P Navona - Fontana del Moro
This fountain, erected in 1574 during the reign of Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni, was completely restored in 1653 by Bernini. During the restoration of 1874 the four Tritons and the four masks were substituted with copies by Luigi Amici.
The central sculpture, designed by Bernini and carved by Giannantonio Mari in 1655, is mistakenly called "The Moor" due to its characteristic facial features but is really a muscular Triton who is riding a dolphin.
Pie di Marmo: Getting a Kick out of Rome
“It is certain that only being in Rome gives you an idea of what school this is. I really have to say that when we are born again our old ideas look like the shoes we wore when we were children.”
— Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) from “Viaggio in Italia”
As you walk the streets of Rome on your way to visit its world-famous sites your path will take you past countless offbeat antiquities. If you aren’t paying attention, or if you do not know where to look, you could easily miss these amusing treasures.
One such archeological find is tucked away on one of the city’s many narrow streets, paved with granite bricks, not cobble stones. It is a large marble foot wearing a sandal! It is thought that the foot is all that remains of a temple statue of an Egyptian god.
You can find it on Via del Pie di Marmo (Marble Foot Street) near to the church of the Dominican monks, Santa Maria sopra Minerva. The foot is at the corner of Via Santo Stefano del Cacco and Via Piè di Marmo
Via Piè di Marmo stands between Piazza Santa Caterina di Siena and Piazza della Minerva.
Metro Rail System - Transport Passes
The metro rail system is a very efficient way to get around Rome. There are various ticket types which should suit most people. Our first trip was to Circo Massino and we purchased a 75 minute ticket for 1 Euro, although the trip only took 5 minutes. Other tickets available were:
One Day Pass 4 Euro
One Week Pass 8 Euro
There is a gelato place on pretty much every street in Rome. Gelato is like ice cream, but better. I ate it every day in Rome (sometimes several times a day!), and tried all sorts of flavours. Aside from restaurants and bars that sell gelato, there were also vendors with gelato stands close to the tourist attractions
St Peter's on a Sunny Sunday
We went to St. Peter's Square on a sunny Sunday in October. So, unfortunately, did half of the population of Rome (not to mention the expected hordes of tourists). The square was packed and the line waiting to get into the Basilica was huge - a Bishop's Conference had ended that day. Check before you go whether any special events are going on as this may hamper your ability to enter St. Peter's. Also, the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays except for the last Sunday of the month.
Fortunately we were able to at least hear the Pope give his Sunday greeting and see him on closed circuit TV but our other plans were dashed because of the number of people.