We were a bit bushed by the time we finished with the Capitoline Museums; we wanted a little break, and, due to the fantastically central location of our apartment, this was easily accomplished. We headed back to the apartment (stopping by at a local supermarket for a few items) and set up a quaint little lunch. Three cheers to Rome!
As luck would have it, a short but intense little thunderstorm passed through Rome just as we were home having our mid-day break. So, we hung around for a bit waiting for it to pass, then headed back out. We had gotten a good closeup look at the Roman Forum as we were touring the Capitoline Museums, and now we wanted to go back and wander through the Forum for a bit.
Unfortunately, the Forum had already closed it gates with approaching sunset (although it seemed a bit early to us -- there was still over an hour to go before sunset). We therefore decided to walk along the Via dei Fori Imperiali towards the Colosseum, looking at whatever ruins were visible from either side of the road. It began to lightly rain again as we reached the Colosseum, so we didn't dally long around there, ducking into the subway station to get out of the rain.
Arch of Septimius Severus
Ruins near Trajan's Column
We took the subway west (only 1 euro, so a very good way to get around) to the Piazza Spagna exit, and from there started walking back in the direction of our apartment. We walked past one of Rome's most famous fountains, the Fontana Trevi (and took a few obligatory pictures), then continued on. As it was getting to be about that time of day again, we started talking about what and where we would eat. Soon we started having recollections of our great meal at Navona Notte from the night before, and soon we had decided: we would eat there again this night!
We arrived a little earlier than the previous night, and therefore as a nice bonus we didn't have to wait in line before eating. And the food we had was every bit as good!
After dinner, we loitered a bit in the nearby Piazza Navona, now fully dark, and watched the comings and goings of people, and sellers hawking their wares. I took a few good long exposure shots of Bernini's famous Fountain of the Four Rivers, located in the center of the piazza.
Interactive Trackmap, walks in Rome, day 2
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