Day 139

Colosseum will have to wait, again.

We stayed in this morning, finished off the school work we could, had some vegemite sandwiches for lunch and then decided to venture into Rome.

This is the first time we have got to see how far our place is from the city. It took us just under 1 hour to get to the Spanish Steps, 2 x trains and 1 x metro. It was a bit of a hike, and we found the train system surprisingly harder to navigate than the Beijing System. But now we have done it once it should be OK. As soon as we walked out of the metro there was people everywhere, locals, tourists, it was packed. Walked to the Spanish steps, yep heaps of steps with people sitting on them.

Where are the steps? Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy.

Where are the steps? Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy.

Nice fountain down the bottom. It then decided to bucket down with rain.

People running from the rain. Fountain Spanish Steps.

People running from the rain. Fountain Spanish Steps.

We walked around and found some shelter from the rain in a Galleria (shopping centre). We then ventured out to the Trevi Fountain. When we got there, in the pouring rain, it was empty, with a huge glass fence around it, it was under repair. Couldn’t believe it, this famous fountain all gated up with no water apart from the stuff from the sky.

Trevi Fountain under renovations.

Trevi Fountain under renovations.

There was a makeshift place where you could throw your coins in and make a wish. We gave the girls 2 x coins each, Summer has been here before and explained that you throw one your shoulder and make a wish and then throw another to wish to come back. Little spring threw her first coin over the shoulder missed the makeshift well over the fence into the work area. The next throw was worse, over the shoulder over the fence and into the dry fountain were the restoration work is being conducted. It was such a dissapointment but we have noticed Rome is under renovations, see the scaffolding in the fountain image above? There was heaps of it everywhere.

We quickly got out of the rain to a gelato bar across the street.

Then walked over to St Maria Minerva church and Pantheon, awesome, massive couldn’t believe it. We then ventured over to the Piazza Navona did the lap of the Piazza, the girls liked all the street entertainment. We walked into another church Santa Agnese, just so old so much history.

It stopped raining and we sat outside and had some dinner at the back of the Pantheon then continued on our walk to the Monumento Naz. A Vittoria Emanualle II (war memorial or wedding cake building, because some of the cornice work looks like wedding cake decoration). It was 2100 by now so we stopped had a drink on the steps across the road.

We then continued to walk to the Colosseum, took some photos in the night from the outside and then of the street artists. It was a pretty cool vibe out the front, got the 2130 train from Colosseo back to our place, got back approx. 2215 was just so pumped to have seen all the famous landmarks, churches and Colosseo. Will return tomorrow for our Colosseum visit.

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