Roma – First day

After a looong flight we arrived here in Italy on Saturday morning about 8 a.m. We took a cab to our hotel in the Heart of Rome and, luckily, our room was ready for check in. We were exhausted from the flight and the fact that it was 2 a.m. our time so we took a 4 hour nap! Then we headed out to explore. (Note: If you know Cullan’s friend, Corbin Dragoo, you can follow along with our Phlat Corbin adventures here.) Click on any photo to see the larger version.

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Basilica Santa Maria delgi Angeli e dei Martiri. Beautiful, large basilica three blocks from our hotel. Michelangelo was commissioned to design the church, which he began work on in 1563 but only shortly before his death in 1564. The nephew of Fra Antonio Lo Duca, one Jacopo Lo Duca, completed Michelangelo’s design.

 

We were impressed with the size of this church. LIttle did we know it was small for Rome.

 

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Walking through the narrow, cobblestone streets of Rome. Restaurants on almost every block. All of the them Italian! 
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Looking out over the city from the top of the Spanish Steps.
This is as close as we got to the Spanish Steps. There were thousands of Italians there for an event or rally of some sort. Many were waving, carrying and wearing political banners. It was fun to watch the revelry and walk among them!
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At the Trevi Fountain with hundreds of other people.
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Art with dinner. Art must be cold!