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Roma-City of Amazement..Part two

After another night of broken sleep, thanks to the next tent kids, we have an early breakfast and a quick chat with Kath and Brad (aussie couple) and they asked us if we wanted to go down to Pompeii with them in their hire car the following day, which was great as we had planned to go there that day anyway, but this way we can go on the Autostrade in air con comfort and go half’s with the expensive toll costs…

With that all sorted we set off for another day of exploring the wonderful city of Roma…
The bus seemed very busy for this early in the morning…
First on our list to do was to go back to see if i could get into St Peter’s Basilica that i missed out on yesterday, for not wearing the right so called attire…

Following the crowds again we head towards the Vatican.
Holy Moly- Jorge Mario Bergoglio or Pope Francis as he is known is doing his weekly service, that would explain the crowds this morning in the streets and why the forecourt was full of chairs yesterday, we stayed for a while but it was differcult to hear the Pope clearly plus it was getting so hot…

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So we thought it was better to do the others things on our list and come back to St. Peters Square later in the day.

The queue for the Hop on Hop off bus was crazy, we waited for about half an hour before we got on the bus, we got off at the ‘Wedding Cake’ which we saw the previous day…so now we are in the centre of Roma..
we were totally memerised by the sheer beauty of this city, the history of this place is mind blowing, we would love to one day come back to Roma and spend a lot more time here, but in order to return to Roma we first needed to get to the Trevi Fountain…

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one of the hundreds of fountains in Roma

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Armed with our tourist street map we set off along the old streets, many cobbled…glad i haven’t got high heels on like a lot of the tourists there have… we soaked up the ambience of the historic buildings, that oozed with character, so much history so many stories, you can’t help but get swept up in all the charm.

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Amazing coloured flowers filled hanging baskets…dangling from the old iron balconies, that were attached to beautiful old buildings, life doesn’t get much better than this.

But finding The Trevi Fountain was harder to find than we anticipated, following the map just sent us in circles lol…
Eventually we found it hidden away in a back street, but it was defiantly worth the effort, we were expecting this massive fountain to be in an area that was much larger than the small square it was in, the place was packed and it made getting that ‘perfect’ shot very difficult…the water was clear and very inviting, i would have loved to have taken a paddle!

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The Trevi Fountain as it is today, was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and competed in 1762 its a massive 25.9 meters high and 19.8 meters wide.
The central figures of the fountain are Neptun (God of the sea), and standing next to Neptun are two Tritons, One is struggling to master an unruly “sea horse”, while the other horse is calm and obedient- They symbolise the two contrasting moods of the sea.
We filled up our water bottles from a near by fountain, found a seat and enjoyed the cool fresh water…the whole place is mesmerising.

After our drink we each took it in turns to throw a coin into fountain there are two reasons why people are obsessed with throwing coins- the first is that if you throw a coin from your right hand backwards over your left shoulder, you will definitely return to Rome.

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The second legend is inspired by the film “Three Coins in the Trevi Fountain”, which says you must throw three coins into the fountain, the first coin guarantees your return to Rome, the second leads to a new romance, while the third will lead to marriage…i’ll just stick to returning to Rome.

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After lunch we got the bus back to the Vatican, hopefully the crowds would be a lot smaller than they were this morning, so once again we queued up in St.Peter’s Square and yay i got into the St Peter’s Basilica, the inside of the Basilica can hold up to 60,000 people, and Michelangelo’s dome soars 119 metres above the altar…

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Once inside you are struck by the impressiveness of this building, gazing at all it has to offer in stunned silence…

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I have never seen anything so beautiful and how lucky are we to see a the only piece of signed art by Michelangelo was a true highlight, it is Michelangelo’s Pieta which is a portrayal of Mary with the lifeless body of Jesus draped across her lap, it is sculpted in marble and Michelangelo did this when he was just 25 years old.

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I could write a whole chapter on this Basilica, but i don’t have the time…but there’s plenty about it online if you are interested.

This is a city full of wonder and history, another must see desination for all who venture to Italy…

But before our amazing day finishes we decide to get our moneys worth and do the full ‘Hop on/off’ bus loop and listen to all the commentary, while relaxing our worn-out legs…

Catching the bus back to the campsite was a lot easier, this time than it was the day before!
Clive had his haircut just around the corner from the Vatican and asked for the same style as the pope, while i had a Cuppachino in a cafe..
Once off the bus we bought a few supplies again at the local supermarket, then head back to camp to cook dinner and enjoy another bottle of Italian wine, whilst we talk over last minute plans with Brad and Kath for our day trip to south to Pompeii the following morning…

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