After waiting for what seemed like ages, we decided to walk to the gates to see if they were going to display where we needed to board. There were no displays but after asking a Dutch couple, we found out they were on the same flight as we were. So that was sorted. The flight was smooth and we arrived around midnight in Rome.
Riccardo, our Airbnb host was gracious enough to pick us up from the airport. Upon arrival, we saw the airport was rather smoky and it took about 15min for my friend to locate her baggage and then we met Riccardo. As we were exiting, an alarm sounded, but everyone (not that many people at the airport at midnight) seemed nonchalant about it. We got out and it was very smoky. My friend thought it was haze! (where I come from, we get bombarded with annual haze due to forest fires from our neighbouring country). hehe on the way to our place to stay, we spotted a fire engine. I suppose there was some sort of fire.
|Greeted by yummy treats upon arrival|
We took the tram to "Ancient Rome" and we started our walk.
First we passed the "Largo di Torre Argentina" - where the remains of Pompey's theater are. It was also a cat sanctuary (but we were not allowed to feed the cats) - the strays there are so beautiful! Apparently due to health reasons they were going to cease the cat sanctuary (but it's still in operation).
|Temple B, dedicated to Fortuna Huiusce Diei|
Next we found ourselves at Piazza Navona. This was the first time I saw an "obelisk" in real life; I only read about them in Dan Brown's books ;) it was breathtaking. There were 3 fountains in this Piazza. However, it was teeming with tourists and people selling selfie sticks (yes, the horror!). I did not take many photos and the ones I took, now I realise are really bad angles! We were walking to the Pantheon, so I took what I could.
|Fontona del Moro|
|The 4 winds fountain by Bernini below the obelisk|
|Fountain of Neptune by Porta|
Then we walked on and reached the "Fontana del Pantheon" (Pantheon Fountain) and the Pantheon
|Fontana del Pantheon at Piazza della Rotonda|
The Pantheon in Rome was built during the reign of Augustus. Pantheon literally means "every god" in Greek.
|The Dome in the Pantheon|
The Trevi Fountain was under restoration when we visited it! It was such a shame, but I can only imagine how beautiful it would be in its full glory. The fountain is at the junction of three roads (tre vie).
The Spanish steps was quite a surprise to me, I did not expect to see so many tourists there. Also, the fountain by Bernini was very beautiful. The water was cooling and fresh - so nice for the hot weather
|Fontana della Barcaccia ("Fountain of the ugly Boat") by Pietro Bernini (father of Gian Bernini) at Piazza di Spagna|
|Too many people!!|
|Panoramic View from the top|