My second day in Rome started out early. I was the first one to get up and I prepared for the day ahead. Breakfast started at 7am in a nearby cafe. I plotted out my itinerary for the day.
|There's a heart in my coffee.|
I cannot get lost.
I cannot make mistakes.
I do not have the time to get lost or to make mistakes.
I headed off to Termini Station to ride the metro. I still wanted to use the metro instead of the bus system as my primary mode of transportation. Luck wasn’t on my side. There was a rally that day and the metro was closed. Phoooey. A lot of tourists were also disappointed.
My next option, was to walk, walk and walk to get to those spots. Under the sun. For one whole day. I briefly considered to sign up for a tour or a hop-on hop-off bus but I immediately dismissed the idea. I didn’t like the idea of having a stone-set itinerary, even though I had limited time in Rome.
The nearest tourist spot is Piazza di Spagna or The Spanish Steps. This is near the Spagna metro station – three metro stations away from Termini. And I mean awaaaaaaaay. I wasn’t alone in conquering Rome on foot. Lots of tourists are also walking with their Rome maps – like me. I also got to see shops that I wouldn't have seen if I rode the metro.
The Spanish Steps. Not a lot to see here. Just here for photo-ops.
|Bad posing. I look so stiff.|
|View at the top|
Had a chit chat with a local who took this photo. He said rallies were quite common in Rome.
It was a long and hot walk to Piazza del Popolo. This is near Flaminio station of the metro - just one metro station away from Spagna.
|A sunny day in Rome. The weather is both a blessing and a curse.|
There was a church nearby where the Angels and Demons movie was shot. I didn't have the energy to find it. There were a couple of other spots in the map but I decided to skip those because walking was very tiring already. The places are really scattered all over.
I headed just to Fontana di Trevi. People are swarming the place. I think they close the fountain at times to the crowd.
While waiting, I decided to have lunch already. That coffee and croissant that I had at breakfast was completely burned from all that walking. I had this meal for €8. The fries were slightly undercooked though.
There is traditional legend that if you throw a coin in Trevi Fountain, you are guaranteed to return to Rome. I threw a couple of coins.
Sorry, but the fountain wasn't really that spectacular for me. I think the crowd took away the charm of the place.
Next stop: The Pantheon. Good thing it was just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain.
|The standard picture|
The Rotunda outside the Pantheon.
Kalesa, Italian version.
|My ride. Yeah right.|
From the Panteon, it was another short walk going to Piazza Navona. This is one of the sites in the movie Angels and Demons where the body of a priest was dumped.
|The body was dumped in this fountain.|
This is one lousy shot - construction site at the left, and a passerby at the right. Of course, I went to a different spot to have my photo taken again.
This was the last stop in my Rome-in-a-day plan. I could go back for the other places I skipped in the map but I figured that I had enough for the day. I wanted to explore the ruins while I had the time. I traced my footsteps going back to the Colosseum.
|Crowd crowd crowd|
Passed by this not so ancient building, just because it was in the map.
|Outside the Ministry of Culture and Heritage|
Overall, these sights were historic in their own right. Perhaps I just didn't feel any magic in any of the place I visited. I visited the Colosseum the day before so this set a high bar for all the sights in Rome.