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Kingsley in Italy
Recommendations : 622 Recommend it!
Country Italy
City or Region Rome
Travelling with Jilly, Ali and Maggie
Travel date 01 Apr 2003
What you've been doing

The Pantheon is located in perhaps one of the most picturesque squares forming the southern edge of the Piazza della Rotonda. The square is edged with cafes and is popular with the tourists. Just sitting on the steps of the fountain in the middle eating an icecream in the sunshine is a great way to take in the atmosphere. The Pantheon itself is a must if you want to see the engineering feats of Hadrian who completed it in 125 AD. The diameter is equal to its height and the hole in the centre of the ceiling is 9 m across. With no visible means of holding the whole thing up it made me wonder just how did they do it.

After a welcome rest we moved onto the Piazza Navona. It is very pretty again surrounded by cafes with 3 wonderful fountains and the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. Apparently we had been told the best time to see this was at night but we enjoyed it savouring the atmosphere as we walked around it, marvelling at Bernini's fountain. If you like Bernini's work then Rome is the place for you as they seemed to pop up everywhere. All around the square there were artists selling their paintings or offering to do one of us. Stalls selling pizza and of course t-shirts were there too but what we did not enjoy was having to avoid the other street traders, trying to push their wares into our hands.

As it was still a beautiful day and as we were very close to it, we headed for our last stop of the day, the Fontana di Trevi.

Added : 13 Apr 2003, 18:22:02 (UK time)
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