travels, photos, and family
Today Shirley and I oriented ourselves to the neighborhood by our hotel. Nearby is the Piazza de la Republica, complete with fountain and busy roundabout. Right behind it are the ruins of the baths of Diocletian–which is huge huge. HUGE.
3,000 people could bathe in the steam room, exercise, swim, get clean, and have a drink all at the same time. In just one small area, Michelangelo was commissioned to design a church dedicated to Mary as queen of the angels. (Santa Maria degli Angeli). Eight of the original Roman porphyri red columns are used in the transept and the soaring ceiling floats above beautiful inlaid marble floors.
We walked to the Trevi Fountain, but it was very crowded. It was a national holiday today and everyone was off work and in Rome. We didn’t bother with a fountain picture yet. Stay tuned for coin photo-op. We also went to the Spanish Steps, but the crowds were unbelievable…
We retreated to another neighborhood and found, of course, another fountain. This one is in Piazza Barbinieri.