Sunny Rome

We parked the car by the river Tiber and walked along the river . . .

Hospital on Island in the Tiber

Hospital on Island in the Tiber

. . . . to the Jewish Quarter where we had lunch – deep fried globe artichokes followed by spaghetti with cheese and black pepper and then oxtail in a rich tomato sauce.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon

Trattoria da Giggetto

Trattoria da Giggetto

We sauntered through the streets of shops, enjoying Rome’s piazzas and basilicas.  There was so much to see and enjoy including the Pantheon, where the roof is open to the elements but no rain ever comes in.  We stopped for coffee but didn’t accept the outside tables offered, where all the tourists go, we went inside, drank our coffee standing at the bar before moving on.  Later we stopped for an ice cream, again not using the tables but doing it Roman style and taking our ice creams outside to eat sitting on the steps.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

Quick Coffee Stop

Quick Coffee Stop

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain was packed with tourists so we soon moved on to the Parliament Square, where we saw politicians being interviewed by the press, before finally reaching the magnificent  Colosseum, constructed between 70 and 80 AD which was the largest amphitheatre in the world and could seat 50,000 spectators.  On Good Fridays the Pope leads a torchlit “Way Of The Cross” procession starting at the Colosseum.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

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