Sunday, November 2, 2008

Rome - A walking tour!

We returned to Rome today and were here for the day before going back to Sardinia tomorrow for a week.

To make the most of this day, I had planned for us to visit the Victor Emmanuel monument, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza di Spagna (the location of the famous "Spanish Steps". A big task in one afternoon.

We started our way along the road which runs parallel to the Colosseum (near our apartment) and walked past the roman forum until we reached the Piazza Venezia that is dominated by the Victor Emmanuel monument. Along the way we noticed a bunch of ruins which seemed to be part of the Roman Forum. Michael calls them the "brokens". His translation from "ruins" I suppose. It makes sense if you put your 4 year old hat on!!

This Piazza famous also for the address to the nation given by Benito Mussolini where he asked the nation to give him "4 more years" not long before he pledged Italy's allegiance to Adolf Hitler in the second world war, a loss which Italy took decades to recover from. I still recall stories I heard from people living in Italy about the after war. As Italy was on the losing side, the situation was grim and Mussolini was blamed. He was later hanged in Milan from a meat hook in 1945.

We then made our way to the Trevi Fountain. I have never seen such massive crowds. It was unbearable unfortunately so we went in, took our pictures and video and had to leave before Michael was squashed by the rude people. We did not enjoy it because of this. It was a national public holiday today too so that might account for the crowds.

The spanish steps below, again we could not believe the crowds.

Next post, Michael's Colosseum...

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