Rome, Day I

Arrived by train. Taxi stand a bit of a scrum. Cab driver friendly and talkative, but in retrospect, he charged us too much for the ride to the hotel.

After check-in, walked to Piazza Navona by way of the Trevi Fountain because had heard of the Christmas market there. Not so much Christmas market as carnival stalls. Backtracked to restaurant where had seen patron with a nice-looking plate of pasta. Waiter recommended the daily special of homemade pasta with three kinds of mushrooms – fantastic!

Walked and walked. Went past the Area Sacra. Looked for and found a geocache near the Fontana delle Tartarughe. Walked to Tiber River and the Great Synagogue of Rome. Crossed the Ponte Fabricio to the Isola Tiberina. Went into the Basilica di San Bartolomeo all’Isola – beautiful!

Clockwise from top left: the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi; street performer and audience; inside of

Clockwise from top left: the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi in Piazza Navona; street performer and audience; inside Basilica di San Bartolomeo all’Isola; Basilica di San Bartolomeo all’Isola.

Heading back to hotel, came upon the Capitoline Museum complex (affectionately dubbed “The Pile” for the rest of our stay). View of the north-western end of the Roman Forum with a full moon. Flagging by this time, but climbed a very long flight of steps to have a look at Santa Maria in Aracoeli.

Full moon over the Roman Forum.

Full moon over the Roman Forum.

Back to the hotel for a brief rest before heading out to dinner at a restaurant recommended by Angelo, the concierge. Great food, warm and cozy ambience, friendly waiter.

Not sure I like Rome – noisy and dirty and crazy traffic. One thing is clear – no way are we going to do anything but scratch the surface of this city.

Rome, Day II.

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