Friday- the first order of the day after breakfast was to sight see in the amazing city of Rome. We had a lot to see, so we needed all the energy we could get (and we got many carbs with our breakfast full of bread…). On my first trip to Rome with Josh in 2006 we only spent two days in the city and saw the big things (St Peters Basilica, Colosseum and Roman Forum) so we were excited to see some new and historical places. The B&B host was telling us about a great park that overlooks the city (Villa Borghese). He said we could take a train to the park and then walk down to the Spanish steps and the fantastic shopping area. So, this is what we did!
|Sphinx in the Piazza del Popolo|
Outside of the train station before entering the park was a huge square called Piazza del Popolo with two churches and a huge obelisk. One of the churches, Santa Maria del Popolo, was a stop that morning. This church is famous for its appearance in Dan Brown’s “Angels and Demons”. The church has a chapel commissioned by the banker Agostini Chigi that was part of a scene in the book (and the movie). The chapel was designed by Michelangelo and finished by Bernini. The dome in the church was painted by Raphael’s “Creation of the World”. It still amazes me every time I see a Catholic church! The amount of time and money that went into building these amazing places of worship is hard for me to wrap my head around. The fact that the church had that much money blows my mind. It’s also sad to think that this kind of art is not something that people think to build today.
|at Ferragamo with our shoes!|
|my new shoes!|
|at the Trevi Fountain|
Man, just thinking about everything we did that day I am exhausted! We went back to the B&B and got some much needed sleep that night! The next day was going to be another big day of sightseeing and our last full day in the city.
Up next: Sistine Chapel and the Vatican!
Interesting Fact: The Pantheon has and opening at the top of the dome, called an oculus. Since the air pressure inside of the Pantheon is so strong coming out of the oculus, it acts as natural protection from the elements. No rain ever enters the building through the hole in the ceiling. Our B&B host told us that it poured rain the week before we arrived, and inside the Pantheon is was completely dry.