|We walked along Clivo d. Scauro going from the|
Colosseum area to San Giovanni in Laterano. The
flying buttresses supported a building associated
with the church of Sts. John and Paul.
Once in Rome, we promptly visited the Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum, both very near our house. They and other tourist destinations are discussed in other posts.
Once we had ticked off our must-sees, we often simply wandered around, picking a street to follow or an unfamiliar piazza as a destination. We found that Piazza Venezia made a good hub for our explorations. It's at the foot of the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, the gigantic (and rather pointless) wedding cake building that's visible from many points in Rome. Venezia is the also one of the ends of Via Corso, the busy shopping street that every tourist crosses to go from the Pantheon to the Trevi Fountain. At the northwestern end of Venezia, hang a left onto Plebiscito, which turns into Vittorio Emanuele II and takes you within a couple of blocks of Piazza Navona and to a bridge across the Tiber River to the Vatican neighborhood. From Venezia, head northeast and you can cut across the Forum of Trajan and the Markets of Trajan to reach Via Nazionale, which will take you to Piazza della Repubblica, Termini (the main train station), the Baths of Diocletian and what I think is the city's best museum for antiquities, the Palazzo Massimo.
Using map apps on our iPad and our phone, we discovered that even the somewhat remote Villa Borghese art gallery was less than an hour's walk from our apartment. Some walks were along tree-shaded avenues or the shady banks of the Tiber; many were on streets lined with sidewalk cafes; others were less pleasant. But even in somewhat grubbier districts, we never felt unsafe. We walked home sometimes around midnight and there were always other people around.
|We happened to be in Rome in the spring when the Spanish Steps are lined with azaleas. When|
we were back in Rome in July, the steps were bare.
|A coffee/wine bar on the Piazza Navona.|
|Wisteria has taken over the intersection of Via Panisperna and Via del Boschetto. This is in the|
Monte district, home to a lively nightlife scene.
|Another view of Piazza del Campidoglio. This building is called|
the Senate palace and houses Rome's municipal government.
The other side of the building has commanding views of the Forum.
|The Borghese Art Gallery, which contains the very best works by Bernini and Caravaggio along|
with major works by others, including Titian, sits in the Borghese family's former park, now
a public park within walking distance of much of central Rome.
|This driver and his Jaguar are waiting for a bridal couple to finish posing for photos|
at Piazza del Campidoglio. Go down the sidewalk to the left and you'll find
the Hotel Otivm, home to our favorite rooftop bar.
|This is the back way to Piazza del Campidoglia, an uphill path from |
Via de Fori Imperiali that snakes behind the wedding cake building
and the Capitoline Museum.
|Not everyone tosses a coin in the Trevi Fountain, but just about everyone takes a photo.|
|That's the dome of the Pantheon, photographed with a|
long lens from Mount Garibald on the other
side of the Tiber. It's 1,900 years old, saved from
ruin by being converted into a Christian church.
|Italian police don't really drive Lamborghinis, so I assume|
this was some sort of promotion. In the background
is a black Lotus similarly outfitted as a police car.
This was at the Piazza Navona.
|Mounted police were also at Navona|
the same day as the police cars.
|The wedding cake building in a photo taken with a long lens from Mount Garibaldi,|
far away on the other side of the Tiber.
|The word "Gloria" seems ironic on the front of what looks like an|
abandoned church. It's opposite a great little cafe called
Cul de Sac Wine Bar on Piazza Pasquino.
|This arch connects the area north of Piazza Navona with Piazza di San Agostino, site|
of a church dedicated to Saint Augustine.
|These steps lead from the busy Via Cavour to Piazza|
di San Pietro in Vincoli, home to the church of the same
name, which means St. Peter in Chains. The church displays
chains that supposedly once shackled St. Peter.
|A small street southwest of Piazza Navona, complete with outdoor dining, motorcycles and a hardware store.|
|You don't see a lot of police on foot in Rome.|
These two are on Via S. Ignazio just east
of the Pantheon.
|Everything from flip-flops to clothes-drying racks and planters|
can be had at this shop on Via d. Coppelle, northeast
of Piazza Navona.
|The Arch of Constantine is fenced off, but the Colosseum is open to visitors. The|
surrounding streets are usually crowded with tourists and often with "Roman
soldiers" who will pose with you for a photo -- if the price is right.