Famous Rome, On Foot

campodoglio horseToday, for a change, I mapped out a long walk through Rome sites. First stop – the Victor Emmanuel monument. No picture. It’s a true example of more being less, although I did like the statue of the winged lion.campodolio griffin
Just around the corner, the Capitoline Hill with the Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo and reached by a shallow stairs that could be navigated by men on horseback. At the top, a plaza adorned by an equestrian statue, once thought to be of Constantine, the first Christian emperor (the reason it wasn’t destroyed) but now known to be Marcus Aurelius. On either side of the plaza, museums housed in palaces. Loved the guard ignoring the statue. god in door

The plaza was crowded with tourists and a wedding. The back of the plaza overlooks the Forum – we stood long, looking our fill. We probably won’t go back…Pompeii did it for us.

Nearby looms a statue of Savonarola, that dark Florentine priest, whose political activism, not religious views, became popular during Italy’s struggle for reunification and independence.savonarllo

A walk through the city’s streets, past churches, old houses, more archeological sites, takes us to the Tiber River, green and tree lined.
castel sant'angelo

We pass Castel San’Angelo, Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum, which became a fortress for the pope. Its bridge is lined with Angels and packed with tourists. angel on bridge

More walking, feet beginning to numb. By accident we see the Ara Pacis. A modern glass cube containing an altar consecrated in 9BC in honor of the peace brought to the Roman Empire by Augustus’ military victories. It had been buried for centuries and was only rediscovered in 1937.ara pacis

Walk to the Piazza del Popolo, which centers on an Egyptian obelisk. Weird that it’s even older than the Greek ruins. A cross on top saved it. We sat a on church steps next to a nice dog. The owner mentions that there’s a Caravaggio in the church. Inside we like the gorgon but don’t think much of the painting. Too dark. Mass starts. We leave.
dragon
Metro (ah, my happy feet) to the Capuchin Crypt, five rooms in a church which are decorated with the bones of monks. It was eerie and meant to remind us of our short lives. Hubby comments there are nuts in all professions. My thought is that human bones hold the earth together. Here’s a link if you want to read more about it. Because pictures weren’t allowed, real bones from the church in Piazza del Popolo.skull

Comments

  1. Julie Hayhurst says:

    Again Terri, enjoyed the pictures 🙂

  2. Eww to the dead monk! I’m glad they don’t keep that kind of thing at the place where I work. I’m beginning to think that staying home and seeing the world through your eyes is way better than having sore feet myself. You’re a wonderful tour guide, and the pictures are great.

  3. Julie says:

    Pictures are grand! Feels like I traveled with you… Thank you 🙂

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