Strictly speaking this is just outside the ghetto but give me some leeway please.
On Sunday we visited the magnificent synagogue. Once the home to five synagogues inside one building, this now united synagogue is stunning. There is an interesting museum underneath that contains old tapestry cloths and artefacts that are well worth the look. But the glory is the synagogue itself. Just as we were leaving a wedding was about to begin. The couple… in their 70s. Renewed love or new love but what a great story!
Aside from the trip to the Botanical Gardens, we wandered through the City towards Piazza Navone.
Meandering down streets
You see such unexpected beauty it’s the best part of roaming around Rome
But there are still must sees on the way. The Pantheon for one..
It had been stormy in the morning but the skies were clearing and the queues growing. The guards kept us outside while it drizzled then let us in once it stopped….Grazie!
We then moved on to Piazza Navona for lunch.
Love the Piazza but like all cities it’s a tourist trap too, so go look but don’t stay too long. The real beauty is hidden around the corners!
Having said that you can’t miss the Colosseum…..
I will never tire of seeing the wonderous beauty inside the Vatican walls….even if my feet try and tell me otherwise.
We followed advice and booked a tour to avoid the madness of the queues. It helps as you see the long line of people trying to shade themselves from the heat of the day while moving in snakelike formation across the square. It doesn’t empty the inside rooms though of the hoards of people. Trump was due a few days later… I bet he didn’t have to worry about that. Mind you no one seemed too thrilled he was coming either..I think Michaelangelo would have added a comment or two hidden in one of his paintings for sure!!
Nevertheless if you can try and ignore the crowds and just appreciate the glory, it is a fantastic experience.
If you are impressed with the exteriors then the interiors will overwhelm……
And there is a stunning rotating sculpture in one of the interior courtyards that caught my eye (and that of a seagull who sat on top for a while slowing turning round taking in the mass of tourists learning about the Sistine Chapel!)
No photos are allowed inside the Chapel. But it’s truly stunning.
Three hours barely scratches the surface and it’s not my first visit. What a place!
Rome smells….. of Jasmine. It’s everywhere. And it’s an amazing aroma. Our hotel has a wall full of it but walking around the scent fills the air
We had a fantastic thunderstorm this morning so the plants have responded… it cleared up beautifully as the day went on and we wandered around the Botanical Gardens Through pines, ferns, Japanese, Mediterranean and medicinal sections…lush
Back in Italy!!!!! Roma for a long weekend with a friend who hasn’t seen a lot of Rome. So a lovely opportunity to revisit beautiful sites, soak up the atmosphere and parlare italiano.
Jo wears a Fitbit so we know we walked 18000 steps in our first day. Fontana di Trevi!
And Gelato….of course…
A fabulous first day