Buonasera. Oggi Roma era soleggiata e piacevole. Since it rained all day yesterday, the sun and blue sky today was a welcome change.
Today was spent going to some of the big sites in Rome including the Spanish Steps, the Piazza del Popolo, the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and the Trevi Fountain.
My first stop of the day was at the Spanish Steps. Since it’s the offseason here in Rome, the steps weren’t too crowded and it was easy to walk up and down them. During the summer, they are usually full of people who are sitting on them and getting around can be a challenge.
After the Spanish Steps I went to the Piazza del Popolo to see an Egyptian obelisk from the time of Rameses II that was brought to Rome several hundred years ago.
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When I was finished visiting Piazza del Popolo, I headed over to the Altare della Patria which is translated into Altar of the Fatherland. The site is also known as the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, which honors Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy. Aside from housing a small museum within the monument, the Altare della Patria is home to the Italian Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Like the Tomb of the Unknowns in the United States, there are tomb guards and there is a changing of the guard. Video of the guard change and photos of the tomb are below. There is also a photo from the memorial roof which provides a distant view of the Coliseum on the right side of the photo.
My final stop of the day was the Trevi Fountain. It’s regarded as the most famous fountain in the world and the legend says that if you throw one coin into the fountain, one day you will return to rome. If you throw two coins into the fountain, you will return to Rome and find love here. Being the bachelor that I am, I thought it would be appropriate to throw in two coins.
In between my walks to all of the places I saw today, I encountered a few churches and went inside of them. They were all very nice and had some neat paintings and statues throughout.
Tomorrow and Saturday are when I plan to visit some of the more famous churches here in Rome, but I still got some pictures of the lesser known ones that I visited today.
I hear that it is still cold back home, so to all of my Kansas family and friends, stay warm.
Until next time….