Rome - Day 2

September 25, 2006 After our lovely sit down breakfast at our hotel, we headed for the metro, which was incredibly crowded, you just have to sandwich yourself in the best you can. Our day began with visiting Piazza Navona, which is a famous square in Rome and for you Dan Brown fans, it was talked about in Angels and Demons. One of the fountains in the square, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, is listed as one of the Altars of Science.

Campo de’ Fiori is another famous piazza, which is close to Piazza Navona. Our main attraction here was the market. Jim bought a Roma football team jackety thing - he didn’t have another jacket with him and Jim and I did a tag team bargaining match to get me a deal on a purse. Unfortunately at this point in the day it started to rain, so we obtained shelter at a covered outdoor cafe and people-watched for a while, which is actually one of our favourite activities on vacation. We then made our way to the Pantheon…wow. Again, I am not doing Rome justice. The Pantheon seemed larger than life and made me feel like I was on the set of the series, Rome. It’s in a square with cafes, shops, restaurants, etc, but then you have this massive ancient building standing there perfectly in tact, it was very overwhelming.

It continued to rain throughout the day and got progressively worst, we even invested in a second umbrella. In the afternoon we decided to take advantage of Roman Odyssey’s guided tour of the Vatican Museum. We had to stand in line in the pouring rain for almost 1 hour, my umbrella even started to leak. Apparently Rome only gets rain like that 4 or 5 days a year. There was so much rain, that it even made the evening news. The Vatican Museum was impressive, but it was also incredibly crowded. The museum was not originally built as a museum and cannot adequately handle the crowds. We did get to see the spectactular sistine chapel. The Vatican museum was definitely worth seeing and I think it’s one of those things that you have to do. It was definitely not the highlight of my trip to Rome. In addition to not really liking museums,  I had not eaten lunch or had much to drink and I was getting to the point where I really thought I was going to pass out amongst the crazed museum goers.

After our museum tour we made our way back to our hotel, with a cafe stop and thunder and lightning show along the way. For supper we ate at Speck, see post entitled Smoked ham for more details.