Italy 2011: Day 1

After a short flight from Paris, we landed in Rome! We stayed at the Residenza Cellini, which was conveniently located just steps from the Repubblica metro and within walking distance of most of the major attractions.

Read (and see) more after the jump!

It was 3:00 pm before we were ready to begin exploring, and so we grabbed some subpar pizza from a place on the corner for sustenance. Then we set out to find the Trevi Fountain! As usual, it was crowded, but we managed to squeeze our way to the front to toss in our coins. Throwing coins into the fountain is supposed to guarantee your return to Rome, and it worked for us last time!

We then moved on to the Spanish Steps.

After the Spanish Steps, we headed out for the Ara Pacis. I got caught up in people watching, however, and missed the turn. We ended up at the Piazza del Popolo before I realized that we were off track.

After some scrutinizing of the map to figure out exactly where we were and how we had gotten off course, we managed to find the Ara Pacis. We hadn’t seen the Ara Pacis the last time we were in Rome, so I had wanted to ensure that we got a chance to see it. I am glad that we did; it was amazing. The altar is huge – much larger than I expected – and the carvings are so beautifully detailed.

Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis

I really could have stayed in there, admiring the Ara Pacis all day, but we set out to see the Pantheon. The Pantheon was closed for some sort of ceremony, however, so we decided to come back and see it the next day. We wandered over the Piazza Navona, where we decided it was time to sit down and have a drink. We went to Cul de Sac, a cute wine bar just around the corner. The fantastic fresh bread we received with our wine was probably the best bread of our trip, and we ordered a cheese plate as well. We decided to call that – and some gelato purchased back on the piazza – dinner, and then we went home to get some much needed sleep.

Stay tuned for more!

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