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Lighting up Rome!

I had an opportunity to travel to Italy – Rome and Florence – on a “Wellness Trip” with 6 other wonderful women.  With the exception of our transportation to and from the airports – we walked Rome and Florence.   What a fabulous experience – from the Roman ruins to the Vatican to the food markets in Rome, we walked and walked and walked!!!  And, then onto Florence – but more about that later next week.

Not surprisingly, I was very interested in seeing how the “lights of Rome” might be different from what we see here in Boston and the US.   So, on power walks through the city, I had time to peek into a number of small shops, and while we wined and dined on the most awesome Italian food, my eyes traveled to the lighting used to create the ambiance …which of course, made the food taste even better!

One of the things I observed was the large number of lamps and lighting fixtures made with glass – often Venetian glass….and frequently designed with vivid colors.  This chandelier graced the little restaurant in our hotel.

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Some of those vividly designed blown glass table lamps were dressed with perfectly sized and colored lampshades……

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And, speaking of lampshades, we found a little shop that created a number of whimsical lampshades such as this one for a table lamp,

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And these lampshades used as pendants……

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Pendants are one of the most popular types of lighting we found in Rome.  These pendants hung in a fabulous little restaurant near the Vatican that served the best pizza!!!

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After three days in Rome, we headed to the train station and onto Florence, or Firenze…. More about that next week!