Sunday in Rome
Sunday is one lazy and relaxing day in Rome. Even the traffic seems to calm down.
Even though it's not what it once has, Italians and Romans in particular remains pretty religeous and, to my surprise, my neighbourhood church had 2 services on Sunday morning and it was PACKED. Funny detail, the first stop on the way back home from the mass for a lot of parishoners was... the next door bar ;o) for a little "aperitivo". I also indulged and loved to the bar when it gets lively with older gentlemen having a sambuca or a martini rosso (the real drink, not the cocktails), kids on their Sunday best enjoying a soda or a hot chocolate... Then, everybody's off for lunch, usually a family affair on Sunday and everybody gathers at the grandparents to have a 4 course home-cooked meal (antipasto, mostly cold cuts and cheese, pasta, main and dessert). In the afternoon, if it's football season, most of the family will be glued to the TV to watch a football game (I would hear my neighbours scream about the feats of AS Roma or Lazio di Roma, the 2 Romans teams). In the evening, a "before dinner" passegiata is often recommended. The passegiata (simply taking a walk) is a big social affair. In my street, you would find lots of people on their porch or in front of their houses, people stops and chat, enquire about each other and each others family... Maybe a stop for a little limoncello at the next door bar before going back for a small dinner... Or maybe enjoy Rome at night.
Quattro Fontane - The Four Fountains
I've been wanting to photograph these four fountains for over a year and they were so dirty you couldn't see any detail. Well, it was worth the wait - here they are, clean and leisurely lounging at one of Rome's busiest intersections. You could really become a statistic trying to photography these guys from the street!
I pass them often as I walk from the top of Piazza Spagna at Trinia dei Monti to Santa Maria Maggiore and am just delighted today (August 27, 2006) to see them looking so spiffy - they even all look so much more pleased with themselves.
These Four Fountains represent the rivers Arno and Tiber and the Goddesses Juno and Diana:
Photo 1. River ARNO
Photo 2. Goddess JUNO
Photo 3. River TIBER
Photo 4. Goddess DIANA
Arno graces the complex facade of Borromini's Church San Carlo - dubbed San Carlino since they say the entire church is no larger than a pillar in Saint Peter's. The upper part was built after Borromini had already died.
Underneath the Eternal City
Though Rome only has two subway lines (crisscrossing at Termini train station), the lines generally run fairly close to the main attractions. For example, the Colosseo station sits across the street from the arena. The Spagna station requires a short march of a few hundred feet to the Spanish Steps, but the Ottaviano station (nearest to St Peter's) enforces a hike of several city blocks. Tickets (again paid receipts for everything!) must be validated before taking the trains. The average Italian's contempt for such paperwork can be seen in the heaps of confetti throughout the city, primarily stacked between the subway tracks themselves.
Quite good pasta
We had ate allmost nothing at our first day,and after many hours of sightseeing we got quite hungry.So we stopped at the first place,they served pasta Aglio e olio wich I love.This place had quite good,not the best but good enough! Spagetti aglio e olio
This goes without saying...
The coliseum is a must and I doubt any traveler would go to Rome and miss this incredible sight. The first time I was in Rome, I was pulling my suitcase behind me, in the rainy night, weary from travel, when my friend said "uh, Les...look" and I looked to my right and there it was. I quickly forgot how tired and wet I was.