Roman Holiday (Part IV) : The Essential Rome.

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Fourth and final day in Rome. Time to make a wish! After a hurried calculation on whether it would be more economical to make a wish on ‘Euro’ or ‘Swiss francs’, I tossed a coin in Trevi fountain.

If you are wondering which one I ended up on, the answer is – both! In all my excitement (and calculation) I forgot to make a wish at the first toss of coin!

 

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Fontana dei Trevi

 

The centre figure of largest and most famous fountain of Rome is Neptune. And it probably, takes its name after one of the girl figurines on the reliefs, called Trivia. Also a wild horse being tamed on one side and a calmer one on the other show the two moods of the sea! Brilliant!  Day or night this fountain is always thronged by tourists. Not easy to get a clear shot, at all!

 

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Fished some coins and ready to go!

 

 

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There you go!

 

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My turn!

 

After Trevi fountain we went winding through some…

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Narrow lanes

 

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and passing doors with ancient grandiose and touch of romance

 

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Pausing for a peep at a window display of handmade goods…

 

Highly recommended place for handcrafted leather goods is ‘Leather Craftsman’ at Vicolo dei Maroniti.

 

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some more photogenic objects

 

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Another lovely cast iron gate

 

And just like that, the monotony of a pale sky was shattered by sunlight, pouring down generously. I took a moment to soak in some sun while my husband tried to capture the play of sunshine and shade.

 

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Play of sun and shade

 

And there we were at Piazza Navona, one of the loveliest and most alive city squares, its liveliness permeating since two thousand years, since the area around it has been inhabited. The square is surrounded by pavement cafés, palaces and centred around Bernini’s most magnificent fountain.

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Piazza Navona

 

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The four statues in the fountain represent, four great rivers of the world. Ganga, is one of them!

 

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An artist awaiting an art devotee

 

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and there he comes!

 

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:)

 

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Social centre then, social centre now!

 

 

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Walk through Old Rome Charm!

 

We made several compulsive stops at some lovely shops on the most loved fashion streets around Piazza di Spagna, before reaching the buzzing Spanish Steps, which is pretty regular about Spanish Steps, especially during summer nights.

An american gentleman, initiated a conversation here, with ‘Namaste, kaise hain?‘, taken aback with surprise we mumbled in a mix of Hindi and English. Well, that was all he knew for Hindi. His wife then offered to take this picture of us!

 

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Picture of a happy family – Man, Wife and Shopping bags!!

 

A kid let go off his balloon.

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One flew over the Spanish Steps!

 

 

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Trinita dei Monti, 16th century church

 

The cafes and tea-rooms around this piazza have been frequented by big guns like Keats, Byron, Wagner, Dickens to name a few.

 

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Serving English Tea since 1896!

 

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This is the first place I’m going to for food, next whenever I’m in Rome

 

As beautiful as its name (meaning field of flowers) and close to Piazza Navona, it is as bustling and peppy as a morning fruit/flower market can get. Best of all, we had the heartiest meal of our entire trip here.

 

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From the restaurant table @ Maranega

 

 

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That’s as far as I can get when it comes to ‘food’ pictures…

 

 

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The Pantheon – ‘Temple of all Gods (and tourists)’ !

 

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An ‘oculus’ in the dome behind the portico in front is the only light source of this magnanimous affair

 

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It is one of the most well preserved ancient buildings of Rome, dates back to 1st century A.D

 

 

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Piazza della Rotunda

 

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A second visit to Piazza Navona

 

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Re-visting Bernini’s fountain

 

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Creating some more memories

 

With this we pretty much covered the Rome that features in movies and where I’ve seen Ranbir Kapoor  running errands and dancing in the song ‘Small Town Girl’ also these were the places with most concentration of tourists.

Having made an enormous effort since for days on foot, there was still some more of it left…

 

….like the capitoline hill.

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Stained glass window in Santa Maria in Aracoeli

 

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View of the city from Capitoline Hill

 

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The Capitoline Museums behind me

 

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A Dome in Rome!

 

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A stunning snippet from the Victor Emmanuel Monument

 

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Us at the stringently guarded Victor Emmanuel Monument

 

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Looking back, fondly

 

Ending the way I began it...this time joining in with Robert Browning ''Everyone soon or late comes round by Rome''.

Arrivederci Roma!! ‘You may have the universe, if I may have Italy’ Giuseppe Verdi

 

It wasn’t an Audrey Hepburn style scooting-off-on-a-vespa holiday. It was romantic and adventurous, nevertheless. I loved all the sites of Rome, its ancient doors, streets closing in on you, the smell of leather in leather workshop, the plundered ruins and some great pastas, how I was stopped on the streets to be complimented on my ‘Indian’ dress or Roman shoes, queuing for gelato at San Crispino and the triumphant tiredness of walking the craggy roman streets for four days. We had it all and loved it all!

Ending in the same note I began with…only thing, this time joining in with Robert Browning,

”Everyone sooner or later comes round by Rome!”

Comments

  1. hi P S u r a wonderful travel writer. Thousand Years of Building Rome — very beautifully depicted.as always photographs are marvellous indeed a very good travelogue.keep it up dear.

  2. Cobbled streets: love ! 🙂