), but shinyshooes' implication that it would be more offensive to a Catholic is, I think, untrue. A work of art that beautiful belongs to the whole world! Just wanted to send some Catholic love :).

  109. The Ls

    I pretty much second everything @delaney said above. I don't normally comment but wanted to add my enthusiasm to her comment, because one thing that would be awful is if Naomi got tired of the constant belligerent grumblings of judgemental people online & stopped blogging! She always handles these types of comments with such grace, it really is admirable. I just hope the haters don't ruin it for the rest of us who love to read her blog & hear all about how her lovely family are doing.
    Thanks Naomi for always being a beacon of kindness, grace & genuine goodness. :)

  110. We were just in Rome in June and my husband got thrown out of the Chapel for taking a sneaky picture with his iPhone! It was so annoying and so I'm so jealous you got pictures without being thrown out :) It is just awe-inspiring and your camera arm almost acts of its own accord, doesn't it? Laws be damned! I would hope that, if Michelangelo could speak to this issue now, he'd laugh and say his art was meant to inspire and be enjoyed in many forms, encouraging you to keep your harmless photo.

    I hope you treasure and enjoy them forever, along with your other great memories!

  111. Angie

    Sigh…. Your photos are so beautiful. I want to go back now! I'm so glad you liked Da Francesco!

  112. I love every single photo! What a dream vacation. Also, I can't get over Samson's teeny tiny hoodie. :)

  113. Gorgeous photos! I love Rome. I have been telling my husband I want to take him there for years – I'm sure once he sees the city, he'll admit that we should have gone years ago :-)

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful trip!

  114. I think the 'flashiness' of shinyshooes' shoes could be damaging to the artwork, too. Lighten up, chica. And I'm really sad I missed seeing the pics on your post!!! I do love the pics you have shared. E and Samson look so much alike and are both adorable. I was in Italy at the same time as you but further north in Venice, Verona, Milan, Lake Garda, etc. and it was freeeeeeezing so seeing you all without jackets really makes me jealous!

  115. Such lovely photos! Your family is so cute. I look forward to traveling with my kids… once I have them! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.

  116. i've sadly never been to the sistine chapel so have got no idea what it really looks like .. but your pictures are so gorgeous i thought they WERE the sistine chapel until i got to the bottom of your post and saw you had taken those pictures out!

    again, as others have said, i really admire your patience and tact in dealing with all the grumblers you sometimes get. i'm sure that if i were you i would have lost my temper and exploded by now!

  117. Oh all these Italy photos are good for the soul! Looks beautiful and brings back wonderful memories :)

  118. I absolutely love your blog! you are well-spoken and point out the bright side of life but with real tid-bits of real struggles in life that only make the good that much better in comparison to the bad. I admire your tact and respect you've shown to those who did not share your taste for diplomacy and friendly corresponding between people of different faiths. i have only grown to love your family and blog more after reading your response! thank you for sharing your love of art, beauty, and God! you are a true inspiration to those lucky enough to read your blog!

  119. You have the cutest little family ever! <3

  120. thanks for sharing :) as a fellow Utan from the SLC valley, you inspire me to go out there and do what i love, because its possible if you want it badly enough!
    (one day i'll live on the east coast :) )

  121. lovely pictures :)

    thanks for writing your blog!

  122. For what it's worth, I adore your blog, your family and ALL of your pictures. Like someone said above, my fondness of you has only grown because of the graceful way you've handled the people who WLLINGLY VISIT YOUR BLOG AT THEIR OWN FREE WILL, but feel the need to complain about things you've posted. Keep up the amazing work, Taza! P.S. your babies are BEAUTIFUL!

  123. As a Catholic, I am so pleased that you appreciated the beauty of one of our most famous places of worship and hopefully felt God's presence in the Church even though you are of a different faith. I too, like so many others, admire you grace and kindness. Keep spreading love :)

  124. I loved visiting Rome and so happy that you loved it as we'll. I went to the Sistine chapel and was able to take pictures inside as well. I am an artist and loved and cherished that place. I do not believe they were offensive to say the least. It's a wonderful place. You can't ruin something so beautiful by taking pictures I think even by taking pictures someone who hasn't been there can't experience the real joy of what it brings.

    Check out my travel blog when I went to Europe last summer.

  125. I loved visiting Rome and so happy that you loved it as we'll. I went to the Sistine chapel and was able to take pictures inside as well. I am an artist and loved and cherished that place. I do not believe they were offensive to say the least. It's a wonderful place. You can't ruin something so beautiful by taking pictures I think even by taking pictures someone who hasn't been there can't experience the real joy of what it brings.

    Check out my travel blog when I went to Europe last summer.

