On Sunday our first stop was Piazza Navona. This piazza used to be a Roman stadium for chariot races, but is now one of the most famous piazzas in Rome to people watch, eat and drink, and see street art. This piazza is featured in Angels and Demons (the scene where Tom Hanks saves the last cardinal from drowning... sorry if I just spoiled it for you).
Hand in hand we walked towards the Roman Forum and Colosseum. When we turned a corner tears started to form in my eyes. Right there in the short distance in front of us was the Colosseum. Ever since I studied about the Ancient Roman civilization (and then taught it for two years when I first started teaching) I have wanted to come here... and the Colosseum embodied that entire feeling for me. Jon wasn't sure what was going on, but then laughed it off when he realized they were tears of happiness. We had always put off coming to Italy because we knew there was a chance that we'd live here. I just can't believe we've been given this opportunity.
After my tear fest, we walked around the Roman Forum and marveled at the remaining structures from over 2,000 years ago. We tried to picture the hustle and bustle with the ancient government buildings at work: elections taking place, people orating public speeches, criminal trials being held, and celebratory military processions taking place, among others.
We walked through the Circus Maximus, which was the site for chariot races during ancient times. Now it is a public park.
|The Circus Maximus.|
Afterwards we walked to the Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous fountains in the world and is a striking piece of work! It stands about 85 feet high and 66 feet wide. We saw the fountain at night when it was illuminated giving it an aura of serenity and tranquility. Although we didn't throw the traditional coins into the fountain (it was way too crowded to get close enough) we felt our wishes had come true just by being there together.