Trevi Fountain, Pantheon and the Spanish Steps
09.01.2008 - 11.01.2008
After a tiresome journey, I got to Rome around 3pm on Wednesday. Heading in to Rome on the express train I have to admit I was a tad disappointed, the apartments and surroundings are far from awe inspiring. Trying to avoid jet lag David, Belinda and myself decided to hit the cobbled streets of Rome almost immediately.
First up, we headed to the Trevi Fountain. As we were trying to find it, we walked down this street and it wasn’t until we heard the cascading water did we realise that it was at the end of what seemed like a backstreet. Surrounded by deli’s and tobacco shops it was here where Rome’s true splendour first showed herself. Although not massive the fountain itself is amazing.
Having got our bearings and feeling confident of navigating the labyrinth of streets, we headed to the Pantheon which was little more than a 10 minute walk away. It's surprising just how close a lot of the landmarks are. Looking at the Pantheon you can see where the likes of the Wall Street Exchange got their inspiration. The outside is lined with columns while the inside is circular. Built as a temple to the Gods in Roman times, it's now used as a Catholic church. It was weird because mass was being conducted when we went in with tourists walking around snapping pictures. The ceiling or better put, the dome, is another feature hard to forget. The centre of the dome, a reasonably small circle, is completely open to the weather so had we walked in on a rainy day, it would've been raining in the centre of the Pantheon.
We then decided to move to the Spanish Steps which again, was a reasonably short distance. Unfortunately, the well known flowers that can often be seen in images of the Spanish steps weren’t out and as such didn’t give the steps the grandiose feel it is well known for. There was also scafolding at the top of the steps which further reduced it's splendour but it was good nonetheless.