Saturday, April 29, 2017

Rome - Other Sights 2

Piazza Navona one of the most most beautiful of Rome's many squares. The large and lively square features no less than three magnificent fountains. The main attraction of Piazza Navona is the trio of fountains that adorn the square. The central and largest fountain is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers). It was constructed between 1647 and . The fountain features four figures, each representing a river from a different continent - the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio de la Plata.

Another highlight of the Navona square is the church of Sant'Agnese.The front facade 
the Baroque church was designed by Borromini, Bernini's main rival. The church was completed in 1670.
 The Piazza Navona is one of Rome's liveliest squares, with many outdoor cafes, restaurants and night clubs in the neighborhood.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Rome - Day 2

Not a very impressive remembrance of Hotel Fontanella Borghese, but it was actually 
a very beautiful place with staff that were so helpful. The free breakfast that came with our accommodation (so European : latte with steamed milk just the way I like it, yummy bread, fruits and sweets) was so filling. 

The buildings around the hotel.

And the one in front of the hotel which had 24/7 guards on duty complete with armed vehicles. Maybe it was a government building.

The Spanish steps - which was also just steps from our hotel.
With its irregular butterfly design, the beautiful “Scalina Spagna”, or Spanish Steps 
are a great example of Roman Baroque Style.The 138 steps are wide and irregular 
in a mix of curves, straight flights, vistas and terraces. They connect the lower 
Piazza di Spagna with the upper piazza Trinita dei Monti, with its beautiful 
twin tower church dominating the skyline.
View from the lower steps.

View from the upper piazza.

Through the narrow streets again.

The Colosseum !  
The Roman Colosseum is the most famous monument to have survived from the classical world. It was built nearly two thousand years ago for the purpose of hosting violent gladiator games. Thousands of men and animals fought for their lives in the sandy arena. A few gladiators and warriors found glory there. Some even found fame and riches but many more died an anonymous death, providing entertainment for eager Roman spectators. 

All around the Colosseum are more historical buildings 
I just wish I can still remember the names.

Simply amazing, astounding, stunning.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rome - Other Sights 1

After the overload at the St. Peter's Basilica, 
we walked towards Castel de St'Angelo.

Angel with a veil, one of the angels in the Ponte Sant'Angelo (Tiber bridge).

Ponte Sant'Angelo or the River Tiber bridge, undoubtedly the most 
beautiful bridge in Rome. It has statues of angels along both sides and is the main 
access to go to the basilica of St. Peter and Vatican City.

Castelo de Sant'Angelo. Too bad it was already closed when we arrived.

We passed by streets lined with new and so tiny cars.

And roads filled with huge and old buildings.

Tight streets.

Then Rome at night.

The Fontana di Trevi - or Trevi Fountain in English is the largest Baroque fountain in the city 
and the most beautiful in the world.

The famous rite of throwing a coin in the fountain has two main explanations. First, the Ancient Romans used often to throw coins in fountains, rivers or lakes to make the Gods of water favor their journey and help them go back home safely. Second, this tradition has been invented to raise funds for the maintenance of the fountain.

First day in Rome and so far from Veni, vidi, vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered).
Just a tip of the iceberg.