Continuing our little Roman journey, on Saturday afternoon, we walked from Vatican City all the way to the Pantheon while the kids napped in the stroller and baby carrier. Seriously, who needs a gym membership when you are lugging two kiddos around an ancient city? Saying we were sore the next day is a huge understatement.
The Pantheon was incredible. I think it may have been my favorite part of Rome. I love the crazy history, how it began as a Pagan temple and was then converted into a Christian Basilica when Christianity took over. The outside is grand, with one-piece marble columns shipped from Egypt. The beautiful interior is still used as a church today. It also features the tombs of Raphael and the first two kings of Italy. And you can’t forget the dome, the inspiration for St. Peter’s Basilica. It was the first time anything like it had ever been built when it was constructed 2,000 years ago.
One thing I loved about Rome (because I love irony) was that in EVERY SINGLE important piazza there was an obelisk. Every. Single. One. By the end of the trip, we had seen more obelisks than if we had been in Egypt. It was such a mystery.
After the Pantheon, we got some gelato at an amazing place around the corner.
Then, we strolled over to Trevi Fountain to toss in some coins and make a wish. This was Vance’s favorite part of the day, of course.
We were so excited to meet up with my cousin in the evening! It was the first time we had seen a familiar face in a month AND the first American we had seen at that! She and her (now) fiancé (because he just proposed to her in ITALY) joined us for an afternoon snack. We had reservations at a nice restaurant by the Piazza di Spagnia (The Spanish Steps), Trattoria Gabriello.
It was a great dinner, although still not quite as good as some others we have had, and even though our kids were the only ones in the restaurant, they did a great job of entertaining themselves with crayons and paper.
And that is how we ended our Saturday in Rome. I still have more to tell and some more pictures to share so stay tuned!