Roming around

Trip Start Sep 11, 2010
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Trip End Sep 11, 2011


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, September 12, 2010

September 12 2010, 11.13 local time. Preparations completed we are off again, heading towards Rome's  Urbe airport.  Most of the flight was across water, the route taking us over the northern tip of Corsica, across the island of Elba, the island of Gilio and then mainland Italy.  Blue, hazy skies all the way again, with a few bumps over the land.

An interesting approach into Rome Urbe had us landing at 13.21 local time.  Put the aircraft to bed, and after finding a taxi we arrived at our B&B.  A really warm welcome, quick freshen up and we were off to see the sights.   A tram to Piazza Risorgimento, a short walk to St Peter’s Square, and then followed the Lonely Planet walking tour to Castel  Sant’ Angelo, across the River, through the upmarket shopping street of Via Condotti (and no I wasn’t tempted!) to the Spanish Steps.  Up the steps and past the Trinita del Monti to the  Trevi Fountain.  Surprisingly we found our way back to the B&B by bus quite easily.

September 13 2010.  Still in Rome.  A full day seeing the sights.  Public transport is very easy with frequent trams and buses.  First on the agenda was a visit to the Colosseo.  Area was heaving with tourists and a gladiator or two trying to get their photos taken with a tourist!  We walked all the way round the outside and then headed off towards the Forum ruins. We found a rather handsome statue of Hadrian on his horse at Piazza del Campodoglio and then sought the cooler temperature inside the Vittoriano.  This very grand marble building now houses a museum and a fine terraced café…  (sampled, naturally).

We experienced a delicious Italian gelato at the Piazza della Minerva and then came across the Pantheon, a Christian church since AD608. It has the most amazing dome, considered the Romans’ most important architectural achievement; it is the largest masonry vault every built. Next we encountered the Piazza Navona with the three fountains of Neptune, the Four Rivers and Moro. Through lots of narrow alleys we came to Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. Nestled in the corner of the Piazza is the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, apparently the oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome.

By this time (late afternoon) we were gasping for a nice cup of tea and to rest our weary legs and feet.  We found a little restaurant tucked away in a nearby side street to while away the next hour and then it was back to the B&B to get ready for the next stage of our journey.

Questions: 

-          What is the name of the City within a City in Italy?

-          What is the name of the River running through Rome?

-          Why is the Trevi Fountain so named?
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