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Basic Rome 1.0

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This was the third time I visited the eternal city, one of my favorites in the world. But this time I was doing it to fulfill a promise that I had been thinking about fulfilling for my parents: take them to visit the Vatican.

Interior of St. Peter's Basilica

We arrived at 11 in the morning at Fuimicino airport. In airport information I asked if there was a coach service to the center, but you could only go by train or taxi. Certainly, as I had read in several forums before going, the town hall has imposed a single fee to go from the airport to Rome that is 40 euros.

In about 40 minutes we arrived at our hotel, we checked in and we started walking towards the Vatican, which was about 10 minutes walk from the hotel.

Typical roman building

As it was a weekend trip, we avoided entering the museums since that would have left us almost without time to visit the city. Although an essential museum of Rome is the Vatican Museum and, of course, the Sistine Chapel.

The Vatican is great. There is no other word that defines it better. The beauty of his works of art (like "La pietá" by Miguel Angel, the canopy of San Pedro, etc ...) and the height of its ceilings and dome ... It really is something that has to be seen even if you are not a believer. You can go up to the dome paying for the elevator and then going down some stairs that are getting narrower every time, it is a worthwhile experience, especially when in the end you have to grab a rope to make the last stretch that goes almost in vertical

Piazza Navona is very lively. And in Piazza Navona the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi and the church of Sant'Agnese.

After visiting the tombs of the popes we walked along the Via de la Conciliazione to the Castle of Sant Angelo, which we saw from outside and from there we continued along the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II until reaching Piazza Navona, one of my favorite places from the city. Piazza Navona is a Baroque-style square that preserves the shape of the stadium built by Domitian in the first century. What stands out most in Piazza Navona is the Bernini Dei Quattro Fiumi fountain, with statues representing the four great rivers of the world (Nile, de la Plata, Ganges and Danube). Apart from the fountain there is also a baroque church: the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. The Piazza Navona area is full of restaurants and cafes, and in the square there are many painters who sell their creations. A few minutes walk and parallel to Piazza Navona is the Pantheon, one of my favorite buildings in the city. Too bad I don't know why the entrance was restricted and we couldn't see it inside. The Pantheon is the best preserved ancient building in all of Rome and was built in the first century to pay tribute to all the gods. Near the Pantheon is the Della Palma ice cream shop (Vía della Madalena, 20). It is not one of the most traditional but entering there is a pleasure for the senses and a dilemma when you have to decide what flavor you want ice cream from more than 100, crazy! The two-flavored ice cream (the smallest) costs 2 euros.

The pantheon

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