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Street going up to La Rosa

Finished work later than expected on Tuesday and made it down to Rome in time to check into the hotel (Hotel Fontana at Piazza di Trevi) eat dinner, take a quick walk over to the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, then back to the hotel to crash.  The hotel was quaint - a little scary at first - but ended up really liking it other than the tiny bathroom (I'm not a small person and it was hard to move in the shower without turning the water off, or re-adjusting the temperature - finally discovered that there was a second drain in the middle of the bathroom floor and stopped worrying about making a mess).  It was also right across the piazza (more of a street) from Trevi fountain.  It was fantastic to walk out of the front door of the hotel and have Trevi right in front of you and the fountain is amazing although the area around it is really small and packed with people from around noon onto well after midnight.

  La Rosa restaurant was also great.  Had a wonderful steak at a bargain price (for Italy),  It's on one of the smaller streets (via di Scanderberg) a couple of blocks away from Trevi Fountain; we never would have found it if not for the recommendation from the hotel, and it seemed to be mostly locals eating there.  

Only having one day, Beth and I struck o8ut with a plan on Wednesday.  Both of us had been to Rome before, and we had a couple of things that we wanted to see, but also didn't want to take time with some of the other typical tourist spots that we'd seen on previous trips.

Trevi by night
  We completely skipped the south east part of the city (Coliseum, Circus Maximus, going inside the Forum).  First stop was the Pantheon, an engineering/architectural marvel.  From there to Piazza Navona.  Unfortunately the four rivers fountain was undergoing some maintenance and not operating.  The other two fountains make the piazza worth the visit and it is definitely a place to go to in the evening for dinner/people watching/checking out local artist and street performers (we went back for dinner that night and spent three hours at a street restaurant taking it all in).  From there a quick walk (about 15 minutes at our pace) to Vatican City and the St. Peters square.  Only having one day, we didn't take the tour although, I would like to on a future visit.
building at top of Spanish Steps
  Like most things here, the architecture is amazing and there are more sculptures than you can really appreciate (the figures of 140 saints are around the top of the ellipse looking down on the courtyard).

At this point it was getting close to noon and we struck out to find a bar that one of Beth's relatives suggested that we visit for lunch.  Never found the place, but we did stop for lunch at a cafe on the edge of the Forum and Capital Hill.  It was a nice place to sit in the shade and take a break.  Being quite happy with ourselves for having covered so much of the city in under 4 hours, we decided to go back to the hotel and chill (literally - just wanted to put our feet up and sit in air-conditioning for a while) for an hour or so.  The afternoon pace was much slower going back to Piazza del Popolo to see it in day light and people watch for a while.  Around 5 pm we went back to Piazza Navona to eat dinner and enjoy the early-evening night life.  Then to the hotel to pack and get ready for an early flight home.

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Street going up to La Rosa
Street going up to La Rosa
Trevi by night
Trevi by night
building at top of Spanish Steps
building at top of Spanish Steps
Looking down from top of Spanish S…
Looking down from top of Spanish …
Sinking boat fountain in the piazz…
Sinking boat fountain in the piaz…
One of the fountains surrounding t…
One of the fountains surrounding …
One of the fountains at the ends o…
One of the fountains at the ends …
Trevi by day (view from the front …
Trevi by day (view from the front…
City workers cleaning up the mess …
City workers cleaning up the mess…
Trevi from the breakfast room of t…
Trevi from the breakfast room of …
Pantheon
Pantheon
Pantheon ceiling
Pantheon ceiling
Pantheon interior
Pantheon interior
Dorky tourist (yep, its me) looki…
Dorky tourist (yep, it's me) look…
Fountain at south end of piazza Na…
Fountain at south end of piazza N…
Campo di Fiori
Campo di Fiori
Pointe Vittorio Emanuele II (cross…
Pointe Vittorio Emanuele II (cros…
St Peters
St Peters
St. Peters Square
St. Peter's Square
Dorky tourist (again) in front of …
Dorky tourist (again) in front of…
Castel Saint Angelo
Castel Saint Angelo
Roman Forum
Roman Forum
Lunch in front of Capitol Hill
Lunch in front of Capitol Hill
More Forum
More Forum
Piazza del Campidoglio (Romes cur…
Piazza del Campidoglio (Rome's cu…
Tomb of Unknown Soilder
Tomb of Unknown Soilder
Twin churches at piazza del Popolo…
Twin churches at piazza del Popol…
Fountain at north end of Piazza Na…
Fountain at north end of Piazza N…
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