Rome Day 1: The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Rioting in the Streets

Remember how I have a blog? Yeah, me too… I’ve been just too busy to want to get on the computer at night and finish my Italy trip. However, it’s my goal to finish blogging and get all caught up while on Christmas vacation (which starts Wednesday!) and before the New Year!

After we visited the Cupola di San Pietro we took the bus back to the train station.

And got lost in the process. We spent some time waiting at a capolinea (head of the line) thinking we were in the right place and then realizing that the bus around the corner was the one we actually we wanted, we headed off to see the Pantheon.

It’s incredible how close all of these pillars of ancient history are to each other. A few quick stops and with only a little bit of backtracking (our Italian bus navigation/map reading skills were quickly coming back) we found the Pantheon.

58 pantheon outside

We got there right before it closed for a nightly mass, but we had enough time to go in and sit and admire the dome.
Pantheon dome

While we admired the dome (which is much more incredible than it looks in this picture–poor lighting at dusk inside a natural light building, oddly enough) we listened to Rick Steve’s audio tour that Brianna had downloaded on her iPhone.

The ancient people who built these incredible domes did so with straw and mud holding it up. Impressive. They also built a drainage system into the floor, and it’s hardly noticeable. Only when the audio tour we were listening to told me to look at the floor for the holes did I even see them.

After resting our feet and enlightening our minds a little more we took off to try to find the bus that would take us back to our hostel and ended up taking a little detour. And happened upon this cute, little fountain.

Trevi Fountain

Oh, wait… you mean you can just be innocently following the signs to McDonald’s because you have to use the bathroom and happen upon one of the most impressive fountains in the world?

Yeah, in Rome, you can.

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Hundreds of other tourists can just happen along as well, so getting a picture in front of the fountain is just a little bit ridiculous. I don’t know how they have romantic scenes in the movies there- they must have good barriers set up for the filming.

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See what I mean?

I was really impressed with the Trevi Fountain. I didn’t expect much from it at all, I honestly thought it was going to be a letdown for all the hype it gets in movies. It wasn’t. The artfulness and the grandeur really took my breath away.

We found the bathroom (a major part of any trip to Europe is searching for a free, clean bathroom) and headed back to the hostel.

As we approached our door we heard some commotion.

Hear about this happening on Oct. 15, 2011?

Yeah, the riots in Rome were what closed the Colosseum and accompanied us our first day back in Italy. Gotta love the passion.

We were fine and totally slept through the majority of the ruckus. I remember seeing an orange glow from the fires down the street when I looked out our window before stuffing my ears with ear plugs and shutting out the light.

You never sleep as well after being up for 24 hours with jet lag and crossing 2 countries and an ocean.

More coming soon! (For real this time!) Next Italy Trip Post

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4 thoughts on “Rome Day 1: The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Rioting in the Streets

  1. Lora Bailey says:

    Kyna! I love reading about your exciting trip! You are one amazing girl! I give you an A+ for expressing yourself so well! I know I get caught up in the emotions of it all! Love you! Lora Bailey

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