Day 3 in Rome (2011 Trip)

August 28, 2011 – Our Last Day in Roma!

So on our last day we were able to take a little bit of time before heading out so we did just that. After a breakfast at our hotel’s swanky breakfast area with the coffee machine that Larry loved, we went to the metro station at Termini to head towards where Castel sant Angelo is. When we got down to where the platform was, it was mobbed with people though, which was not altogether surprising but still frustrating as it was late Sunday morning. We were glad that we weren’t headed to the Vatican as the last Sunday of the month, it’s free. Of course, that means everybody goes there. So there we are at the subway and the mob of people at the two entryways isn’t moving at all. We also see that you really can’t get out as both escalators were heading down and the staircase was blocked off. There was a blocked off path to the other direction of the platform and it was probably an attempt to keep the traffic flow of pedestrians from interfering with each other. Well, people were now passing through that barrier to just get out of the mob. It was fortunate though as it turned out we were able to walk down the opposite platform to an entryway back to our platform where of course it was completely clear. At that moment the train showed up and were able to walk right in and be in a completely non crowded car. We figure it must have been a tour group or something clogging the entryway but frustrating nonetheless.

We took the subway to the same stop we went to yesterday for the Vatican, but this time, when we got off, along with seemingly all of Rome, instead of following the masses to the Vatican we veered east and away from the crowd. It was almost magical as the streets were pretty much deserted at that point. Larry and I both felt that that area seemed a lot like the Upper West or East Side. I also remembered that the hotel I stayed in ten years ago was in that neighborhood, but I can’t remember exactly where.

We walked down to the castle, the amazing circular fortress that used to be where the pope could go for defenses. It’s also a challenging level for Ezio in Assassin’s Creed! It was fun to get to see the inside for myself finally and the real thing looked a lot like the video game interpretation. Crazy. Great views of St Peters from the upper balconies too. You can see the pictures.

Castel sant Angelo

A nice empty and strangely UWS-like Rome street on the way to Castel San Angelo
A nice empty and strangely UWS-like Rome street on the way to Castel San Angelo28-Aug-2011 01:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
Castel Sant Angelo in the distance
Castel Sant Angelo in the distance28-Aug-2011 01:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 250
Looking into the moat, which is now a pleasant park.
Looking into the moat, which is now a pleasant park.28-Aug-2011 01:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
 
Larry shows us the way
Larry shows us the way28-Aug-2011 01:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Underneath the Pope's emergency path that connects St Peters to the Castel
Underneath the Pope's emergency path that connects St Peters to the Castel28-Aug-2011 02:00, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
View of St Peters
View of St Peters28-Aug-2011 02:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.369mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
Again
Again28-Aug-2011 02:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Me, my hat, and St Pietro
Me, my hat, and St Pietro28-Aug-2011 02:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Larry too
Larry too28-Aug-2011 02:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 8.036999mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
Assassins Creed 2 anyone?
Assassins Creed 2 anyone?28-Aug-2011 02:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Looking up from the base of the circular Castel
Looking up from the base of the circular Castel28-Aug-2011 02:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
28-Aug-2011 02:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
 
Larry's nervous in the passageway
Larry's nervous in the passageway28-Aug-2011 02:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
I intend to photoshop in Ezio-like assassin blades one day
I intend to photoshop in Ezio-like assassin blades one day28-Aug-2011 02:09, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
28-Aug-2011 02:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
 

It was warm that day too, but probably not as bad as it was our first day. We walked from the castle along the river to where the Hall of Justice was, then turned inland to retrace some of our steps, in the daylight, of the nighttime walking tour we took yesterday. So we got back to the Piazza Navona in the day, which was a bit more uncomfortable in the heat of the day and not nearly as dramatic as it was during the night. We then headed to the Pantheon again, as when we got there the night before the inside was already closed. The Pantheon is always dramatic but going inside is insane. It’s beautiful and huge. I took some cool pictures of the dramatic beam of light coming from the top hole. After resting there on the pews for a spell, we then headed to find somewhere for lunch. After a few misfires when places we wanted to go were closed, we found a place where we sat outside and had a pizza each and some Peronis. Good times.

