All about Rome again...
Spent the entire day walking - from 9am to 5pm. Got to see many of the main sites. The weather was perfect - you could not ask for a nicer day. About 70F (19C), sunny. Cool in the shade, warm in the sun - very nice.
I am staying in a hotel right off of the Piazza del Popolo and started there. Decided to walk down to the Piazza di Spagna - where the "Spanish Stairs" are:
Now, when I got there, this huge crowd was standing around - yelling, blocking traffic. Lots and lots of people with cameras. Wasn't sure what it was:
Turns out - that was where Tom Cruise and family was staying before/after his nuptials in the countryside last night. I did not stick around for a "sighting" - was time to move on. So I continued down the road a bit to the Fontana di Trevi. In the US we just don't have buildings like this:
My ultimate goal after that was the Quirinale - and after getting there, I spied this window:
And of course, the address of the house with the neat window was none other then:
Continuing on - the goal was now the Piazza Venezia. I started off towards it - walking along "normal Rome streets" - like this one:
Again, we don't really have anything like this back home. What I liked about Rome and many other European cities is that you can in fact walk most everywhere - and many people do. In most US cities, I would have had to of taken a cab here and there and everywhere. I finally arrived at the Piazza Venezia:
After climbing the stairs and walking all around it - I spied my next target, the coliseum:
so I started off towards it - lots of stuff to see everywhere. I really like that many times the streets are actually closed off - and everyone just spills into them. No cars = no smell = no noise (and there is lots of noise in general in Rome, those little motor bikes are noisy).
I had been to the coliseum before, in 2001 - but I never went in. This time I paid my fee and walked around:
And found the next place I was headed to:
After spending quite a bit of time walking around the ruins down there (I like ruins for some reason, just interesting to look at), I headed off to the Pantheon:
There, I checked email and saw my daughter Megan was online. I texted her - she is at Disney World with her brother this week. She was happy, yesterday they got to see "Fear Factor" being shot live. Something about people having to eat worms and have scorpions placed on their head. She thought it was pretty neat. It was nice to be able to chat with her for a couple of minutes (but I think I'd rather be in Rome then watching Fear Factor "live"...).
After the Pantheon, I was on my way be to the Tevere:
Which I walked along on my way back to the Piazza S. Pietro. I was there yesterday but wanted to visit again with the sunshine. It was worth it:
Then it was back towards the hotel - I was quite worn out by then. But on my way back, I spied a sidestreet full of people and walked down it. It led to the Via del Corso - which was full of shops (open on a Sunday - I was surprised). So, instead of going back to the hotel, I walked up and down the street:
We just don't have anything like that back home. The people had competely taken over the street. Any car that attempted to drive on it could go maybe 1-2 miles per hour. Lots of interesting people/things to look at. Almost like a big block party.
It was good. I have now 4 cities I really like walking around:
- Jerusalem, Israel
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Rome, Italy
- Paris, France
if you like walking and seeing some pretty cool sites - I do recommend them all.