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Piazza Navona, one of my favorite squares in Rome.
| Views of the Forum from on top of Palatine Hill. From|
the top of this hill you could see most of Rome.
Each day we walked almost everywhere we went. We wore our Fitbits and put lots of steps on them during the trip. I think you get a much more intimate look at a city when you walk through it. I always try to remember to look up too, because there is so much beautiful architecture there and a lot of it is up high.
We went to the catacombs on of the days we were there and I found them very interesting, but if pressed for time in Rome, would probably skip them. We rode the train to a certain stop, then got on a bus that took us to the outskirts of town, where the catacombs are located. I never realized how many there were. Just in the one we toured, there were thousands of little cubicles, cut out of the rock, where they laid the dead. Once again, the way they built them was very interesting. They started high and as they finished a level, they would dig down, lower the walkways and continue on another level. At one time, there were Popes buried there, too, but they have since been moved to another location.
Rome is beautiful at night, too. If you ever get there, make sure you take a ride through the town after dark. All the big monuments and major ruins are lit up and it is so pretty.
One of my favorite things to do, in Rome, is go to the Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately, right now, it is closed for renovation. They say if you throw a coin into the fountain, it will ensure you a future trip to Rome. With it closed off, we couldn't do that, but I feel certain we will find a way to get back to this romantic, exciting city, at some point in our future. Caio, for now!