Our third day in Rome was spent seeing some of the smaller, quicker sights around the city. Our original plan was to see the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, a cat sanctuary, and a puppet store called Pinocchietto that was recommended by a friend.
|When we left our apartment that morning, the Pope was getting ready to do a Morning Service. Tons and tons of people were gathering in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.|
I’ll be honest, this was probably my least favorite day. We saw some really neat things, but I feel like we didn’t plan our day as well as we should have, especially after such a fantastic day before in Ancient Rome.
We were able to do everything on our itinerary by the afternoon and then had a hard time figuring out what we should do next.
It was still a great day though and I did enjoy all that we saw.
We started off by going to the Trevi Fountain first thing in the morning. We took the Hop-on Bus there, which was a nice little ride.
The Trevi Fountain is built mostly out of Travertine and was completed in 1570. Legend has it that if you toss a coin in the fountain and drink the water, you’ll come back to Rome. Nowadays the water is recycled, but there are some cast iron pipes on the steps of the fountain that does have drinkable water.
A friend of ours, Dustin, went to Rome awhile back with his family and found this neat wooden puppet store while they were there. It was just down the street from the Trevi Fountain and it was the cutest little store! While it had mostly puppets, it also had a few other neat little wooden toys. We ended up getting a little princess puppet for our toddler and a little wooden pushcar for our baby.
|The perfect spot for a picnic.|
Next, we walked to the Pantheon and stopped to grab lunch on the way. We ate outside and enjoyed the fountain behind us and the Pantheon in front of us. The weather was wonderful the whole time we were in Rome and we really enjoyed all of our time outside.
|Inside the Pantheon. The bottom photo is of Raphael’s tomb.|
It was only mid afternoon at this point and we had already ran through all that we planned for the day. I had the thought of us doing some souvenir shopping but we weren’t really sure where to go for that (or what we were really even looking for).
We ended up walking down to the Flower Market, which is really more of just an open market. It had tons of dried spices, pasta, and other yummy looking food. We bought some dried mushrooms before continuing on our way.
|Column of Marcus Aurelius|
At this point, we started to head back to our apartment. on our walk back, we found the Column of Marcus Aurelius. It has a spiral of pictures going around it that tell the story of the Marcomannic Wars and is styled after Trajan’s Column.
On our way home, we also stopped by the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon again. It was really neat to see both of these at night. Trevi Fountain looked even more spectacular lit up for the evening and it was awesome seeing the Pantheon one more time.