Our European Adventure: Rome Day 3

Our last day in Rome…siiiiighhh.  It was a short amount of time but accomplished all we wanted to and then some.  Day 3 included the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish steps, Trastevere, and a WHOLE LOT of churches.

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Pantheon

While we saw a lot on Day 3, we never felt rushed.  BIG TIP:  Make an agenda, but never feel you are rushing to achieve it.  Your main goal on any trip is to enjoy yourself and experience beauty.  If you rush, the memories will be rushed and emotions will run high.  You want lasting and positive memories.

Ok, on to Roma…First stop was Piazza Navona.  This is a piazza built on the site of an ancient Roman stadium.  Long ago, Romans came here to watch competitions; however, now it serves a very different purpose.  Piazza Navona is now a beautiful open market surrounded by restaurants and shops.  There is the gorgeous Obelisk of Domitian and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi.  We looked at all the handmade art, ate delicious pasta, and snacked on refreshing gelato.

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Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

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Obelisk of Domitian and Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi

 

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Fontna dei Quattro Fiumi

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Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is also conveniently located a short walk from some other big attractions.  Next on our list was the Pantheon.  The Pantheon is an ancient Roman temple, that has been converted into a church.  It is breathtaking.  You can do a listening tour here but we chose to walk through it more quickly because it was extremely crowded.

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Pantheon

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Pantheon

After the Pantheon we stopped at several churches…seriously though…THE CHURCHES…they are beautiful…and unique…and everywhere you look.  If you have the time, go in as many of these gorgeous churches as you can.  Just the history and amazing art is worth it alone.

We sought out one church in particular…The Basilica of Saint Augustine.  A family friend told us about this church because it has a particular statue.  The statue is of the Madonna del Parto (Our Lady of Childbirth).  People come here to pray for help during childbirth or infertility.  The area is covered in baby clothes, flowers, and notes of thanks for successful births.  This is a powerful sight, no matter what your faith.

Then, it was off to the Trevi Fountain.  Man, I thought the Pantheon was crowded, but the Trevi Fountain took PACKED to a whole other level.  I can imagine a lot of pick pocketing happens here, but we were fine.

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Trevi Fountain

Don’t forget to make a wish!!

 

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From there, we went to the Spanish Steps.  They are under renovations so the pictures were not fabulous.  However, they are right in the heart of the shopping district.  I swooned and window shopped.  Did I buy anything?  No, but it sure was fun to look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish steps

Wowie!  What a wonderful but busy day.  We went to Trastevere again for dinner.  My next post will be all about the hidden gem of Trastevere.  It was our favorite part of the trip and deserves its own post.

To see more of our adventure in Rome:

Our European Adventure: Rome Day 2

Our European Adventure: Rome Day 1

Our European Adventure: Booking Details

 

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5 thoughts on “Our European Adventure: Rome Day 3

  1. How nice. I didn’t hear about The Basilica of Saint Augustine, that would be one to visit next time. When I went, it was the Trevi Fountain that was under construction so we didn’t really take good photos coz it was covered/ fenced in by fiber glass. It didn’t have that many people though. As shown on your photo it seems really packed when you went.

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