We didn't set an alarm this morning, and we all woke well rested and ready to explore Rome. We left our apartment about 10 am, only slightly apprehensive about getting lost again. After laughing at ourselves all over again this morning, we again carefully reviewed our maps. We had the great idea to use the compass on our iPhones to help us navigate. What a great help that was!
Our plan for the day was to visit some sights fairly close to our apartment, starting with the Trevi Fountain. With Matt's excellent navigation skills and our compass, we walked those twisty, turning streets right to the fountain!
We joined several hundred other tourists, and took our picture in front of that beautiful fountain. Here we are:
And here I am, throwing my coin in the fountain to ensure a return trip to Rome. Hey---it worked last year!
The Capuchin Crypt is a small space comprising several tiny chapels located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccinion the Via Veneto near Piazza Barberini in Rome, Italy. It contains the skeletal remains of 4,000 bodies believed to be Capuchin friars buried by their order.[ The Catholic order insists that the display is not meant to be macabre, but a silent reminder of the swift passage of life on Earth and our own mortalityWhen the monks arrived at the church in 1631, they brought 300 cartloads of deceased friars. Fr. Michael of Bergamo oversaw the arrangement of the bones in the burial crypt. The soil in the crypt was brought from Jerusalem, by order of Pope Urban VIII.
Photos inside the crypts were strictly forbidden, but if you are interested to see photos of this amazing place, just "Google" Cappucin Crypts, Rome. You will be amazed!
After our fascinating visit to the crypts, we decided we would have lunch in the Trastevere area, and visit the Santa Maria in Trastevere Church. As this was miles from the crypts, we hopped into a taxi for a harrowing ride in the crazy Rome traffic, crossing the River Tiber into the Trastevere area.
We found a small cafe near the Piazza, and settled in for a nice lunch. The charming and friendly waiter graciously agreed to take our picture:
Matt said his ravioli was delicious!
The floors are very intricate marble mosaic:
Interior, looking back toward the entrance and the beautiful stained glass windows:
After our time in this amazing church, we wandered the charming, winding streets of Trastevere:
We were near Piazza Novonna, so we walked in that direction and just happened to pass a Gelataria. Our flavors of the day: dark chocolate and pistachio for David, dark chocolate and coffee for me, and Matt chose the coconut and raspberry. Mmmmmm good:
Along the way we found one of the many pretty water fountains, and David filled our water bottle. The water from these fountains is cool and delicious!
By the time we finished our meandering, leisurely stroll to Piazza Novonna, it was dark, so we enjoyed the beautiful Bernini Fountains all lit up:
My choice was a pasta with wild mushrooms and clams, it was very, very good.
We sipped our wine and ate our delicious dinners and chatted about our amazing day in Rome. Of course, there were strolling musicians playing songs on accordions. How Italian is that? I even heard "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie--That's Amore!" Do you suppose this is the moon he's singing about? I sure think so!
Tomorrow in Rome: The Vatican!