The post about Angels and Demons gives me the inspiration to blog about one of Rome’s spot to see – the Piazza Navona.
I am not an expert of Rome, so I’ll try to describe it the way that I see it. But there is a plentiful of interesting things to see here.
Usually, Cart and I would usually take the tram. Trying to drive and find parking in the city centre is a maddening, frustrating chore.
Taking the tram, by itself is an interesting experience. Each journey costs 1.50 euro regardless of how long or short it is. You buy a ticket from the dispenser and need to get it validated with the machine inside the tram. Grab a seat and enjoy the view. Sometimes you’d spot interesting scenes like this :
And when you are at your destination, you’d need to press a button or the exit doors will not open. The doors aren’t automatic.
Stop at the end of the line which is the Via Di Torre Argentina where one of the first things that you will see is an ancient Roman Ruins where Caesar was murdered.
This place is also memorable for the amount of cats here. Cats are very special in Rome and below you’d find a cat sanctuary where you could play or even adopt cats.
If you walk a little bit further, you’d see a statue covered with paper. This is called the Pasquino.
What is interesting about the pieces of paper is that written on it is complains about the pope and the government. In the old days, it was probably dangerous to speak out openly. Hence it became a “talking statue” to express dissatisfaction. Could this be the inspiration for “the head” in Art Attack?
Moving further along for a few minutes, you’d see the pantheon.
It is impressively big. My guess is that you could stack at least 50 people on their heads before they could even reach the top of the ceiling.
What’s interesting to me about the Pantheon is that on the top, is a dome. And there is a hole in the middle of it. I’m not sure why the reason for that is. But it makes me amazed at how well preserved the pantheon is, despite the risk of rain splashing in.
And moving along the way, you might find a few interesting things :
Jerrick and I stumbled upon this little shop selling all sorts of wooden things! He’s a little creeped out by Pinocchio. But I thought it was charming. Did you know that Pinocchio is an Italian Fairy Tale?
This statue reminds me of Thief, the Dark Project.
And at length, we reach Piazza Navona.
It’s easily distinguishable because there are always loads of people here. There are restaurants all around the area and there are also a couple of people selling toys and flowers. You’d have to be careful though, since they can be very persistent in selling their stuff. Sometimes, if you are lucky, you might find interesting buskers :
For me, one of the memorable thing about Piazza Navona is the number of talented artists there.
I like looking at the different artworks, especially the caricatures that the artists drew, on the spot. As I loved caricatures, I had a caricature of Cart and I done one time.
Piazza Navona is an interesting place to be. I’ve been told that in the old days, the area will be closed and flooded and there were boat races going on.
I wonder how they did that.
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