24 Hours in Rome

How do you spend the last few hours in Rome? Should you set on a monument hopping tour, binge on Gelatos, or sit in a cafe and let time slip away? It’s a tough choice. But when the weather is perfect — you might want to let your feet — carry you wherever they might want to. After-all, you’re in Rome. You’re bound to come across something interesting. 

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It was our fourth and final day in Rome. There was much left to discover. So, we thought of slowing down the pace, and making the most of what we saw.

The Pantheon

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On the outside, the Pantheon looked to be in a state of ruin. The graying rocks and towering Corinthian pillars were partly reinforced with scaffolding. It would take much more — than vivid imagination — to re-construct this ancient Roman wonder.

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Light funneled through the oculus of the giant dome above. At the risk of twisting our necks — we stared as long as we could. There seemed to be something surreal about it. As if the heavens had opened and flooded the orifice with free flowing light.

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The present day Pantheon is, a child, born of an unlikely marriage between ancient Roman architecture and catholic effigies. The monument, believed to be, dedicated to ‘one god’ has transformed into a church of St. Mary. The audio guide mumbled in a slow steady flow. We walked around and observed frozen statues of religious figures and crypts of the deceased royals. The setting seemed a little strange.

Trevis Fountain

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It was hard to get a good view of the fountain with the pool of crowding tourists. Some of whom — indulged in coin throwing. The statue of Neptune seemed equally puzzled.

Spanish Steps

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A mild drizzle brought down the temperature. We made our way to the Spanish Steps. Tourists neatly dotted the rows of steps that lead to the church above. We sat for a while — and admired the view below.

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The Church of Trinità dei Monti sits comfortably at the apex of the steps. The view from here is not one to be missed. We entered the quaint church and the silence inside was truly rewarding. I’ve always appreciated the solitude of an empty church. The quiet was, occasionally, broken by groups of curious tourists. It was a good place to sit and think of our journey so far. To complete our experience — a group of nuns and priests, seated separately, started to sing hymns. It’s one of those experiences we’d never forget. Six years later, their voices still resound in my memory. The acoustics of the church compensated for the lack of amplifying devices and their pure faith — the richness of music.

Villa Borghese Gardens

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We continued are walk along the narrow cobbled streets of Rome. Villa Borghese gardens was our last stop for the day. The smell of wet mud, fresh leaves, and crisp air — was all we needed to end our European sojourn.

 

 

 

37 responses to “24 Hours in Rome

  1. so much history there… never been there, and I have always wanted to visit… I especially like the photos from the Borghese Gardens 🙂

    • Our first Europe trip was a test of our ability to save every penny and plan a multi-country trip. It will always remain close to our hearts. The effort, worry, and sweat was worth it. And your comment proves it! Thank you, Alexandra! And might I confess, I so want to visit your country. Your visuals are truly stunning. 🙂

      • it was absolutely worth it 🙂
        aww, wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could come for a visit 🙂 if you ever do, we’ll go out photoshooting 🙂 and honestly such words really inspires me to continue taking pictures ♥

      • Hehe! Alexandra, you’d have to go for a photoshoot with Basil, my hubby. 🙂 He’s the one capturing these visuals. I’m sure he would love it. And he would learn so much from your style. I only process the pics and write of our journey. Your praise means so much to us! I do wish we can visit someday.

      • and I need to learn from you more about writing enticing texts… 🙂 you two guys are doing great job together 🙂 keep it up… and who knows, someday maybe, you may be writing a text about Bg 😉

    • Thanks, Kim! I struggled to write this one. And maybe all of the others! Haha! I’m glad, I’m done with it. Basil will have one less travel memory to crib about. 🙂 He’s been prodding me to write a post on almost every place we’ve been. Sigh!

      • Lol a travel writer’s job is never done. How’s Basil at writing? Maybe he would like to help out? I can relate as I struggle to write posts about places I’ve been, particularly if it was done years ago! Remembering the details is getting harder 🙂

      • I’ve been prodding Basil to start writing. And then he asks me to shortlist photos. Sigh! I think he will be reasonably good at it. 🙂 Very different from me though. We’re as different as chalk and cheese.
        Love your posts. The photos look gorgeous! And you take me to places I’ve never been.

  2. And I thought there’ll be some pictures of gelato.. but my bad luck…lol!!!
    Lovely pictures.. I specially liked the trevi fountain!

  3. Such a wonderful city and you’ve captured it beautifully here Cheryl. Love the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, brought back many happy memories.

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