February 28th, 2009 – by: boxinbcn
Via della Conciliazione - which connects St. Peters with the river and Castel Sant' Angelo.
After St. Peters Basilica we headed up Via della Conciliazione â€“ a pretty, broad avenue linking St. Peters to the Castello de Sant Angelo. This street has many shops with souvenirs â€“ so we looked here and there, found an ATM and got some cash and found a place for lunch called RistrĂł which was â€śin the right place at the right time.â€ť I should have researched eating places better beforehand. We had a quick lunch and I spent a little time writing about what weâ€™ve been seeing. Then we headed across the Ponte Santâ€™ Angelo (a beautiful bridge decorated with statues of angels) to the Castel Santâ€™ Angelo. We didnâ€™t go inside, just looked around a little and then continued on our way.
Castel Sant' Angelo
Something really nice about visiting Rome is that you can just wander. Everywhere you go, youâ€™ll see something beautiful, interesting, enticing, appetizing... and that will then lead you to something else and so on and so forth. I saw an interesting belltower and we ended up at Piazza Orologio â€“ from there we found a place with some great looking ice-cream and stopped to try some. The place, called Frigidarium was just a small stand but the gelatto was great! I tried strawberry, banana and raspberry... Eventually we ended up at Piazza Navonna (which in Roman Times was the location of the Stadium of Domitian. Thereâ€™s a beautiful Egyptian Obelisk and fountain in the center â€“ in all there are 3 beautiful fountains in the square.
At one end of the square, artists were displaying and selling their paintings. We looked at the paintings a little and walked into a church with an interesting name... Saint Agnes in Agony!
Ponte Sant' Angelo. This bridge is beautiful.
So, this was just random wandering around (occasionally consulting my map to get my bearings) but was really enjoyable. Soon we crossed Corso di Vittorio Emmanuelle and headed to the Campo di Fiore which was where Giordano Bruno was executed for Heresy in the 16th century (He said: "The general opinion is not always the perfect truth..." and claimed that the sun was only one star among the many thousands, and therefore, like the sun, many other stars also have planets around them and living beings inhabiting them." Such remarks produced bitter consequences: On 17th of February 1600 he publicly was burnt at the stake after eight years of torture and dungeon detention.
Today the Piazza Campo di Fiore where this statue stands has become a monument to free thinking; adjacent to the statue, is the "Fahrenheit 451â€ť bookstore, named after Ray Bradbury's 1953 novel expounding freedom of thought. Imagine, being burned at the stake for saying â€śwe are not aloneâ€ť). This is a nice square, with sidewalk cafes and a big statue of Bruno right in the center and is a great place for a little people watching.
Ponte Sant' Angelo
After Campo di Fiore â€“ more aimless wandering... which took us to the Pantheon â€“ a striking 2000 year old temple whose current form dates to the year 120 (the original temple was from 27 BC. In 608 it was consecrated as a church.
From there we went to Piazza Colonna with the Colonna di Marco Aurelio (193 AD) in the center and the residence of the prime minister of Italy, the Palazzo Chigi at one side. We had fantastic weather all day long and now the sun had set but the sky was incredibly blue and in was interesting to see a crescent moon with a very bright star right above it. Beautiful! Too bad it didnâ€™t come out well in my pictures.
Finally we ended up at Galleria Alberto Sordi where Iâ€™m having a bitter soda and some almonds... Itâ€™s a nice place to relax, watch the people go by and catch up on this journal.
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