Day Walk to the Pantheon

River Tiber and St Peters
River Tiber and St Peters28-Aug-2011 03:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 7.815mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
28-Aug-2011 03:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.0, 7.815mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
The Hall of Justice
The Hall of Justice28-Aug-2011 03:17, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 6.491mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 
Piazza Navona in the daytime
Piazza Navona in the daytime28-Aug-2011 03:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
Return to the Pantheon
Return to the Pantheon28-Aug-2011 03:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
The dramatic entry light that I somehow managed to capture - did not expect it to look so epic
The dramatic entry light that I somehow managed to capture - did not expect it to look so epic28-Aug-2011 03:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
The roof is amazingly huge and the natural spotlight is sorta surreal
The roof is amazingly huge and the natural spotlight is sorta surreal28-Aug-2011 03:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
This might give you an inkling as to the colossal size of the Pantheon
This might give you an inkling as to the colossal size of the Pantheon28-Aug-2011 03:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
Reminds of Raiders
Reminds of Raiders28-Aug-2011 03:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
Is the Well of Souls hidden there?
Is the Well of Souls hidden there?28-Aug-2011 03:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
A better view tying the spotlight to the ground
A better view tying the spotlight to the ground28-Aug-2011 03:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
28-Aug-2011 03:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
 
28-Aug-2011 03:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
This has been around for 2000 years.  Flawlessly constructed by the Romans that long ago.  Insane.
This has been around for 2000 years. Flawlessly constructed by the Romans that long ago. Insane.28-Aug-2011 03:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
The entry doors are open for us today
The entry doors are open for us today28-Aug-2011 03:59, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
 

Our satisfying lunch was followed by more walking as we headed past Giolottis again but we did not partake in the gelato this time. We thought at first we would walk to Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps again, but as we headed there I happened to look down the street and notice that huge white building with the immense staircase and giant statue in front of it. I can’t remember what it was but I did remember from last time that right behind it is the Campidoglia which is right at the western end of the ancient Roman ruins. We had taken off about halfway through the Forum our first day so this would let us see the rest of it and also give me a chance to see the ruins from the spot I saw them the first time ten years ago. After walking there and also climbing up the large staircase behind, it was really hot so we rested again. Saw some hot guys. But that is easy in Rome. So many hot guys. After some time though, we continued walking on, checking out the sights but not getting back in the Forum as you had to pay again and our Roma pass was used up. We got back to the street and walked back to the Colosseum and it’s Metro stop, which we took back to Termini.

Campidoglia and the Forum

Looking towards the imposing Vittoriano Monument which lies in front of the Campidoglio
Looking towards the imposing Vittoriano Monument which lies in front of the Campidoglio28-Aug-2011 05:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Sometimes it is called "The Typewriter" by the Romans
Sometimes it is called "The Typewriter" by the Romans28-Aug-2011 05:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
It's quite a massive structure, and effectively hides the whole Campidoglio behind it
It's quite a massive structure, and effectively hides the whole Campidoglio behind it28-Aug-2011 05:34, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 9.592mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
Of course, in Rome, there are always Gladiators strolling about
Of course, in Rome, there are always Gladiators strolling about28-Aug-2011 05:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
As you round the corner of the Vittorio though, you discover...
As you round the corner of the Vittorio though, you discover...28-Aug-2011 05:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
Michelangelo's very inclined steps up to the Campidoglio palazzo area
Michelangelo's very inclined steps up to the Campidoglio palazzo area28-Aug-2011 05:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 
The perspective may not properly indicate it, but there is serious slope here
The perspective may not properly indicate it, but there is serious slope here28-Aug-2011 05:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
Hydrating for the journey up
Hydrating for the journey up28-Aug-2011 05:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
You can see the side of the Vittorio as well as the front of the Santa Maria church
You can see the side of the Vittorio as well as the front of the Santa Maria church28-Aug-2011 05:42, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
This is the Palazzo Senatorio - we sat in its courtyard for a while to cool down and relax
This is the Palazzo Senatorio - we sat in its courtyard for a while to cool down and relax28-Aug-2011 05:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
The view from our seat on the steps
The view from our seat on the steps28-Aug-2011 05:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
If you go a few more steps behind the Campidoglio piazza though, you get to see the other angle on the Roman Forum.
If you go a few more steps behind the Campidoglio piazza though, you get to see the other angle on the Roman Forum.28-Aug-2011 06:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 
I have a picture of me in this same pose from 10 years ago too
I have a picture of me in this same pose from 10 years ago too28-Aug-2011 06:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
That's the remnants of the Temple of Saturn behind me, and of course the Colosseum way back there
That's the remnants of the Temple of Saturn behind me, and of course the Colosseum way back there28-Aug-2011 06:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
Larry too - the Sacred Way is the path leading away from him
Larry too - the Sacred Way is the path leading away from him28-Aug-2011 06:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
 

At the train station we figured out what tickets we needed to buy to get to the cruise port. Then we headed back to the hotel, where Larry took a siesta and I played a ton of Game Dev Story on my iPad while also looking at our pics. When Larry got up, neither of us really wanted to go back to Trastevere at that point although that’s what we had initially planned. Something closer sounded better so we found Babbos about a few blocks away and had a fantastic dinner nearby. Headed back to the room and got ready for the next phase of the journey, which was to head to the port for our cruise ship fun!

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