I’m so happy, my bestest friend and former roommate, Alison came to Rome with her husband Tom to visit us and Italy. They got here Sunday, and after a little rest to recover from the long trip and time difference, we set out to see some of Rome.
We were saving the big sites for the coming days, when we would have more time. We decided to spend this first evening walking around the historical center and taking in some of the open-air sights.
We took the Metro a few stops to Flaminia (Piazza Popolo), where we walked past the grand doors to Villa Borghese (Rome’s main park) from back when it was the villa of the family Borghese. We went in Piazza Popolo and stuck out heads in one of the Santa Maria churches there, before climbing the many stairs to the terace that looks out over the city from Villa Borghese. At this point the sun was setting and we got a lovely view.
We walked along the edge of Villa Borgese, enjoying a view down into the city, a shrt distance until we arrived at the top of The Spanish Steps. We walked down the Spanish Steps and at the bottom took in the beauty of the freshly restored fountain there.
From here we walked up Via Condotti, lined with beautiful window displays of the most iconic top fashion and jewelry designers.
At the end of Via Condotti, I got a little disoriented leading them to Piazza Navona, but it worked out because we ended up going past the Pantheon this way. We did eventually reach Piazza Navona, with its three lovely Bernini fountains. Here we rested on a bench for a little enjoying the people watching and piazza itself, while listening to Rick Steve’s description of the Piazza.
We were hungry at this point, so we walked along the Tevere to the other side of the river. Here we stopped at Mondo Arancini for a “light” diner of fried balls of risotto stuffed with different toppings.
Daniele finished work then and joined us for gelato from my favorite gelateria in Rome, Gelarmony. A church nearby was doing a firework display, probably to celebrate the saint day of that churche’s patron saint. So we finished off our dessert under the fireworks. Quite literally “under the fireworks” we actually got hit with ash and bits.
Daniele stopped by the Vatican, so we could see St. Peter’s Square and Castle St. Angelo at night, before bringing us home. The next day we did Ancient Rome, with the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Full photo album from this night: