Thursday, June 29

Rome, The tourist traps and more, Blogpost 3

Yesterday I left you at Piazza Venezia and the southern end of Via del Corso, also knovn as the shopping street in Rome. If you walk north towards Piazza del Popolo there are many small boutiques open for you to spend some money. Be aware of the size of cloths; you are in Italy.

However, you may very well find what you are looking for in a store like Zara and the building with mirrors of 5 floors is interesting in itself.

Just around the corner you have the Spanish Steps, one of Rome´s most photographed spots.

Some bloks further to the south another tourist trap can be found.
The Trevi Fountain with almost 3000 euros thrown in the water every day. We left some coins in the water last time we were here, and made sure that our return has been fulfilled.
Maybe there will be another return later when my wife throw some coins with the right hand over her left shoulder into the water.

Do not forget to drink a lot in the heat and there are restaurants like this all over the city
Pasta,  anti pasti, pizza and platte primero and secundo can sometime be to much, but when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

And Romans together with tourists eat ice cream all around. "Gelaterias" are all over and in most streets. Italian ice cream is rightly very good.

Crossing the Corso to the west and turning toward the Vatican you will pass the Italian Parliament with the egyptian Obelisk of Montecitorio taken from Egypt in 10 BC,
and behind Panthenon you enter Piazza Navona with fantastic sculptures by della Porta and Bernini together with many coffee places to visit.

Sitting there with the Fountain of Neptune (1574) behind me, I do not understand why the prices of a glass of wine is more expensive in the neighboring streets than actually at Navona.

South of Piazza Navona it is easy to find Campo di Fiori with the daily market of food, vegitables, pastas and flowers . The name is originally Field of Flowers.You do not need to buy anything, and to be honest, the market in Malaga is much more spectacular, but the colors of pasta-bags are nice.

The only area not mentioned in my three blogposts from Rome is the Vatican and Trastevere.
Trastevere means "Beyon the river" and was in the Rome´s regal period (753-509 BC) belonged to the hostile Etruscans. The name was at that time Ripa Etrusca (Etruscan bank). Etruscan people come from Tuscany in northern Italy.
 At that time many sailors and fishermen had taken up residence in Travestere together with immigrants, mainly Syrians and Jews. Under Augustus the name Trans Tiberim was used.

Crossing the Tiber (large river) you see the St.Peter´s Cathedral in the horizont

The houses and narow streets are quite spectacular, and there are lots of coffe-houses open for you.
We however returned to the busy streets in Panthenon area and could say Arrivederci from the hotel´s roof-terrace with the sunset over Panthenons doome

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