Dolly Travels: Our First Day in Rome

Author: , May 31st, 2015

Pantheon Rome

I hope you will forgive me for not blogging sooner. We have been busy!

For the first time ever, all 6 of us in my travel group flew over to Rome together. Five of us left Sacramento early Monday morning and flew to Washington D.C., where we met our 6th person, Shelora, who flew from Portland. Our connection between flights was so tight I wasn’t sure Shelora was with us, till I saw her enter the plane. Yay!

We arrived in Rome early Tuesday morning, with no problems. We went to our apartment, which is located in the Campo di Fiori neighborhood. This location is ideal…we are near a main boulevard and also close to many of Rome’s attractions.

The weather was great, but we were tired. We went out for some food….didn’t know if we wanted breakfast or lunch, so I settled for a doppio caffe and a pizza. We all unpacked, but in spite of my better judgment, we each took a nap. Then we were ready to go again. In late afternoon we walked across the boulevard and in 2 blocks we were at the Piazza Navona.

After wandering around the Piazza for a while, we headed over to the Pantheon. That structure is still so amazing. The original building was a pagan temple, but in A.D. 120, Emporer Hadrian built what we see today. I got a chuckle out of a conversation I had with another Amercian tourist, who was very well-informed about the Pantheon.

I was impressed, so I had to ask him how he knew so much about this place, and he replied, “Rick Steves” and showed me his guidebook, which, of course, was the same book I was carrying. Obviously, I hadn’t read my book as well as the man from Georgia had read his.

We left the Pantheon, and were searching for a good restaurant, when it started to rain. Fortunately, we found a good place. By the time we finished eating, the rain had stopped, and we went back to our apartment.

We all were in bed within minutes of arriving at the apartment. Tired, weary, but so happy to be back in Italy, and in the beautiful city of Rome.

Now we are tired again, after another full day, so I will close for now, and tell you more about Rome tomorrow.

Ciao for now,


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Rome Day Four, Part 2: The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Campo de Fiori

Author: , June 7th, 2012

Ancient Rome's Shopping Mall

Julius CaesarAfter a quick lunch, we headed back down past the Forum – across the street, there’s another grand set of ruins, the Foro di Traiano (Trajan’s Forum), once a grand shopping mall for ancient Romans. In front of these are several statues – on of Julisus Caesar, and one of Emperor Augustus.

Pantheon, RomeWe wandered through the back streets of Rome to see the Pantheon, one of Emperor Hadrian’s creations – this building is famous for the oculus, the perfectly round hole in the center of the dome that was the largest self-supported dome of its time.

Fountain in Rome Near PantheonIt’s a beautiful building on the inside, with a stately entry and an strangely rough side exterior – and it’s free and open to the public.

There’s also a grand fountain in the Piazza in front of the pantheon with a series of comical faces.

Piazza Navona, RomeNext, we found our way to Piazza Navona. The last time we were here, the fountains in the Piazza were covered for restoration – this time, everything was open to see.

The elongated plaza features three fountains, two identical ones at either end, and one in the center featuring a huge pylon.

Piazza Navona ArtThis is the place to come for local art – there were probably 50 booths here when we visited, with everything from tiny postcard-sized art to much larger pieces.

Hunky American From IndianaWhile we were here, Italian Marco got a hand from a hunky American from Indiana for a photo, and returned the favor.

There were also a couple human status here, and our favorite, a man with a sword, made to look like a bronze statue, was really funny… he was a little too enamored with his sword, if you know what I mean.

Time for a merenda – and afternoon snack – a little gelato for Mark and me, and a tint tiny coffee for Marco and Fabrizio. It was nice to set down for a bit and relax and “chiacchiamo” (chit chat) together for a bit.

Campo Dei Fiori StreetwasherAnother walk, and another famous site – the Campo de Fiori – Rome’s early morning flower mart. Our entertainment here – the diver of the street sweeper who seemed to be trying to get as close as he could to the seated tourists without running them over.

In the center of the Piazza, there’s a statue to “A Bruno”, a man burned alive here many years ago… terrible way to go.

Vittorio Emanuele II StatueOn the way back to the B&B, we passed one of the most beautiful masculine statues I’ve ever seen – on top of one side of the monument of Vittorio Emanuele II – three shirtless men in various poses in white marble against a blue sky. Che bello.

Every day here, we’ve walked for something like eight hours. I better be skinny by the tome I get home.