My favorite (and third and final) stop of our first ten day trip.
Albergo Santa Chiara
Me and my love, with Bernhard, the professor for the Genoa program.
Professor Terry Kirk
Upon meeting up with the rest of the group we then spent the remainder of the afternoon and into the late evening with Professor Kirk. We started at Piazza del Campidoglio, by Michelangelo, a center with several government buildings and a present day area where people gather to sit and read, have lunch, or just enjoy the day and people watch. It dates back to 1535, and was very pretty.
Piazza Del Campidoglio
Afterwards, we headed to Piazza Venezia/Palazzo Venezia.It was actually originally built for one of the popes, Paulus II, in the mid to late 15th century. It's located in central Rome, and also includes a Museum which houses galleries of art from the early Christian era up to the Renaissance.
Piazza Del Quirinale
From the piazza we headed to Chiesa Di Sant'Andrea Del Quirinale. This church was very small in comparison to previous churches that we have seen so far. It had a distinct circular, cylinder shape and the atmosphere was very intimate. We spent about half an hour inside while Professor Kirk shared some background information with us, we took photographs, and the the arch kids sketched a bit. What the church lacked (assuming some might think so) in size it made up for in detail. Beautiful.
Next it was off to one more church, Chiesa Di Santa Susanna. Another older Roman church; very pretty and very detailed. We ended up skipping a couple of things on our itinerary for the day because we just couldn't squeeze it all in!! We had 2 places to hit at this point and it was close to 7PM. Both were fairly famous, so there was no skipping out on either one. The first was the famous Trevi Fountain. I remember this site mostly from studying about it in school and seeing it in history books. We ended up getting there at nightfall, so it was a real treat to see it all lit up at night. There were tons of people there; you could tell it didn't matter the time of day, that this was always a hot spot for tourists. We took some photographs, stuck to Roman tradition and tossed some pennies over our backs for good luck, then we were off to our last stop of the day. We ended the afternoon well at Scalinata Di Trinita Dei Monti, otherwise known as the Spanish steps. They are the longest and widest staircase in all of Europe and contains 138 steps. A beautiful, elaborately exteriorated church hails at the very top. It was originally split between the Spanish and the French being that both had to do with it's contstruction, and remains a controversy even today between the two. The two groups of course, joke more than anything about it today. Professor Kirk was very passionate about these stairs. I mean, very passionate. He knew a lot of history about them and firmly believed that if you took them just right, you could simply glide and ascend the stairs feeling every moment surge through your body. Whew. Thankfully I was able to capture his love for the Spanish Steps to share with all of you.