Roaming Rome—Day 1
After some fourteen years, I today ended up in Italy again, for a four day metro-vacation in beautiful Rome. After a short flight from Berlin (delighted by AirBerlin’s service compared to our trip to Brussels last month with brussels airlines) my wife and I arrived at our venue: Suite Beccaria. It’s much smaller than we thought, a B&B in a flat near Piazza del Popolo with about four rooms… Very cosy though, and the bathroom has a whirlpool:-) The bed is good, and they serve breakfast in your room.
After check-in we immediately went out, looking for lunch. From the cab we’d seen a caffeteria named Bar Carrara round the corner, and that one turned out to be a winner. We got excellent pasta including drinks for two for 16€… Later we added espresso and cappuccino – and a bun, to finish the amazing sauce… And I was really astonished when I had to pay only €2.50… in Rome! It seems to be wise to have lunch outside the tourist area, in a place where business people have their break:-)
Eating outside in the hot sun was a pleasure after all the rain in the past weeks, but we soon realised we were not appropriately dressed for the Italian weather. We changed into something lighter and started into the city centre…
First stop: Piazza del Popolo
Nice. The obelisk is beautiful. The place could use some vegetation.
Second stop: Scalinata
Disappointing. I had heard so much about the Spanish Steps that I probably expected too much. They go up. They’re crowded. The surrounding is uninspiring, except for…
Third stop: Keats-Shelley Memorial House
Wow. What a surprise… Romantic poets of English and American fame lived (and died) in Rome. To be precise: John Keats died in a room overseeing the Scalinata on Feb 23, 1821.
O SOFT embalmer of the still midnight!
Shutting with careful fingers and benign
Our gloom-pleased eyes, embower’d from the light,
Enshaded in forgetfulness divine;
O soothest Sleep! if so it please thee, close,
In midst of this thine hymn, my willing eyes,
Or wait the amen, ere thy poppy throws
Around my bed its lulling charities;
Then save me, or the passèd day will shine
Upon my pillow, breeding many woes;
Save me from curious conscience, that still lords
Its strength for darkness, burrowing like a mole;
Turn the key deftly in the oilèd wards,
And seal the hushèd casket of my soul.
The museum is small, but interesting. Pictures, 10k books in an amazingly beautiful library, memorabilia… I liked it.
Fourth stop: Fontana di Trevi
Amazing – worth every minute of (y)our time.
Fifth stop: Pantheon
After a long and winding walk, having coffee on the way and visiting a few nice shops, we arrived at the almost 2My old Pantheon.
Amazing place, amazing light, acoustics, details… Quite crowded unfortunately but that didn’t make my experience less awesome.
There and back again
We strolled back from there to Piazza del Popolo through many small streets, finally found a cute Pizzeria in a side street off Via del Corso.
An exhilarating and exhausting day… More fun today, I reckon. Already love the vibe of Rome:-).