Highlights of Rome

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We went from meeting Jon’s family in Agropoli to welcoming my cousin & her family to Rome.  It was the best feeling watching them pull up to the hotel in a taxi and getting to hug close family for the first time in 7 months!

As soon as they arrived we wanted to keep moving to help them all adjust to the time change.  So we walked to the top sights of Rome.  The first stop was the Spanish Steps to have gelato.  Apparently, as soon as the kids heard gelato, this was their top pick as well!

 

Oh my gosh we are in Italy at the Spanish Steps!!!

Oh my gosh we are in Italy at the Spanish Steps!!!

Fun fact, the Spanish steps were actually paid for by the French, but named after the Spanish embassy in the piazza.

Mike, Thomas, Christine & Megan enjoying gelato on the Spanish Steps.

Mike, Thomas, Christine & Megan enjoying gelato on the Spanish Steps.

Next we walked through the designer stores to get to the Pantheon.  The Pantheon is one of the best preserved buildings in Rome and is the world’s largest unreinforced dome.  It was built around 27 BC as a pagan temple and since has been converted into a church.  It is called the world’s perfect architectural building, because of it’s balance, symmetry and  proportion.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon with my cousin!

Our last stop was the Trevi Fountain.  Of course a must visit when in Rome.  Most people know that throwing a coin in the fountain ensures a return trip to Rome.  But there is a proper way to throw in the coin.  You have to have your back to the fountain and throw the coin in with your right hand over your left shoulder.  Legend says, 1 coin ensures your return, 2 coins and you will return & fall in love, and 3 coins you will return, fall in love & marry.

The fountain grosses about 600,000 Euros per year, which is donated to charities.  And there are plenty of police around to make sure you don’t jump in!

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain

 

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