  126. hi,
    I'm from Poland. I love your blog, I have two kids, a boy (august 2010) and a girl (may 2012) so I like watching your photos :)
    One of the photos caught my attention especially. this one with the golden cross and the Bible. I have to ask you: did you heard about Neocatechumenale Iter?Pilgrims from all over the world who are on the N.I are coming to St. Peter's Basilica and sing Credo. It was happening when you were there. We did it last year (may 2011). I had to smile when I saw this picture!
    pardon my English ;-)

  127. one more thing!
    my dearest friends from my city were there this November and they sing Credo, maybe you saw them ;-)

  128. reney yo

    boy i wish i'd visit the blog earlier when the pictures of the sistine chapel was still up. i've never been to rome and i would've liked to see the photos.

    i don't know why it is offensive for people (who managed to sneak a photo or two) to publish the pictures. a great work of art is meant to be shared. and she did mention she didn't use flash, and the guards didn't stop her from taking pictures. yes, she was at fault for not following the rules, but hey, i'm sure we all have done it sometimes. so chill, people. no need to be rude. if you don't like what she's done then close your browser and go outside and play. I'm sure God would've liked you to see the beauty of HIS creation. :)

  129. Emma

    This is the third day in a row that I've come here to look at your Rome pictures…I can't get over the breathtaking beauty of Rome and the adorableness of your littles! I also have to add that the grace and kindness you've shown in response to the Sistine Chapel pictures is truly inspiring. As a Catholic, I'm embarrassed by the harshness and rude manner my fellow Catholics have used with you. You may technically be in the wrong, but you aren't the first to sneak pictures and you certainly won't be the last! I'm happy that you found such beauty in one of our most famous places of worship and I hope you enjoy the pictures you captured there for many years to come :)

  130. ok, I'm catholic but surely I'm going to take photos in Sistine Chapel. It's to beautiful, needs to be share with the world! that's why fellows we don't have too much followers nowadays in our churchs around the world. Tolerance. Respect. Sorry N. xo

  131. photos are lovely! brought back lots of memories.

    first time posting — you have a lot of grace dealing with rude people. way to go!

  132. rome is so beautiful!! thanks for sharing these with us <3

  133. Emma

    It is true you can't take photos of the Sistine Chapel because doing so is officially a copyright violation, but I would have thought it would be more offensive to have copyright placed on what is considered to be a sacred place. Slightly ironic to be complaining about sharing a few photos of a sacred place that is copyrighted.

  134. I'm Catholic and I don't think it's offensive to want to share a few pics of something so beautiful and significant. I went with a large (mainly Catholic) group through the Sistine Chapel, we all took photos without the flash and nobody complained.

  135. I'm Catholic and I don't think it's offensive to want to share a few pics of something so beautiful and significant. I went with a large (mainly Catholic) group through the Sistine Chapel, we all took photos without the flash and nobody complained.

  136. Stormy

    San Crispino has the came Banconi as your local, and favourite of course, Pitango!

  137. I visited Rome a few years ago and visited the Sistine Chapel, it was breathtaking and I'm sad to have missed your controversial picture. I studied History of Art and Architecture at university and covered the Sistine in depth, we looked at many slides and books etc. containing hundreds of pictures all taken with a flash. My bookcase contains a book about the Sistine, and yes the book contains many photos. I bought the book in the gift shop at the end of our tour of the museum and chapel. There were hundreds of tourist gifts featuring the Sistine. Do all of these things also offend the people who commented on your snapshot? Because it doesn't offend the people who make a large amount of money out of a 'sacred' work of art by stopping normal people from taking photo's in order to line their pockets. Maybe they should direct their anger at those sources who are distributing the Sistine images in their thousand every day of the week to tourists (a lot of them devout Catholics on pilgrimages).

    When I visited the Sistine there was a large group of tourists, one of which was a priest and he was taking pictures….

    I congratulate you for being so graceful in such harshly worded criticism, it is unnecessary for people to be so rude when this post was a lighthearted look at your holiday pictures.

  138. I love how no one complains about Kim Kardashians bare behind showing but everyone is DISRESPECTED by you posting a couple of photos of the sistine chapel. People are really crazy. As a catholic and as an artist I really do not mind you posting such great photos especially if you did not use a flash! I don't think you should be apologizing to anyone. If people don't like it they should not look at your blog. I was more disgusted by all the negative people leaving negative comments than the photos you posted.

  139. Tara

    Thank you for posting your beautiful photos of your family and travels. As a devout catholic, artist, and young mother of two myself, I love your blog and thank you for handling so many hateful words from other commentors with such grace. I am not offended in the least and assume you only meant to share the beauty you saw with so many others. I hope your trip was wonderful. God bless.