Part 2 of our Rome trip started off with a visit to one of the most amazing buildings I’ve ever seen, and I don’t say that lightly having visited the Colosseum in Part 1. The Vittoriano is a huge marble monument towering over the Piazza Venezia. Whilst it can’t come close to many of Rome’s other sights in terms of history, the Vittoriano is a pretty incredible sight.
As you climb further and further up it’s many steps to the different platforms above, the views below get more impressive still.
The vast columns and statues add to the regal feel. As do the guards who don’t seem to mind if you pose for a photo with them.
Once we’d finished taking in the vast Vittoriano. We strolled through the Piazza Venezia in search of the Pantheon. It took us a little while to find, but once we emerged on to a little square with the Pantheon standing proud at one end, we knew it was all worth it.
We grabbed a table at one of the cafes in front of the Pantheon and enjoyed taking in the views in the sunshine. After snapping a few pictures of the outside, we headed indoors.
Inside, the Pantheon is even more beautiful, with the huge dome overhead and intricate patterns all around the room. It lived up to every expectation I had of how it would be.
Next we made our way over to the Piazza Narvona, possibly the most beautiful square in Rome. It has three fountains surrounded by statues, and an incredible 17th century church called the Sant’Agnese in Agone in the middle. We were lucky to have had another day of perfect blue sky and sunshine, which makes everything more enjoyable.
We noticed another nearby square on the map, Piazza Campo de’ Fiori so off we went. When we reached the piazza, we stopped for a delicious mozzarella bruschetta and a little beer each, this was holiday after all. There was a market at Campo de’ Fiori offering plenty of wonderful Italian produce. The stalls were covered with breads, pasta in all different shapes and colours, oils, fruit and vegetables, limoncello, the lot.
After lunch, we felt there was time and energy left for one more of the major sites; the Spanish Steps and the famous Fontana della Barcaccia fountain in front of it.
This area is also home to all of the posh designer shops, so it took all of my self control not to spend the remainder of our euros in one afternoon!
Keep an eye out for Part 3 of our Rome trip! In case you missed the first one, find it over here…