Today our destination was the Spanish Steps, taking in the Piazza della Repubblica and other sights on the way, such as the Fontana del Tritone. We appraoched the Spanish Steps from the top and had a really great view over the city. The steps lead down by the side of the Keats-Shelley memorial house and into an area where there are lots of shops. Not far away are the Via Condotti and the Via del Corso. These and many other streets house shops such as Gucci, Versaci to name but a few and of course the Disney store.
Shopping was not the order of the day so we moved onto our next stop, the Villa Borghese gardens. Entering the Piazza del Popolo at the far end there are a set of steps leading to the Pinchio and a spectatular view of the city. You can then walk south into the grounds of the Villa Medici or onto the Villa Borghese gardens themselves. These are huge and are criss-crossed by roads. It maybe hard sometimes to find some peace and quiet in a city but so far we had found it twice.
From here we then had a long walk back down to find the Bocca della Verita, or the Mouth of Truth. This is actually an ancient roman drain cover in the shape of an enormous face, which in medieval times would apparently swallow the hand of anyone who hadn't told the truth. We all have our hands still intact.
From here we caught a cab back to the Piazza di Porta Maggiore. At just over 4 euros it was well worth it and saved Maggies feet from anymore torture. When the cab driver set us down after giving us a tour of the parts of the city he thought would be of interest, he leapt out of the car and shook us by the hand.
Walking is the best way to see Rome as you can catch all the small Piazze's side streets and buildings that you may not see otherwise. We didn't find the cabs too expensive as long as you chose a white one. But the next day we found out that going by metro and bus was even cheaper.