Italy - 2015

Roma Day 1
Roma Day 2
Roma Day 3
Roma Day 4
Firenze Day 1
Firenze Day 2
Venezia Day 1
Venezia Day 2

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January 19, 2015: We left Little Falls at 3:00 am. Our flight from Minneapolis to JFK/New York took two hours, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. The JFK airport train had us from Terminal 5 to Teminal 1 by 10:30. Airports are not nice places to sit and wait. We finally checked in with Alitalia at 1:00 pm. Our 8 hour flight out of JFK was at 4:35 pm. We arrived in Rome at 6:50 am Tuesday, January 20.

Customs went fairly quickly since all we had to do was wait in line for our passports to be stamped. We had to wait a few minutes more once we got to baggage claim to get our suitcase. We paid 40 Euros for a taxi into Rome and our Hotel Anahi at Via della Penna 65. What a delightful little place half a block from the Tiber and two blocks from Piazza del Popolo. There really is no such thing as a proper block in the center of Rome. Most streets are just one car wide without a whole lot of rhyme or reason. Four main streets fan out from Piazza del Popolo, one west to the Vatican and three south to the historic district.

The view from our hotel room window looing north on Via Maria Adelande

We had lunch, a crepe and a sandwich, from a little sandwich shop on the street on our first venture out into Rome around 11:00 am. After a short nap (we had slept little since leaving Little Falls), we ventured out to see what we could find.

We started our walk along the Tiber walking south from our hotel.

Our first stop was Mauseleo di Augosto, a masoleum built by Caesar Augustus in which all the emperors until Nero were buried.

We crossed the river west and found ourselves strolling by Castel Sant' Angelo also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian first built between 123 and 139 AD and added onto throughout the middle ages. The castle served as a refuge for popes and had a covered passage way from the vatican through which the popes could escape the Vatican for protection in the fort.

Castle walls

Ponte Sant' Angelo as seen from the ramparts

The Archangel Michael

Carved stone finial detail

My lover in Rome

Basilica di San Pietro

Rome skyline

Ceiling of a room added by Pope Paul III

Detail with Basilica di San Pietro through leaded glass window

Detail with Basilica di San Pietro through leaded glass window

The Vatican from the upper rampart

Michael the Archangel

Roof detail

Jet lag started setting in around mid afternoon. We stopped at a restaurant in Palazzo Altemps (Zio something) at 3:30 for a cup of coffee and ended up having pizza. We ordered one with clams, anchovies, mushrooms, and mozzarella. We were intrigued to find that each ingredient was only on one quarter of the pizza.

Before walking back to the hotel we stopped for just a short bit at Piazza Navona and the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Four Rivers)

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Four Rivers) with obelisk from Mausoleo di Augosto

Downtown Rome is a maze of beautiful narrow streets with old multi-storied dwelings.

We were back at the hotel around 5:30 pm and could hardly keep our eyes open. We thought we'd take a nap and then go find some dinner. We woke up at 11:00 and went to bed.

Rome Day 2