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Stop! The Colosseum

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 | 5 comments

Did you really think I’d just take a normal photo of the Colosseum? What very often happens is that I set out to photograph something and then while on my way, find something completely different that captures my eye, which is what happened today after work. I was walk toward the Colosseum when the way these street signs were layered in front caught my attention. If you’ve been reading for awhile now, you might realize that I like the layering of old and new, which I think is an important theme for Rome. And of course, only here in Rome could you have a modern street sign just meters away from one of the most important monuments in the world.

By the way, does anyone else think it’s kind of funny that the sign says Stop? I mean, in Italian you don’t say “Stop” to someone. You say “Ferma” which means stop in Italian. How come the sign doesn’t say Ferma? Just wondering.

In other news, there was another aftershock here in Rome tonight. I would say at about 9:40 pm my house started shaking for a few seconds. Scary stuff. Let’s hope this stops soon!


  1. Most counties in Europe uses this sign. In Sweden it has been the norm for the last 30 years. What I remember from my visit to Colosseum was all the stray cats. Very scary with the aftershocks I imagine.

  2. Nice color contrast and sharpness of the signs against the out of focus Colosseum. The stop is probably for all the foreigners that actually dare to drive in Italy.

    The aftershocks must be really nerve wrecking.

  3. No aftershocks today (so far). Very happy about that.

    I think STOP signs are universal.

  4. Steffe and NYC – Yes, I suppose it’s a good universal sign, but Mario from Argentina ( actually sent me a photo and there the stop signs say Pare.

    Steffe – Stray casts huh? Yes I guess there are a lot…you get used to them I imagine. The aftershock was scary but that was at least the only one that I felt and it seems to have calmed down now.

    Snaps – Thank you for the compliment on the shot. Yes, I think it’s just easier to have something in English but it still makes you wonder, who sat down and decided that?

  5. Both are great although I prefer the 1st composition.

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