Afternoon: Eating gelato for a quick burst of energy

Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) is a fountain in the Piazza Navona.  Another Bernini.  One of the rivers facing the building behind has his head covered.  Basically saying he doesn’t like the architect of the building – touche.

Oval shaped was originally used for chariot races.  But had many uses including being flooded.  The building surrounding are magnificent.  Also where I picked up my first gelato and my son proceeded to eat rather than getting his own.

It is raining pretty hard now and we are walking through several Piazzas and passed the Vatican Embassy with the obelisk with the Mary on the top to get to the Trevi Fountain.  There is an election now – most Italians don’t want to talk about it.  Every corner has something that catches my attention and it is hard to keep up with the pace of the tour group because I want to stop and hear about each one but we only have two days – so we are moving fast.

Three coins in a fountain style toss.

One of the highlights of the afternoon was an excursion to see two locations with paintings by Caravaggio.  I have several new favorites.  The contrasting light and dark shadows plus the realism of the depictions, I am overwhelmed.    I could have stayed for hours.

Some free time to walk around, then up the Spanish Steps – 135 steps, no sleep, and pouring rain.  Workout – check!

The view of Rome from the rooftops was spectacular.

Dinner was fantastic in Rome.  Then off to try and sleep.  Not too great because i have been wide awake since 2 am reading about places we had just visited.

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