We met our guide, Antonella, near Ponte Garibaldi, the bridge that spans the Tiber River between the Trastevere and the Jewish Ghetto. From there we set off on a day of exploring some of Rome’s most famous squares. Our first stop was at the famous outdoor market, Market at Campo Dei Fiori, that features meats, cheeses, and dry goods as well as produce and flowers.
From there we walked to Piazza Navona, Antonella’s favorite. The site of a former palace, private church, and circus (race track), there are three magnificent fountains erected by the original owner in the 16th century. It is currently owned by the Catholic Church and has been turned into a public property.
Then it was onto the Pantheon, Government Center, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps, which I will cover in Part Two of our walking tour.