Roman Holiday (Part 1)

I thought I’d share with you a few pictures from our little trip to Rome last weekend.

We left the boys in the care of my parents and flew to Rome early doors on Thursday morning, for three nights and four days in the city we spent part of our honeymoon in ten years ago.

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I love Rome. It is so casually breathtaking. Everything is extraordinary yet totally part of the everyday. Tourists wander along, cameras clicking at every corner, guidebooks to their noses whilst Rome’s inhabitants simply go about their daily routines, running for a bus alongside Il Foro Romano, stopping for a quick coffee in the shadow of the magnificent Pantheon and side-stepping the Gladiators posing for photos on the Spanish Steps.

It was great to go back. We did as much as we could in the time we had, schlepping round Il Foro, marvelling at the architectural feat that is the Pantheon, throwing coins in the Trevi Fountain, stopping for vino rosso whenever the urge took us, indulging in a bit of shopping and going back to Trastevere to find the brilliant little restaurant we spent many evenings cosied up in on our honeymoon.

We stayed in a working fountain with rooms built into the back of it. Had the fountain’s pump not been in protest mode, it would have been perfect, but as it was, we had very little sleep on a very noisy first night until we managed to get the manager to fix said pump. Still, it was a pretty jaw-dropping hotel frontage.

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Wandering round on Thursday, we headed via the Spanish Steps to take in a spot of lunch in the shadow of Pantheon.

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The Pantheon is incredible. Built between AD118-28 by Emperor Hadrian as a temple and later as a place for Christian worship, it is utterly breathtaking inside. Until 1882, its dome was the largest in the world and its proportions are so exact that a perfect sphere would fit inside it. The central oculus allows light to pour in, lighting up the tombs of Italy’s ‘immortals’ who rest there.

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We then headed on the usual tourist trail over to Piazza Navona, stopping on the way for a gran caffe at Sant’ Eustachio, purported to be the purveyors of the finest coffee in the world. We weren’t disappointed. It has to be tasted to be believed.

Piazza Navona is a bit too touristic for my liking so we took a little stroll around then headed off again. As we were leaving, we saw the Pope’s helicopter head off over the city to Castel Gandolfo where he was to make his final public appearance that evening. It sort of passed us by to be honest…

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When in Rome, you can’t avoid a fountain, so this post wouldn’t be complete without some pictures of the Trevi right? It is a bonkers sight - you emerge from tiny little streets to be greeted by this vision.

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All rushing water and tourist chatter. There’s an ace shoe shop just next to the Trevi which we wanted to visit so we hung out here just watching people go by for a while until it opened.

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Well, I think that is more than enough for one post. I’ll be back tomorrow with the final part.