There’s so much to see and enjoy in Rome, that is, if you can manage to look past the hordes of fellow tourists that seem to be following you just about everywhere you go. Even this late in the year, in the first days of November, the streets were packed. But Rome did her best, it was still sunny and warm weather, perfect conditions for a tour of the Eternal City in other words. It must have been ten years since the last time. I can still recall my daughter’s face after another long day of walking, one too many gelatos, paninis and a bland pasta dish somewhere in the vicinity of Piazza Navona. It’s hard work being a tourist, they say.

hands_of_god_and_adamThis time around I only had three objectives: to see the Sistine Chapel for the first time, then take a good look the Saint Peter’s Basilica’s interior and visit the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, or more precisely, to see Bernini’s famous marble sculpture of Santa Teresa in Ecstasy. Then I would visit the Pantheon, stop by the Colosseum and the Spanish Steps in between, in random order and if time allowed, I thought. And for that reason perhaps, since I didn’t come here to simply to enjoy the city and the major sights for the first time, I found Rome suffocating. Yet, for a person with an insatiable appetite for travel, history, culture; all the good stuff, then Rome is hard to avoid, the crowds notwithstanding. I know, it’s the same in Florence and Venice.

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Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

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