Pantheon dome

Walking in Rome

On our other days in Rome, we visited the Borghese Gallery and walked around.

The Borghese Gallery was one of the highlights of our Rome visit. They don’t allow photography. 😦  The building and the art were collected by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who was appointed cardinal by his uncle, Pope Paul V.  Bernini did several amazing marble sculptures that show motion and emotion. Everyone had trouble finding the right bus, but we all purchased our tickets by our start time and were admitted.

Central Rome has pedestrian zones linking major sights. Great for walking.

We lived five minutes from the open air market in Campo di Fiore.  Here’s a picture of a stand decorated with pumpkins and other squash.

vegetable stand at Campo di Fiori
vegetable stand at Campo di Fiori

The Piazza Navona is another five minutes away, with several fountains by Bernini.

Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini. obelisk at Piazza Navona
Four Rivers Fountain by Bernini. obelisk at Piazza Navona

The Pantheon was built as Roman temple dedicated to all (pan) the gods (theos).  It’s now a church overrun by tourists, for good reason.  The hole at the top of the large domed ceiling provides natural light for the building.  The Pantheon dome served as the model for St. Peter’s Basilica, the Florence Duomo, and the Paris Pantheon.

Pantheon dome
Pantheon dome
Pantheon interior
Pantheon interior

We finally saw the Trevi Fountain on our last evening in Rome.

Trevi fountain
Trevi fountain

We saw Liam Neeson filming a movie “The Third Person” in the Piazza Farnese.  He’s the kneeling guy in the blue shirt. Lots of guys shooing tourists away and yelling “No photos”.

Liam Neeson kneeling
Liam Neeson kneeling

We toured the Villa Farnese, which is located on the Piazza Farnese.  Now the French embassy, it formerly held the Farnese collection that we saw in Naples.  No photos.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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