A soundtrack. . .
We arrived in Rome early; too early to check in to our hotel. But that was good, actually! It forced us to get our jet-lagged bodies out on the streets of Rome for some sight-seeing. We headed right out to the Spanish Steps -- an easy walk just down the street from our hotel.
We had fun posing on the steps.
We grabbed lunch at a charming little panini place and then checked in to our hotel.
Such a comfortable spot in a perfect location -- with helpful staff and great cappucino!
Thus fortified, we headed out for a bit more sight-seeing. We walked to Piazza Colunna to see the Column of Marcus Aurelius.
And we visited the Pantheon.
Really. Just So . . .
Much . . .
Awesome. . .
going on there at the Pantheon.
But you know what was the coolest thing about walking along the streets of Rome? Well. You'd pass through a small piazza, and just . . . notice a church. Just a plain, dull-looking kind of church. And you could just walk right inside.
At first, you might not expect much. Maybe just some of this. . .
But you'd usually find . . . well, this . . .
such a gasping kind of surprise!
And, even more surprising . . . much of the most famous art in Italy is hanging right in these churches! This particular rather nondescript church (from the outside...) is home to three of the most famous works of Caravaggio! (Yeah. Just hanging there. In a side chapel.)
And, dear friends, after all that walking and sight-seeing, it felt really good to end the day with a glass (or two!) of a nice, Italian red . . . right there. . . on a sidewalk in Rome.
Ciao (for now), my friends!