Photographer's Note

There is just so much to see in Rome, and this picture, taken from the top of St Peter's Basilica just gives a snapshot overview of what lies below.

I have tried to emphasise the symmetry of the square, which was very deliberately laid outin this way by Bernini in the 16th/17th century. The eliptical square is 240m wide, embraced on either side by the colonnades, consisting of 284 columns, each 13m high, arranged in frour rows. Watching over the square are the statues of 140 saints, created by Bernini's students. The obelisk in the centre was brought to Rome in 37 BC and was moved to its current position in 1586.

I was tempted to crop the horizon from this shot, but in the end decided to leave it in as I liked the hot air balloon.

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