The Spanish Steps
We arrived in Roma late in the afternoon. Because this was my 4th time in Rome i knew the city center a little and fortunately that helped us finding our hotel very quickly. We could park our car around the corner in the parking of another hotel so we didn't have to spend hours finding a parking like usually so this time we could start enjoying the city immediately. We started in our room where we put the luggage. The room was really great and i loved the air conditioning since it was very hot! But hey, we're not in Rome to enjoy the air conditioning so we went to Republicca to have lunch at Mac Donalds. I know, that not why you're in Rome either but we we're so hungry. We didn't eat since we left Amalfi that morning so we went to the first place we saw.
The San Paolo out of the city
Besides that, we planned to meet my brother in law on Republicca. It was his first time in Rome so we wanted to take him to some places. Because it was already late, we went to visit some churches. Normally, the first thing i do in Rome is buying a scarf to cover my shoulders, this year i already thought about that at home so we didn't have to spend time looking for one. The first church we visited was the Santa Maria della Vittoria, a small church near Republicca. A few years ago, this was a quiet small church without many visitors. But since Dan Brown wrote the Bernini Mystery this place is very crowded. Every body wants to see his famous sculptures here, and they should of course. After seeing these artworks we went to the spanish steps to relax a little. I love the view there when the sun goes down and when you can see the dome of St Peters.
It was actually the only part of this church i saw during this trip. From here we went to the Pantheon. We had a great dinner in front of it and had a really great night!
The next day we started in the Galleria Borghese. I didn't visit this place before so i was very excited. I had heard so many positive things about it so it just had to be great. And it was of course. As you know, i'm an art lover so this was heaven to me. All the sculptures of Bernini and paintings of Carravaggio. Amazing! It's hard to describe what you like about art so much so i can only say you have to go and see it for yourself. If you don't like it, then you definately like the gardens around the museum. At least i did! It's one of the few peaceful and quiet parts of Rome and because of the shade it's very pleasent to be here in the summer! After a fancy lunch on Via Veneto we went to see the San Paolo fuori le Mura.
It's one of the churches of the pope but this is the only one outside the city centre. We had the metro to Piramide and we decided to walk the last part. We really shouldn't have done that because it was so hot. But we did it for a reason i think because we met some Americans that we had already met in Siena
a over a week ago. It was really unbeleiveble because, as i mentionned, we were out of the center in a place where you can't find any tourists and we met the same people we met like 9 days before in another city. It's a small world isn't it? Anyway, the church is a must see. It's not easy to go there but it's a church like it has to be. Very quiet and peacefull and without tons of tourists.
San Giovanni in Lateranen
Can you imagine, silence in Rome?
The last day we decided to go to the catacombs. That was also a place we didn't visit before and i always love to see 'new' things. We didn't really know (at all) how to get there and we saw that there was a metro stop in Via Appia Antica so we thought that that was where we had to be. It definately wasn't. So we had to find a bus, but which one? Nobody could tell us, not even a busdriver. But hey, we don't give up easily and after 1,5 hours we got where we had to be. Because all the books tell you that when you visit one of the catacombs, you've seen them all, we decided to visit only one of them. We had a guided tour and i have to tell you, this is really impressive. I have never seen cemetaries built under ground level. And these aren't small one.
Victor Emanuel II Monument
In contrary. Hundred thousends of graves are down there and a lot of them are still in tact! Some of them are just holes but other graves are made in little houses with beautiful decorations. I didn't expect it to be this huge. As we started the day with the surprise that we couldn't find transport to go here, we ended this visit the same way. I thought there had to be a busline back again but there just wasn't. So we had to walk a very long way until we found a bus stop. There was no place to buy a ticket so we had to travel without paying for it (shame on me)! We ended our day with a nice dinner, with Aperol sodas and with lots of wine. Don't you just love Rome?
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