Monday, January 5, 2009

Rome Day 3 (28 Dec 08): The Most Walking Yet (10 Hours Straight!)

The day started out with a subway ride to the Colosseum. From there we got lost on the way to the Capitoline Museums, which was actually a good thing, because we got great pictures of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill:

We finally got to the Capitoline Museums, which has the grand Piazza Del Campidoglio in front of it, designed by Michelangelo:

Our original plan was to stay at the Capitoline Museum for an hour. We ended up staying for four. There were a lot of interesting things to see. Here’s the Hall of Emperors, with the original busts of the Roman Emperors:

Also interesting is the Red Satyr:

And the She Wolf (the wolf is circa 500 B.C., and Romulus and Remus added circa 150 A.D.).

After we were able to extricate ourselves from the Museum, L and I made our way to the Chiesa Di Santa Maria Della Vittoria where we saw Bernini’s The Ecstasy of St. Therese, named such because, well, she does look like she’s in ecstasy:

A short trip back in the Centro Storico, L and I went to Caffe Sant' Eustachio and tried the coffee which the book 1000 Things To Do Before You Die and other guides (and yes, also the New York Times) say is the best espresso in the world.  Check out how frothy it is:

At Piazza Navonna, L and I saw another Bernini masterpiece, the Four Rivers:

Wandered around the Christmas market there

And ate a gigantic fried doughnut with nutella on top (nutella!):

Dinner was at a wonderful restaurant we just wandered into out of sheer hunger, which had the best pizza we’ve ever had! It was artichokes, speck and mushrooms:

We also had orrichete with clams and broccoli:

And a very simple, very good table wine:

Eating that much recharged us, so L and I went back to the Pantheon, the Piazza Del Campidoglio and the Colosseum, which were much nicer (and deserted) at night.

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