Rome Day Seven: A WALKING TOUR PART ONE

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.

Campo dei Fiori Farmer’s Market

Some very different pasta varieties–we bought one flavored with squid ink and another called “chocolate.”

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.

Piazza Navona

One of three magnificent fountains in the Piazza

Afterwards, Antonella led us through some delightful alleyways and to her favorite gelato shop, which serves 150 hand made flavors–what a treat on a hot, humid Roman day!

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.

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