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Day 29, Rome

sunny 26 °C

Our morning was quite productive. We printed our boarding passes for our remaining flights and paid the balance on our room here (Barbara let us off the hook for that extra night I had booked.) We had our breakfast, cappuccinos and nutella croissants. We walked into town. Our only goal for the day was to see Rome.
see the dude in the top left. not happy.
We started out with the Capitol building. It’s located behind the Roman Forum and we couldn’t get to it the day before. I sat on the steps right away as Shane took a picture, suddenly there were whistles blowing and shouting from overhead, apparently I missed the “no sitting on the steps” sign. The building is very grand and inside is located a (very boring) museum. We skipped out after a few minutes.
From the capitol building we walked in the direction of the Trevi fountain. We got side tracked by a church we peaked into. We love old churches. They all look the same from the outside here in Rome, but the insides are 100% different every time. Some are understated, some are very ornate with lots of woodwork and gold and others still just wow you with their paintings, frescos and marble.
trevi fountain
From the church we went to the Trevi fountain which we thought would be less busy in the day than the night before. No. Not at all, it was busier. We didn’t even stay, we headed for lunch, to spaghetteria we were at the night before. This time we sat on the patio (technically on the street) and had much better service. The food was still dynamite and after lingering over a bottle of wine we ran off in search of the Pantheon. We were smart this time, knowing we wanted to go back, so we downloaded a Rick Steve’s podcast for it. That is a move I would recommend, he was both informative and entertaining, again so much would have been lost just looking at the pieces.
We also went back to our favourite church here, Sant’Ignazio and spent the better part of an hour thoroughly exploring and enjoying every part of it.
Across the square we stopped in at Tazzo D’oro, a coffeehouse. We paid for our two coffee granitas and elbowed our way to the counter, to have our tickets filled. Holy cow! x100! They were nothing like anything I’d ever eaten in my life. Icy, bitter coffee shards offset by thick, creamy and sweet cream pilled high. I will never be able to recreate this. Ever. And it makes me sad.
We wanted to get to the Capuchin Crypt across town and got lost twice. Not really lost, we never do, we just go the wrong way really far before realizing our mistakes. We checked out another church before we made it there. When we arrived we dropped 5 euros in the donation basket and a woman told me that my “hot-pants” weren’t appropriate and to cover my legs. Jeeze! The crypt was sweet. Bone art is creepy. Period. And I’m sorry but we have no pictures of the crypt, it was forbidden.
We walked to the Trastevere neighborhood and got some more biscotti from Biscotti Artigiano. We took those cookies next door to a local coffee shop and drank down iced cappuccinos. 1.10 each, best deal yet.
We had a Rick Steve’s tour we followed through the neighborhood, which was again, very interesting. When all our touring for the day was finally over we made our way to Nuovo Mondo, a pizzeria across the river. Thank goodness for us it was open this time. We had fried mozzarella balls and a bottle of wine. We ordered a pizza. And then when that was gone we ordered another. They came to us in all their thin-crusted glory, the best margherita pizza to ever make my taste buds sing. Of course we finished up with gelato, what is a day in Italy without?

Posted by s-a 13:46 Archived in Italy Tagged rome

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Wow!!!!! Your photographic skills are amazing!!! They are rivaled only by your wonderful narratives. We feel like we are there with you.
Thank you for the email.
You two are going to be in amazing shape when you come home. All that hiking, walking and stair climbing.
Keep up the great job of sharing your travels.
Make sure you learn how to prepare that amazing food including the cookies and other delicious goodies.

by helga61

ja i agree with you about the church being gems inside. its because of the importance the people in those days placed on the worship of God. Its not seen anymore today. Opa says there is also another chuch in prague that has the painting that looks like you are looking up into heaven, he said you can lay on the floor all day looking up and not see it all

by dad

O.K. Caught up with you finally. I have just had an enjoyable whirlwind tour which, as Braden told me, was great. Brought back a lot of memories - I chuckle to think of the way travel is done these days, blogging, downloading, carrying your computer etc.
Way to go! Hope the rest of the trip continues well,
Kathy (from Menno)

by Kathy Dirks

Thanks mom! I really love all the praise you send my way. I'm glad to hear that you ARE indeed living vicariouslly through us, that makes me happy.
dad-our guide told us that there was a church in prague that the same artist did but when I tried to look it up I couldn't find it. Could Opa remember what it was called? We would love to see it.

by s-a

I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed reading Kathy! Keep on reading with us, we are only 1 month in!

by s-a

If I'm not mistaken, the monument before which you had the audacity to sit down is referred to locally as "The Toothbrush", for obvious reasons, and the guy on the horse is either Victor Emmanuel, first king of united Italy, or Garibaldi, the guy who did all the unifying. In any case, it appears there are still a few fascists alive and well in that beautiful country.

by Braden

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