Our day started very early, alarm set for 4:20, and cool and damp in London. It was drizzling and of course still dark when we caught the shuttle bus back to the airport. We already had our boarding passes so we were able to sleep in a bit more than if we had had to check in. But at least we both got sleep at the hotel even if we weren't exactly rested. Out flight was uneventful and short, only 2 1/2 hours. We landed in Rome to over cast skies but not near as cold or damp. We had no trouble through immigration but they didn't stamp our passports! What is up with that? I wanted a passport stamp! Oh well. The daughter of the owner of our B&B picked us up at the airport. All the cars here are small so we crammed our stuff in her little Fiat and off we went. She works at the airport part time in security and had just gotten off work. We had a nice visit with her on our drive in. It takes about 30 minutes to get into Rome proper from the airport.
Our B&B is right across the street from the Vatican wall. It is a nice little place and the room is comfy. They gave us a map and we set off to explore. We walked and walked and walked! It was wonderful. We first walked to a place to exchange some money so we could buy lunch. We ate at a nice little restaurant and I had a caprese pizza (sp?) and Glenn had a calzone. They were both yummy and we ate almost all since it was almost 2:00 by the time we had lunch.
We walked along the streets and Glenn took pictures as we went. The first place we went to was the Piazza Popolo which is a huge plaza with big sculptures and a fountain. There were some street performers there and lots of people. It was really nice and was the first glimpse of things to come. We walked on to the Spanish steps. They were neat and we walked up and then back down. There were a lot of people so Glenn couldn't get the pictures he wanted but he still got some good ones. We headed to the Trevi fountain from there but stopped along the way at several other sights. I love the architecture here. The Trevi fountain was breath taking. It was so huge and yes, there were a lot of people there but nothing like during peak season. We were able to get some good pictures and I really enjoyed taking it all in.
Next we headed towards the Pantheon but again came across things to stop and see. One of the things were these really old stone pillars at the Palazzo Ferrini Cini. I heard a tour guide talking to her group about this being typical Roman work , taking something really old and building new stuff incorporating it. After that we got to the Pantheon. It was once again a breath taking sight. We went inside and Glenn got some beautiful pictures. Inside is Raphael's tomb. It has a large hole in the ceiling and the floor underneath it is concave rock with drainage places in it. It was very peaceful inside. While we were inside it started raining some. It was more of a heavy mist and it didn't bother us at all. We headed toward home but stopped once again along the way. We went to the Piazza Navona where there were more fountains and statues. There was a large Neptune fighting an octopus and we thought of Gary and his great fight with an octopus. There was also the fountain where Tom Hanks pulls out the last priest in Angels and Demons. It was a beautiful and very large piazza.
We walked back to our B&B going past Corte Di Cassaazione, past a bridge with angels, past the Castle St. Angelo and looking down the street at St. Peter's Basilica all lit up since by this time it was getting dark. We made it back to our B&B and feel like we have done well for the day. Since we ate lunch so late we are snacking for dinner. It is very quiet here with nice sounds of the traffic going by since we have our balcony door open. We are planning on getting to bed early since tomorrow is a big day and we want to look our best for the Pope!