On a more current note, the smart cars are very prolific in Rome, and after seeing some of the impressive parking jobs, we knew why. These two cars were actually miles apart compared to some of the sardine-like parked cars along the streets.
Abbey loved the revolving door at our hotel: the Radisson Blu es
We made the mistake of letting the university HR department make our travel arrangements and this hotel was supposed to be a modern delight. Well, more about that later, but the lobby was pretty cool.
Our first true Italian meal was heavenly. I had spaghetti bolognese, Abbey had ravioli, and Brett had a seafood pasta dish complete with calamari, mussels, and clams.
Yes, your mouth is probably watering at this point. So is mine just remembering!
Here is the preferred mode of transportation on the busy streets of Rome. It scared me to death just watching the scooters weave in and out of the traffic jams. This restaurant was a winner we tried later in the week, and the Fettucini Alfredo with bacon and snow peas I had was the best I have ever tasted.
Our walk continued to Piazza Navona with the Four Rivers Fountain in the middle. There were street musicians, artists (poor ones), and many outdoor diners tasting their overpriced pasta. The fountain was created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and it displays four river gods (representing the four continents that were know in 1650) supporting and Egyptian obelisk that once stood on the ancient Appian Way before Bernini had it moved here. The Nile, the Ganges, the Rio de la Plata, and the Danube all gush forth in this interesting water display. The details of every fountain, obelisk, and statue amazed me in Italy. There was so much to focus on, but we continued our walk, missing a lot of the small delights in our rush to Brett's longed-for Pantheon visit.