Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rome: walking through town

Our walk about in Rome; there are many famous fountains, churches, obelisks, ruins, and other sites scattered throughout Rome and the best way to see them is to just wonder about the city from stop to stop; this is a great way to enjoy Rome. David picked some of our favorite things in the city and made a path as to what order we wanted to see them and that is how we spent our day. With a few stops at local coffee shops made for a perfect day.

Piazza Navona and the fountains (three fountains, you can see the middle one in the back ground, with the Obelisk) - this is the Fountain of Moor:
Close up of one of the figures on the Fountain of Moor:

Piazza Navona, Fountain of Neptune, check out the Octopus he is riding:

Piazza Navona, the Obelisk in the middle fountain (the Fountain of Rivers):
The Pantheon, one of my favorites, built around 110 AD. This building has a lot of interesting features as the aperature hole in the top that shines on different sculptures at different time of the year.
David and the aperture: the pattern on the dome and the aperture look real unique. The walls of the Pantheon are 15 feet thick to support the weight of the dome. To build this today would be difficult, according to what i read, and they build it in the 2nd century AD.
Light from the aperature making its way around the dome, this looks real cool against the Dome:

Back of the Pantheon in backgound and the Egyptian Obelisk in foreground (from 6th century BC) supported on the back of an marble elephant made by Bernini:
Closeup of water fountain outside of the Pantheon:
The Trevi Fountain, we spend a long time here; watching and listening to the water falls, eating our packed lunches (btw David makes great Italian sandwiches), making wishes, and watching the people. This was a real interesting fountain to hang around.
Noah getting a drink at the Trevi Fountain (i sense another bathroom break):
The whole family:
Trevi Fountain video i took:


The Piazza di Spagna (Spanish steps):
Watching the ongoings on the Spanish Step; vendors giving flowers to the women then telling them they had to pay, and selling toys to anyone whose attention could be caught by sales men in the crowd; quite the entertainment. We spend over a half hour watching the activities.
Obelisk at the Piazza del Popolo:
Goethe Statue by the Villa Borghese, i really like the expression of the guy on the right:
Noah in the Villa Borghese:
Noah impressed by his find in a church - Santa Maria del Popolo:

David in the Piazza del Popolo, after a successfully planned trip, by far our best adventure in Rome. There is so much to see that we didn't see but this day was great, thanks to David's planning.

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