Anyway, Italy! Where was I?
First I went to Reggio Emilia, then traveled to Rome to meet mom for more joy than two wild and crazy
After we left our pretty pink dinner on the day of the feast of St. Joseph, mom and I strolled back to our hotel and passed through the Piazza Dello Rotonda. And lo, we heard the voices of an angel choir!
Well, maybe not specifically angelic, but they were awfully good and from Butler University and giving a little impromptu concert right there in our midst.
|We also stopped in to their official concert the next night|
Sunday was our Last Day, which meant that everything we did had special meaning and was packed full of nostalgia for this trip even while we were still on it.
We went to mass... in the Pantheon. That was kinda cool. The priest was aprox. 876 years old and was clearly of some importance judging from the height of his jaunty lid and the fuss made by his minions. We weren't allowed to take photos during mass, but here is one of those minions preparing for the service.
|Mom referred to him as the altar boy|
|translation: "Here lies Raphael, by whom nature feared to be outdone while he lived, and when he died, feared that she herself would die"|
|That Pantheon is kinda cool inside|
Mom's tour book, which she had borrowed from her friend Meg, had a sidebar with a suggested morning stroll itinerary that started at the Pantheon. We were at the Pantheon, it was morning, why not?
We followed the route with Meg's voice as our guide, she told us just where to go. First it said to look for the elephant obelisk. Mom and I wondered: "the what?"
|Ohhh, THAT elephant obelisk|
This was the landmark to find the church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, one of Rome's myriad unbelievable basilicas. There are just too many churches to try and see them all, but we knew this one had something special:
No glass, no guards, just gleaming white marble carved by majestic hands
After a priest came and unceremoniously shooed us out of there for lunch hours, we continued along Meg's path to our next destination. She warned us not to miss the ginormous foot we'd see on our right.
|Ohhhh, THAT foot.|
|Doria Pamphilj Gallery|
Which we enjoyed before hitting the next stop on our "must see" tour, San Pietro in Vincoli
|We checked out the chains, natch|
|Moses, Michelangelo, 1515|
What else did we do that day? Cappucino, vino, birra, gelato, victor, marathon cheering, scarf haggling, stairs, laughs, pasta, packing, fountains, shops, walking, photos, goodbyeing.....
And then one last, luscious dinner at the same place we'd so enjoyed our first Roman dinner, Taverna Antonina
Where we enjoyed a plethora of gorgeous beverages while perusing the menu, which had thoughtfully been translated to the Queen's english
Mom and I double-dog-dared each other to order Stewballs of Weal, but wisely opted for other selections
|Mama mia, that ravioli|
Then we had no choice but to take ourselves home and bid arrivaderci to our lovely Rome, leaning out the window for a lingering last glance at the bellissima piazza
and our perfect Roman holiday.
Mi manchi, mamma. Ti amo.