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View of the River from Ponte Nenni

At Roma Termini we bought a 72-hour travel card which works on all public transportation in Rome for 11 Euros. So, it looks like 33 Euros takes care of transportation for the weekend. 

After a little wandering around Termini we caught the metro to Lepanto and find the hotel - with the help of a friendly stranger in the street.  Check in at the Relais Vaticano went just fine, the receptionist was very friendly, showed us to our room and gave us some good indications about how to get to different sites from the hotel.  After all is said and done, I wish I could write a better review about the hotel, but aside from the really nice people, it just wasn't ok. 

Anyhow, we left our stuff in the room and set out for a little exploring.

Twin Baroque churches - Piazza del Popolo
  From the hotel we crossed the river on Ponte Nenni and walked through some quiet residential streets until we reached the vast Piazza del Popolo.  This is a beautiful square with an ancient Egyptian obelisk which was brought from Heliopolis in Egypt by Augustus and placed in the Circo Massimo.  It was moved here in the mid 16th century.  Another feature of the square that is striking are the twin Baroque churches on one side.  We went inside the churches to take a look and then headed down Via del Corso looking at shops and churches along the way til we reached Via Frattina and piazza Mignonelli where we stopped for dinner at a place called CaffĂ© Leonardo.  It looked good so we gave it a try. After dinner we continued to the Spanish Steps - there's so much to see here.
Fontana di Trevi
Without even really trying, you happen upon beautiful things just about everywhere you look in this city.  After a little while and a few pictures of the steps and the surrounding area we walked down Via Condotti which is where the fanciest shops (Gucci, Armani, etc) are located.  What a fantastic place.  It's nice to be somewhere a little warmer too. 

Eventually we ended up at the Fontana di Trevi. This Baroqhe fountain is beautiful, sparkling clear water, immaculate white statuary - it all looks fantastic and it's been here since 1762. There was a lot of ruckus - people applauding, etc and when I got closer I could see what all the fuss was about:  a man was proposing to his girlfriend right there in front of the fountain. This was pretty cool and romantic. It's nice to see people who look so happy.  This proposal will definitely be something that the couple will remember forever.  With all the wandering around, people watching and exploring, before we knew it it was pretty late. We finally found a metro station, but it turned out that there was some malfunction with the metro line and we had to walk back to the hotel. 

sylviandavid says:
Stephen... brings back memories... I love Rome...
Posted on: Mar 12, 2009
kamja says:
I've been in Italy so many times but I've never made to Rome. So weird.
Posted on: Mar 04, 2009
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View of the River from Ponte Nenni
View of the River from Ponte Nenni
Twin Baroque churches - Piazza del…
Twin Baroque churches - Piazza de…
Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi
Gate to Piazza del Popolo
Gate to Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo with an Egyptian…
Piazza del Popolo with an Egyptia…
Basilica de Santa Maria del Popolo
Basilica de Santa Maria del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo. The obelisk was…
Piazza del Popolo. The obelisk wa…
Detail of the fountain below the o…
Detail of the fountain below the …
Spanish Stairs
Spanish Stairs
Interior Galleria Alberto Sordi
Interior Galleria Alberto Sordi
Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi
Fontana di Trevi
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