Friday, May 06, 2011
Having made it to Rome on Sunday, 17 April, we braved the Leonardo Express from Fumicino Airport to the Roma Termini (not so bad) and the taxi from the station to the hotel (terrifying). We got a little bit settled and then walked up to the top of the street and around the corner to La Scala Ristorante/Pizzeria. There we sat outdoors on a glorious day, had our first true Italian pizza (nice!), and enjoyed this view looking down the block toward the Via Veneto. We went back to this restaurant at the end of our stay in Rome. Nice food, lovely wines, and the staff was easy on the eyes.
After lunch we took a walk down to the Piazza Barberini, viewed the Fontana del Tritone, then hiked up the slopes of the Quirinal Hill to le Quattro Fontane.
I will discuss the museum and churches in another post. This, mind you, was our first outing.
On the way to Sta Maria della Vittoria we saw this imposing Moses at yet another fountain, recalling Moses striking the rock and bringing forth water.
Before that we had passed the Ministry of Defense. Rather a different feel than that of the Pentagon, don't you think?
And when we reached the Piazza della Repubblica we had our first gelato and rested a bit.
I still have to recount our first museum and church and that evening we walked to the Spanish Steps and back.
Battling jet lag all this week, not getting enough sleep, and trying to get over a cold, so I am slow posting photos. But they will come.