Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rome - Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Other Sights

On my last day in Rome, before joining the cruise, I walked around and did some solo sight seeing. 


In Rome, there are many unique churches.




Lunch or Brunch?




Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna - This area has been in many films and television shows, but probably the most famous is Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. At the top of the 135 steps is the Piazza Trinita dei Monti and the Trinita dei Monti Church. The stairway was built from 1723 to 1725, with funds bequeathed by French diplomat Etienne Guefflier, and designed by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. At the base of the steps is the Fontana della Baraccia built in 1627-29.






I briefly sat down on the steps to put something in my backpack and a uniformed officer came over and told me to stand up. Sitting is not allowed!





Continuing on...





Trevi Fountain - was also featured in the movie Roman Holiday.  It was designed by Italian architect Nocola Salvi and is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome, standing 26.3 meters high and 49.15 meters wide.





Continuing on...
















I remember seeing 10 cent pay toilets when I was a child, but was surprised to see this toilet costing one euro.  I didn't stop and use it.



At this point, I headed to the hotel meeting place for Sandy Arthur's needlepoint cruise group. I had a nice time in Rome, but it was time to move on.




10 comments:

jacaranda said...

Beautiful photos, Rome is a city to sit and watch the world go by and people watch. The last time I was there, we couldn’t get near the Trevi Fountain, it was surrounded by tourists.

Queeniepatch said...

It has been so interesting to see your photos and compare with my memories from 40 years ago. The buildings and landscape is the same, but how the people, amount of tourists and behaviour have changed.
In Sweden you will have to pay for the use of a public loo, and the price is about the same. Always make use of the loos when you are at a restaurant or museum.

Vireya said...

I've enjoyed the quick tour of Rome.

Inflation has caught up with "spending a penny", and now it costs a euro. I wouldn't mind paying if it meant the toilets were kept clean and pleasant.

White Rose said...

Hi PAmela what a wonderful place those churches are beautiful,Thankyou for sharing your lovely pics with us xx

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

You have traveled to so many places. Do you ever speculate how your life would be living in any of them?

More great pictures.
xx, Carol

kiwikid said...

You have brought back many happy memories of Rome to me Pamela, thanks for sharing. I guess the number of tourists in the city means you pay to use the toilets these days!!

Lin said...

The Spanish steps and the Trevi fountains are two of my favourite places in Rome although I remember them from quiter times. When not covered in azaelias in the spring the Spanish steps were usually covered with young people sitting and chatting in the sunshine. Sad that times must change. The Trevi fountains I particularly remember on a Saturday night soon after arriving in Rome. The Rome football team had won the league for the first time in many years and the city was full of people celebrating. There were several people celebrating in the fountains and the police were just looking on, amused. There was not trouble. Happy days. xx

Julie said...

A lovely place for the bride and groom to have had their wedding pictures taken. Shame you were moved on though, a good vantage point to sit and take a short break after climbing all those steps.

Jeanie said...

Yikes, one euro is pretty steep, although when you've gotta go, you've gotta go. I've never been to Italy so it's fun to see this well known city I know not at all!

Leonore Winterer said...

That's a lot of sightseeing for one day!
Pay toilets are not uncommon in Germany, and they will often be about 1€ too. However, there is a system called Sanifair that's mostly seen at autobahn rest stops, and there you pay 70ct, but get a 50ct coupon back to spend on food or something.