Climbing to the top of St. Peter's Dome
The view from the top is really spectacular. The climb, however, seemed endless. Be prepared to go all the way to the top, because there is no turning back! My lttle seven-month month old baby meets another baby at the top of St. Peter's. We'll remember, but will she? We have the pics to prove it.
A Roman Cross-section
Walking around the smaller streets of the city center is really interesting. It's amazing all of the architectural history that can be squished in just a few yards of building! In this photo, you can see some remains of an ancient stone building or wall abutting some stucco, which then is next to a modern strip of sheet metal. The green motorcycle was probably the only one not buzzing around the city on this particular night - watch out.
The Drunken Ship - Campo De...
The Drunken Ship - Campo De Fiori Bar run by Americans
Not very typically Italian but it was really good fun on a Friday night when the local american community gather and partake of a few beers or so!! We made a few friends that night! They also have a DJ every night.
Exemplar of Roman cuisine
Sees off astounding competition for the accolade of our favourite restaurant in Rome. Just off the Trevi it is the closest with a quiet terrazza, because it is the only one of many on via in Arcione to have the terrace at the back , to the quiet Via Scuderie. Friendly staff (when they're not overly busy, which can happen!) I have indicated some prices from a receipt below ; there are also EU12 and EU15 two-course tourist menus misto di salumi Eu 5.50
stracetti EU 9
vitello al forno EU 7.50
zuppa di verdure Eu6.00
1 Litre house red EU 9.00
Fountain di Trevi by night
Di Trevi fountain is by far one of the most romantic sights in the world. Its mere size is overwhelming, as it takes up almost the whole area of the quare in which it is situated. It is built at the back wall of one of the four buldings surrounding the square. The dominating figure in the centre is the God of Ocean, sailing in a shell drawn by two seahorses - at least that's what I read in one of the guides. The scene is very dynamic and the water cascading from a myriad of layered pools adds drama to the scene. The whole structure becomes even more alive when the evening lights placed in the pools start to illuminate the fountain from the inside.
Getting to the fountain square if you don't know the city well is like a treasure hunt. We went there in the late evening of February, when it was already dark, following the signs and a few other tourists, who were heading in the same direction. As the fountain is surrounded by buildings , there's nothing to prepare you for the amazing sight, except perhaps for the commotion of the crowd which always surrounds the fountain. I've seen this beauty twice, and each time it was a moment of sheer pleasure. Of course I dropped a coin in the fountain to come back one day. Another interesting thing I read in connection with that custom is that the total worth of coins dropped in the fountain in high season is calculated at about $100 a week. They are collected with the use of magnets and are spent by the city council.