WALKING AROUND IN ROME
Rome is a large city, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that it is quite possible to walk all around it in one day. Every building of the EternalCity, every piazza with or without ruins, every fountain is a place where one wants to stop and take lots of pictures. One can take a leisurely stroll along Via Nazionale, window-shopping as well as enjoying the sights: many famous shops are found there. On to Quatro Fontane, a small square with four fountains on its corners, two male, two female. Past Palazzo Barberini, a huge museum where one can spend several days studying masterpieces of painting from several centuries. Alternately, one can take a picture of the palace and keep walking. It’s just a short distance to the famous Trevi Fountain, with its neverending crowds of tourists. One has to visit it each time when in Rome, to stare & marvel at the amazing sculptures, to drop a coin into the water (all the money goes to the fountain maintenance), to take pictures, and then to relax in a café nearby with a cup of coffee or ice-cream. A walk along some shady narrow old streets will bring you to the huge palace built by Emperor Victor Emmanuel in the nineteenth century. Contrary to the Emperor’s design, the grand white structure does not dominate the city. It is impossible for one very large building to stand out among all the surrounding treasures dating back two thousand years and more. Colonna Traiana, erected in A.D. 113, is still a greater attraction. When one climbs to the top of the palace stairs, one can see the Coliseum to the left, a house which looks like a Coliseum but isn’t to the right. The view is truly magnificent. There are several little water fountains around the palace.
Walking along, one can cross the TiberRiver and go on to the Vatican, stopping by street vendors stalls to look at costume jewelry, clothes and souvenirs. Basilica di San Pietro takes one’s breath away, no wonder there are always plenty of people all around it. Before you go stand in line to the entrance, look to your left. There is a large shop called Galleria; inside it, there is a sign which says “Toilet”.
Walking back is easy. Cross the Victor Emmanuel bridge with lots of imposing statues, and you will see the palace at a distance. Stroll past the circular Palazzo di Angelo, vividly described by Dan Brown; cross the river again. Stop at Piazza di Reppublica, listen to people singing; you can sing there too, the acoustics are marvelous. Choose one of the numerous cafes to settle down in the shade and have a tasty meal. If you walk all the way to Pantheon, you can sit at a table in the square and enjoy the timeless view.