After two weeks in Italy I decided that I needed to do some exploring. Not just to the small towns nearby but to Rome, Florence and Venice. Lucky enough for me getting around is much easier there. They have a great train system which is very easy to navigate. So week three I was driven to Rome, took the train to Florence, then train and water taxi to Venice. Back to water taxi and bus to airplane to London. Needless to say it was a long week of lots of travel. I did get to see three amazing places I would not have without said travel. Each place is so very different in each way and really needs there own posts. So here goes Roma!
To be honest, I was not super interested in going to Rome and have not a single good reason why. Now I can’t believe I wasn’t interested! What an incredibly beautiful city. It is very walkable and big without being huge. Not to mention how historic it is and feels. Being in Rome you have to do touristy things and thats really where the crowds are but they can be easily avoided. Our two day adventure in Rome was not nearly long enough but at least it is a good jumping off point for next time. Because yes, there will be a next time.
Since my first art history class I have always had a love and curiosity for the Pantheon. For some reason it has been a building that has stuck in my brain for years so it was top of my list to see while in Rome.
The facade of the Pantheon.
What an incredible building. Set in a small square it is now closely surrounded by homes, shops, and restaurants.
Side view. I took some photos of the oculus that were ok. There were so many people crammed inside it was hard to get good shots. Here is one that will do.
The next place that blew me away was the Trevi Fountain. I had seen it in my art history classes but small photos do not do this place justice. Like the Pantheon, it is now tightly surrounded by buildings on all sides. I actually just read that due to the cold winter weather they have had in recent years it is starting to crumble. It really is a spectacular piece to look at. After trying my hand at stone carving it truly is a joy to see works like these. Lets just say that my stone carved piece was not nearly as impressive!
From ground level. I threw in a euro for good measure.
You can see a little how close the other buildings are.
Our short tour of Rome also included the Spanish Steps as well as the Vatican. There was also lots of eating and wandering through the streets of Rome. I’ll see you again soon Roma.