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Roman Forum seen from Capitoline Hill
The transfer bus drops us off in Piazza Barberini (which is just East of the Spanish Steps) and will pick us up at the same spot at 4:30.  Wow, a whole day to walk around Rome and I might even find a new camera.  . 

We walked along major roads to Capitoline Hill in hopes of passing a camera shop on our way to the Capitoline Museums.  No luck on the camera shop and also no luck on getting into the Capitoline Museums.  We’ve been to Rome many times and I always try to get into these museums but have only managed it once.  It’s well worth seeing but never seems to be open when the guide books say it will be.  The one time I did get in, it was open when it was supposed to be closed.
The Spanish Steps
  Not surprisingly, not too many people have been there and it was almost deserted the day I did see it.  However, even if the Capitoline Museums are closed, they overlook the Roman Forum so it’s not a wasted effort.  You get a great view of the Forum.

After having coffee (hey, we never go anywhere without frequent stops at cafes, tavernas, whatever), we walked at random down back streets to reach the main luxury shopping on Via Condoti.  This was a little too much luxury for us so we climbed the Spanish Steps to get to one of our favorite “tourist approved” restaurants, Alla Rampa.  It’s at Piazza Mignaelli 8 and has lots of outside seating and good basic Italian food. 

Since we were skipping many of the major tourist sights in favor of window shopping and eating, there was only time for one more stop.
Tomb of Augustus
  I chose a personal favorite that many people may not have visited - the Mausoleum of Augustus (see photo).  It was once covered in white marble with a golden statue of Cesar Augustus on top and surrounded with cypress trees.  All of the Julian emperors (from Julius Ceasar on) except Nero were buried here when this was part of the huge gardens around Augustus’s palace.  It’s been stripped of its marble, its cypress trees, its statues, and its dignity, even having been part of a bull ring for a while.  Now it’s just some crumbling bricks on the Tiber side of Via Tomecelli.  Sic transit Gloria indeed.

Note for photographers: Need a camera shop in Rome?  Only while waiting for the return of the transfer bus at 4:30 p.m. did I find a camera shop.  It’s on the west side of Piazza Barberini (I had walked on the east side of the piazza in the morning) and it  had the camera I wanted for a good price. 

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The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps
Tomb of Augustus
Tomb of Augustus
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