Sunday, July 22, 2012

Italia Day Nine: Rome

 Our whirlwind day in Rome started with a viewing of the Piazza di Spagna.  Completed in 1725, the world famous Spanish steps are an iconic urban monument and remain the widest staircase in Europe.  From there we parted ways with the larger group and several of us enjoyed a stroll around majestic Rome!

 We made our way to Fontana di Trevi to throw our coins into the world renowned baroque fountain.  Legend suggests tossing a few euro into the fountain will ensure a return trip to Rome.  According to the BBC, an average of 3,000 Euro per day are thrown into the fountain and the funds are used to support a food pantry for those in need.

 After enjoying some delicious gelato and a long and lovely walk we happened upon the Pantheon built in 126AD.
 From there we made our way to Rome's oldest market, Campo dei Fiori and I made  a quick lunch for the group on the side of the road before sprinting over to the Vatican to tour the breath taking museums.  

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