Connie, sitting on the famed Spanish Steps on our first night in Rome. It was a little chilly, which was a welcome relief for me, even though I was a bit shivery at times. We carried empty water bottles with us throughout Rome, and filled them from the public spigots that are all over and date to back to the olden days. The water was clean, cold, and free.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or, Fountain of the Four Rivers. It's a bit blurry, but the critter at the lower right is supposed to be an armadillo.
Trevi Fountain. Tradition holds that if you and your lover pitch coins in, you will someday return to Rome.
Vatican City. No building is permitted to be built taller than St. Peter's Basilica, the dome in the background. The globe in the courtyard there is made of solid gold. The Vatican guards have to typically shoot one tourist a day for trying to chip off a piece.
Inside St. Peter's, looking up.
Outside St. Peter's, looking down. Our reward for all our stair climbing was this view of St. Peter's square, and cool breeze from a summer downpour.
And from the inside. The ruins in the center were actually under the floor of the arena, where the lions and tigers and bears would get ready to eat Russell Crowe. (Connie pointed out I misspelled his name by leaving off the "e" so I added it after I did the link thing.)
Some famous ruins I forget the name of near the Colosseum with some other cool and awesome stuff in the background.
A view of the skyline near the Colosseum. Much nicer than billboards, no?
Connie patiently letting me take another picture of her. In the background is the Colosseum and some other famous stuff. The book there is the Rick Dees guidebook, which never once steered us wrong. That thing was worth its weight in gold. I don't know how he finds time to do his Weekly Top 40 show and still kick out quality European guidebooks, but hey. Highly recommended.
Okay, that's the highlights for Rome. Oh, and I made stuff that up about the solid gold globe and tourists getting shot and all. Yeah, I'm a card. Next stop: Florence!