My first full day in Rome was full of amazing adventures.
I awoke to the sun gently spilling through our shutters. I had no idea what time it was, but I could hear people shouting and automobiles speeding-so my only clue that it was daytime was the sunlight. When I looked at my watch I realized that I had slept well over twelve hours. I was nervous that the group of people with whom I had agreed to wander had already left. Luckily, their sleep deficits were apparently just as bad as mine and they had just gotten up as well. So off we went!
Crossing the Tiber felt immense. It’s so strange to think that such a mighty civilization grew out of that tawny water. There were market tents set up all along the riverbanks under the bridge. It must look breathtaking at night.
We wanted to get to the Pantheon or the Forum, but we hadn’t exactly planned out how to get there. Me being me, I hung back and let the others figure out the map situation and followed where they led. Because we didn’t know where we were going we ended up stumbling upon so many beautiful things. Isn’t that just the best way? We would round a corner and oh look, it’s the Horologium Augusti.
Round another corner and here’s the Column of Marcus Aurelius (not to be confused with Trajan’s column…like we did for a second…what are we majoring in again?).
Eventually we started actually looking for the Pantheon, which was basically following all these cliché alleyways and directing ourselves with a compass to find the right path. And find it we did!
Ahhh! It’s just so beautiful and wonderful!
Walking around the interior of the Pantheon again was one of those experiences where you’ve been walking and sweating under the baking Italian sun for hours amid all the noise of the city and suddenly you find yourself in this really quiet moment. I doubt that entering a church in Italy will ever lose its effect on me.
For lunch we treated ourselves to traditional Italian fare at one of the restaurants overlooking the Pantheon. The waiter was kind enough to get a picture of us all.
After the Pantheon, we moseyed on over to the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. I was mostly attracted to the Fountain because it gave me a chance to wash my hands after lunch. My impression of its beauty only really came after my using it to clean my hands. This is shamefully awkward because the fountain is by Bernini. I know, right?
That night after going back to the Centro we ate dinner in the park and went out on the town for the night. Trastevere in the dark is so lovely! There were people bustling everywhere, gathered around the fountain in front of the Basilica de Santa Maria in Trastevere.
It was one of those moments where you actually can comprehend that you’re in Rome.