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Rome. Day 2 - La Tour Grande


We thought we would take it easy this morning. We had planned to get up around 7 but someone had turned off the volumes on both iPads so the alarms never went off.

Breakfast in the hotel was included so we went down and was pleasantly surprised with the choices. Suitably stuffed we headed out to the metro to go a few stops to Spagna. From there we exited to the top of the station to find the great view over the city.

Along the road in the photo they had Segways for hire.



The view was amazing. This is St. Peter's in the Vatican in the distance..



Looking down into Piazza del Popolo.



Apparently all churches in Rome have domes. So when the Church of England had their church built the British architect said all English churches have spires so our one will in Rome.



On to the Spanish steps and the start of the tourist trail and the usual crowds.



The fountain at the bottom of the steps. Opposite the richest road in Rome. Where all the top fashion shops are.



No trip to Rome can go without the obligatory visit to the fountains of Trevi.



Walking on from the fountains we came up to Piazza Colonna and the spire there.



One of the most famous landmarks which pre-dates the Colosseum. The Pantheon.



The dome has a hole in the middle which lets in a fantastic ray of light. Obviously it would also let in the rain so the floor is also slightly domed so he water runs away to the edges.



The ray of light also gives strong contrast to the illumination of the inside.

Apparently the Pantheon was built as a Pagan monument but later changed into a church. Mass is still performed every Sunday. So it is still very much a working church.



Very close to the Pantheon is Piazza Navona. Lined with restaurants and historic buildings.



The fountain. It seems like there is either a fountain or statue everywhere you turn.



It was now very hot and Natasha was feeling the heat so we decided to head back to the hotel. But by now we were quite a long way from the Metro. So we headed towards the Colosseum Metro station and came across this spectacular Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele.


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