Wednesday 30 July 2014

Roaming Roma: Siteseeing - Day 1

Yes, the misspelling in this post's title is intentional,
and you'll see why later.

First ever trip to Rome.....what to see?
We wanted to see the famous sites, but
we didn't want to 'do' in we didn't 
want to queue for hours to wander round with the hordes. 
When in Rome, do things your own way........
so we did!

We'd arranged to meet up with Maria at 7 pm on 
the first evening, so we had a few hours to kill beforehand.
Unpacked & having had a cup of tea (being English we do,
of course, take our own teabags with us when we go away),
we set off 'a piedi', armed with a map from the front desk.....
first port of call, Piazza Barberini & Fontana del Tritone;
not as famous as the Trevi Fountain, but at least it
wasn't mostly hidden by scaffold AND it had water in it......

Bernini's Fontana del Tritone
On the way to Piazza Barberini, we found ourselves in
Piazza San Bernardo, which is home to
Fontana dell'Acqua Felice, the 
terminus of the Acqua Felice aqueduct restored by Pope Sixtus V.
Again, nowhere near as impressive as the Trevi Fountain,
but an important part of Rome's medieval history.

Fontana dell'Acqua Felice
Walking back to the hotel, we passed the Teatro dell'Opera - this 
fast became our 'landmark' for knowing we were heading
the right way back. One of the stage doors was open, so I 
cheekily popped inside, camera in hand &
grabbed a few shots

before heading round to the front of the building for this pic...

Then our evening meet up with Maria gave us our 
first glimpse of the dome of St Peters, as we stood on
Ponte Mazzini at sunset

First sighting of  La Basilica di San Pietro

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