Cityscape of Rome and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican at Dusk

Cityscape of Rome and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican at Dusk

This is another one of those peculiar photos where you capture two countries in one frame or when you stand in one country and photograph a location in another. Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the world and it is an enclave within the city of Rome. Nevertheless, it is a separate country. […]

Panorama of the old part of Rome, as seen from the Vatican

Panorama of the Old Part of Rome, as Seen from the Vatican

Rome is sometimes called “a capital of two states”, due to the fact that Vatican City is an independent state, completely within the city boundaries of Rome. Vatican is the smallest country in the world by both area and population but it is an independent state nevertheless. I took this photo from the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City but Vatican City doesn’t appear in this picture at all.

Trajan's Column and the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum in Rome, Italy

Trajan's Column and the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan's Forum in Rome, Italy

Trajan’s Column in Rome, in Italian known as Colonna Traiana, is a Roman triumphal column in Trajan’s Forum, not far from the Colosseum. It was built in honour of the emperor Trajan and his military victories. The construction was completed in AD 113, which means the column was 1898 years old when I took this photo. That’s quite old, isn’t it?