So what comes to your mind first when you say Rome? The colossal Colosseum! The huge arena where a lot of blood was shed, brutally, for the sake of entertainment. Personally I was not very impressed with either the monument or the purpose for which it was built, yet one cannot help but appreciate the humongous structure that it is and the stories of gladiators that the walls here have to tell.
Right opposite the Colosseum lies the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill, quite a bit to see and understand here as whatever stood in the place is all in ruins today – the temple of the Saturn, tombs of several important people and of course the palace of Octivius Ceaser, also known as Augustus Ceaser. At first sight, the place looks like a pile of debris and some odd structures placed in the right in the middle of a huge piece of land. It takes a while to understand the importance of the place and the history behind it. I’d suggest either a good read about the Roman Forum before the visit or taking a guided tour. I did neither and did not really understand what the place was all about till I came back home and Wiki’d it .
Every corner of Rome has some monument or historical artefact that compels you to think about how and why was the structure erected? And you suddenly imagine yourself to be professor Robert Langdon from the Dan Brown books and start reading around to find if there are any mysteries connected to it 😉 I know I felt that way when we saw the Pantheon and Castel Saint Angelo, with the background score of the movie Angels and Demons constantly playing in my head 😛 .
was simply marvelous – the lights, the sound of the water, people buzzing and the camera flash everywhere, Navona was great too. But what was more interesting at the Piazza Novana was the church in front of the fountain. A young choir from Queensbury, USA were performing in the Church that evening. I love choir singing and was a part of my school choir, but I was nothing like the group that performed that night. And the best part was that they were singing Christmas Carols, something that I looked forward to hearing in Munich during Christmas, but was very disappointed when I didn’t hear any or see anyone singing. Talking about the choir, they were simply simply wonderful, very soul touching, an experience that will be very close to my heart.
The Piazza Del Popolo was something else, not because of the beautiful fountain but because of the Rainbow themed Via Del Corso that begins from this Piazza
to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Via Del Corso is one half shopping street and other half has museums, and is the main street that connects with other small by-lanes that take you to the monuments like the Pantheon, Trevi fountain, Piazza Navona etc. That street even though crowded was magical. When I look back I can still hear someone playing the accordion so beautifully that people on the busy shopping street started dancing with their partners, someone putting up a street magic show in a corner and the reflection of the rainbow lights on the street that was wet from the rain that evening.