Minimoon Day 3

Day 3 of our traipse around Rome and we had more walking to do. On our list of things to do were the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Villa Borghese.

We ventured onto the Metro to get us to Spagna and from there it was a short walk to the Spanish Steps. They’re steps. In the Spanish region of Rome. No clever naming needed here! We walked to the top (not tiring at all!) and at the summit I had a look round the church of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti.

From here we walked to and around the Villa Borghese gardens, the second largest public park in Rome. I like a nice relaxing stroll around gardens and there was the added bonus of ducks as well! What more could you want?

When we’d had our fill of aquatic birds and other bits of nature we left the gardens and headed toward the Trevi Fountain, but first we stopped off for a bit of lunch. Our plan was to stop off at another place recommended by the Time Out guide we had, but when we found the place the wife couldn’t find anything she fancied on the menu so we found a different place instead.

Opting to go for the shrimp risotto proved to be a bad idea as it came out with a couple of whole shrimps (heads included) embedded in it but most of their legs(?) had come off and were embedded in the risotto!

Once I’d decided I’d had enough of spitting shrimp legs out of my mouth we walked the short distance to the fountain. The fountain itself is in a tiny square and the place was absolutely rammed full of people. Trying to get down to the front so that we could have our photo taken was quite difficult. We negotiated a “we’ll take your photo if you’ll take our photo” deal with some Americans and after throwing some coins in (it’s traditional apparently!) decided to leave the hoards behind and head to the Capitolini Musuem for a bit of culture.

Our walk there took us past the Vittoriano o Monumento a Vittorio Emanuele II, a massive, white typewriter-like building which apparently the Romans (not the ancient ones) don’t like. It is a bit of a monstrosity, quite out of place with the rest of the architecture.

Using our Roma Pass we got our free entry into the museum and spent the next couple of hours looking at all teh works of art and scuplture including the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius (him from the film Gladiator), a copy of which stands outside the museum.

That evening we decided again to choose which restaurant we would go to by looking in the Time Out guide and chose a place in the Cavour region. Unfortunatley when we got there we found out that they only took reservations and were fully booked, despite there being about 12 empty tables in the place. We weren’t having much luck with the Time Out guide!

We wandered around a bit to find somewhere nice to go before deciding to head back to the Collosseum where we found a nice restaurant situated in one of the roads opposite it.