Instead of all roads lead to Rome, we had all roads lead to the Trevi Fountain. One unique feature of Rome is the way they manage to supply the city with numerous fountains, both big and small. And the water is served piping fresh!
Trevi Fountain (click to enlarge)
One of Rome’s famous fountains, the Trevi Fountain was completed in the late 1700s. To signify the beauty of this fountain, the sculptor built it with an ocean theme. This fountain has water gushing in from 20+ different sprouts onto 30 different plants as Triton blows his conch shell.
Tip: Even if you don’t have an accurate map of Rome, just follow the crowd and you are bound to reach the fountain from one of Rome’s little arterial-like cobble paths.
Stand back and admire the fountain from afar, although you might need some jostling to get the best spot. Then go nearer to the details of the statues that make up the fountain. Then, as do all other tourists, throw a coin into the fountain to ensure a swift return to Rome in the future.
“Are you sure?” asked the wife, always the skeptic.
“Why don’t you try and see?” I replied.
“Worse comes to worst, it’s just a 10¢ Euro coin, no big deal.”
Symbol of Rome
If you want a quiet spot near the Fontana di Trevi, look to your right along the lower steps
I’ve forgotten who suggested this, if I’m not mistaken, it was Spotted By Locals, but when I tried to search for it on their website, the page cannot be found. Anyways, this restaurant is located on Via Veneto, just a little ways from Fontana Di Trevi.
We just wanted to give the Italian spaghetti another try, and since this place was recommended, we figured it wouldn’t hurt to drop by. There is a nice covered space outside on the curb as well as indoor dining, it was still early in the evening, so we thought it would be fun to watch the Romans, as we enjoyed our meal.
As we were amongst the earliest there, service was pretty fast and without any hassle. The food was palatable although the portion wasn’t enough for the 6 of us, despite ordering one each, so we added a pizza and a salad side dish to top off our hungry stomachs.
Il Peperone’s Spaghetti
Il Peperone Salad
Day 1 Conclusions
If you’re a historical buff, or even if you’re not, the Colosseum complex together with the Palatine Hill is a must visit. Dab on loads of sunscreen if you’re going in the summer. We were just there in early May but it was already quite hot, but not as hot as we are used to back home.
Walking around Rome is not too tricky but it would be advisable to take good care of your belongings, especially wallets, purses and handbags. Not to say that it isn’t safe, but any snatch thief could easily slip into one of the numerous paths and alleyways even before you could call for help.
The abundance of tourists around the famous sights made taking photos a little bit tricky, some will inadvertently ‘photo-bomb’ your pictures, so it would be advisable to take a lot of photos. And do be quick about it.