rome, part three

Sunday was the one day where we actually had to be somewhere at a certain time. We had to make reservations at the Borghese Gallery, where they only let in 300-some people at a time for two-hour windows. I made the reservations (before we left home) for 1pm. The gallery is set in a mansion on what was formerly a private estate, which is now a large public park. Before our designated time at the gallery, we spent some wonderful time exploring the great park. This was really fun for us, because we felt like we were seeing real Romans doing regular Sunday things, like walking their dogs and playing with their kids.

Approaching the Borghese Gallery.

The gallery displayed an amazing private collection of art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. I particularly enjoyed the statues by Bernini. (No cameras allowed inside. In fact, they even make women check their purses before entering.) We would definitely recommend a visit here for those heading to Rome.

After our tour of the gallery, we stopped at an outdoor cafe in the park and enjoyed a couple of yummy sandwiches (and of course gelato).

We made a quick stop at the hotel and then decided to head over to the Pantheon, the one major site we hadn’t seen yet. As was often the case throughout our entire trip, we enjoyed the journey as much as the destination.

Victor Emmanuel Monument

So, here’s the Pantheon, obscured by scaffolding on one side and random strangers on the other. Oh well.

I was pretty amazed by the Pantheon, with its perfect sphere of a dome that was constructed over 2000 years ago. I also liked that it was built for people to worship the many gods.

Those are some big columns!

After touring the Pantheon, we walked to a nearby square, which ended up being one of my favorite spots in Rome. It was lively and great for people-watching. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of vino at one of the cafes lining the square.

Piazza Navona

Our last stop for the evening was for dinner. We tried a great ristorante/pizzeria and enjoyed some amazing prosciutto and mozzarella followed by a fabulous margherita pizza. We then visited a gelateria around the corner (suggested by the couple from Idaho sitting at the table next to us) and enjoyed our best gelato yet in Rome as a nice dessert on our way back to the hotel.

The restaurant was in a former church.

Amazingly, our time in Rome was already over. The next day was our travel day to Venice. We arrived at the train station about an hour before our train was scheduled to depart, and once there, I realized that we’d forgotten to get our items out of the safe in our hotel room. This included my wallet, Craig’s bank card, and our emergency US cash (about $200)! Thankfully, we were only about five blocks from the hotel, so I had time to run back to get our things while Craig stayed put with all of our luggage. We made it on the train with just a few minutes to spare. This was the one day of our trip where the weather was not great (it was raining), but we enjoyed the views as we traveled through the Italian countryside over the four-hour journey.

Next up: Venezia!

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8 Responses to rome, part three

  1. Oooh! Piazza Navona was one of our faves too!
    But we did not get the pleasure of the Borghese Gallery. Sounds marvelous! Guess we’ll have to return! 😉

  2. kris says:

    Once again you are posting beautiful photos of your amazing trip!!

    Thank goodness you made it back to the hotel to the items out of your safe!!

  3. Kala says:

    I love hearing about your trip and all the pictures. It makes me want to pack a bag and hop on a plane!

  4. Christine says:

    I can’t even imagine the feeling you had when you discovered you left things in the safe… WOW! Glad it all worked out though… WHEW!

    When I make it back to Italy, that gallery is going on my list, definitely. As is that restaurant since I am craving your entire meal right now!

  5. Kelly says:

    Awww, Italia. What fun you had! I have to admit I like hearing all about the food, vino and gelato you had as much as (or more than?) the art and ruins you experienced. Should I be embarrassed by that? Too bad! My heart started racing when you said you left your stuff in the safe and barely made it back to your train. I LOVE Venice so I can’t wait for those posts!!

  6. Leah says:

    Your pictures are amazing! And your trip sounds like it was a wonderful time! Italy is definitely high on my list of places to visit, and you really showed the beauty there. I want nothing more right now than to go to Rome and have a glass of wine while people watching. Hmmmmmm. 🙂

  7. Krista says:

    What unique trees in the first picture!
    Matt did the same thing in Seoul – he left a few hundred in his coat liner on the back of a chair in the SWS. We had to hire a motorcylist to bring it to the airport for us – stressful!! Glad you got all your stuff before the train left!

  8. sue says:

    i’m so glad you remembered your stuff before you got on the train!!! the museum and park you mentioned look so relaxing. i can’t wait to keep reading!

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