Day one and two in Rome we covered a lot! In the month of August I suggest you stay in a hotel close enough that should you want to change, you can. We must have stopped at our hotel to change twice a day!
Look how small the streets are. Believe it or not, cars and Vespa’s whip through these streets like professional race car drivers!
I absolutely loved how old yet charming these homes were and how most of them had beautiful flower beds hanging from the windows.
This building shot was taken from our hotel room. Yes, people lived there.
The gypsies and beggars in Rome tugged at my heart. To see this poor woman on the ground, within a few hours of landing in such a beautiful country- well, this stayed with me. For some reason, I saw beauty in that picture and to this day, I am not sure why.
We loved the little Fiats. I told Mario if they ever came to the US, I would LOVE one!
On every corner as we walked about eight hours our first day into the evening, these tabacchi stores for cigarettes where on every corner, no lie! We actually starting laughing every time we saw one.
If you turn left, you stumble upon some Church or sculpture. Turn the other direction and you see the best-dressed carabinieri (police). Oh, may I add that these men are dressed in uniforms designed by the one and only Valentino! These men stood with arrogance (I say it in the nicest way possible) and confidence. They are suave (all Italian men) and full of life.
Mario and I were cracking up! We couldn’t believe how sharp they looked, and well, I had to hop in a pic with them!
Dressed up Gladiators
No, it’s not Mario... It’s the Fontana del Moro, designed by Giacomo Della Porta in 1575. The fountain has statues of four Tritons and the basin is made of special antique rose marble.
The Pantheon, the best-preserved building of ancient Rome, has a spectacular dome and free admission, closes 7PM.
The magnificent Trevi Fountain, completed in 1762. Toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain to ensure your return to Rome.
I bet the people there would love her, that little gnocchi! Ahh the Piazza di Spagnia! Filled with people from the bottom to the top. At the bottom and down those long streets, we walked and walked and walked. We stopped in the most beautiful shops like Gucci, Chanel, Hugo Boss, and more.
And there he is- My Italian Stallion Husband! Fits RIGHT IN!
Can you tell I was excited and over the moon to be there!
We stayed at (Then) Hotel George. It’s now called Hotel Indigo. We were sort of off the beaten path away from the hustle and bustle, and only ten minutes from the Piazza Navona. Five more minutes and we could arrive at the Pantheon. We WALKED everywhere! I am talking about eight to nine hours a day! Our room was perfect. The service was great. I do remember it was a little noisy at night- the usual Italians arguing, laughing and chatting over a little vino or limoncello! We didn’t mind.
The second day in Rome, we covered a lot of very important and historic places.
St. Peter’s Basilica.
ST. Peters Basilica is one of the holiest sights in the world. The basilica is said to be built upon the burial site of Saint Peter, one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and the first Pope. Saint Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest Christian churches in the world and can hold up to 60,000 people. The gigantic dome designed by the one and only Michelangelo — it is the tallest dome in the world
Ancient Egyptian sculptures
The Hall of Maps where Mario found Calabria, which is where his family is from.
Michelangelo designed this stunning dome!
You can not take pictures in this room. I sneaked a few in. We could have stayed all day just to look at the work of Micheal Angelo! From ceiling to floor, it was amazing!
Believe it or not, after two and a half hours in one of the holiest places on earth, we decided to go to The Coliseum. It was a place where spectators would gather to watch contests and public spectacles. This massive amphitheater could hold up to eighty thousand spectators.
Stay tuned for day three in Rome!