Italy, Day Three

11 05 2010

Highlights: Climbing the dome of the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, Roman passegiata (walkabout), the Spanish Steps.

Our last day in Rome was a morning free to ourselves away from the tour group after we opted to skip the tour of Tivoli. We took a bus and then walked to St. Peter’s Square, paid a few euros to get into the dome elevator and took it as high as we could. Then it was 320 steps to the dome observation area, and it was a very narrow and steep climb.

Overlooking St. Peter's Square

The view of the city in the late morning was quite nice even if it was somewhat hazy. You could see for miles.

That's Stadio Olimpico, home of AS Roma and Lazio, in the distance to the right of the hill.

After purchasing more rosaries, it was off to the downtown area via cab. We went to the AS Roma (soccer club) team shop and found “American” food at a McDonald’s for lunch. I chose not to buy a Roma jersey but we bought a Roma T-shirt at a small shop nearby and saved a ton of dough.

Legends of AS Roma Calcio on the wall

Then a walk in the drizzle toward the subway station, which we took back to the Vatican area. The evening was reserved for a stop at the Spanish Steps, followed by a walking tour of the Pantheon and free time in the Piazza Navona, where we ate pizza (what else?) for dinner.

The Spanish Steps

Posing

The Pantheon

Statue in the Piazza Navona

It was our last night in Rome. Coming up: Heading south to Pompeii and the Bay of Napoli area.

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11 05 2010
bmvaughn

As much as I like Josh, we miss you as the Sounders beat reporter. Looks like a fun trip!

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