Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rome Part 3

Day 3- Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Palatine Hill

Another busy day walking the city of Rome. We took a bus to a stop near the Trevi Fountain where we walked to our destinations. First up was the Trevi Fountain. From there we went to the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and hit up Hard Rock Cafe. We decided after all that walking we were still in the mood for more site seeing: Palatine Hill. 

The Trevi Fountain was gorgeous! I was quite impressed with the size. I swore I took a picture of the whole thing, but apparently I didn't. 

It is said that if you throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain you will be sure to return to Rome. This fountain collects over 3,000 euro in coins each day. The money collected is then donated to a charity. In 2002, the police caught a man stealing the coins. Apparently he had been taking them for years. He was banned from the fountain and new security measures were put in place. Eventually, the ban was lifted after the court decided the coins were not considered stolen because they were discarded and no longer belonged to anyhow. Recently, the man was caught stealing the coins again with the help of the police. The mayor plans to make removal of the coins a criminal offense. 

Oops... James didn't throw it over his shoulder....

See the two horses? These are sea horses. One is docile and the other wild- representing the moods of the sea. 


The Pantheon! The BEST preserved piece of history in Rome. This was built between 27 and 25BC on the location of where the founder of Rome (Romulus) was killed and seized by an eagle, then taken away to the heavens to be with God. 

The Oculus- the center of the dome ceiling. This is the only way light gets inside the Pantheon. When it rains, the rain also comes through the Oculus and onto the Pantheon floor. 

Raphael's tomb. 

Some Italian yumminess.

Kylee and I on the Spanish Steps. 

One awesome door. Who can't love this?

Palatine Hill
Legend has it that Palatine Hill is where Romulus killed his twin brother and founded Rome in 753BC. There was so much to see in this area, and I do not remember what everything was called. 

This was some type of stadium I believe.

The lower peristyle of the Domus Augustana.

The kids are acting like statues. 

These were Romulan huts, where apparently Romulus and his brother, Remus. 

More excavations 

Roman Forum area. 

A few last pictures of the Colosseum, still my favorite site in Rome. 

Day 4 had consisted of good food, gelato (twice) and walking around the city one last time before heading home the next day. 

Rome was beautiful, but I'm glad to be back in Germany where there is no traffic, no graffiti, and lots of beautiful open spaces. 

I will post some tips of traveling in Rome tomorrow. 


  1. your photos and memories are just fabulous! My daughter was in Rome last month...oh I wish I was there again!
    lucky you!!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    have fun!!

    1. Thank you! Rome was beautiful once you could look past all the graffiti. Thankfully, the tourist sites were graffiti free. I hope you can get back to Rome again. And thanks for following.

  2. Awesome photos! Looks like an amazing trip! I found you through a GFC blog hop and I am excited to be a new follower! I hope you will stop by my blog if you get a chance!


    1. Why thank you Chrissy. I think after a nice 5 days of walking around Rome we are ready to keep our travels a bit more local for a while. Christmas markets this weekend :D

  3. oh please oh please throw a coin in the fountain for me!
    i would love to go to rome- i dream about it. i love looking through your photos, they are really amazing. decided to hop on over and visit you through local sugar.
    come visit sometime and please post more rome pics! :)

    1. I'm all out of Rome pics, sorry. I assume you looked at part 1 and 2 though. I like to go a bit overboard with posting pictures. When I look at other blogs I always wish they post a bit more pictures of their travels and explain what I'm looking at. So I try to do the same. Our next trip is Amsterdam for NYE. Probably won't get to tour that much, we are just going for the party ;)

  4. Dear Lacey,
    I love your trip! I love the photos and the fact you enjoyed gelato twice in one day. Take advantage while you can, right? I found you through the grow your blog hop and I'm following you through GFC. I am also going to add a new page to my blog: travels. I got the idea from you, so I'll link back to you. Esther Norine Designs

    1. Like I mentioned on your blog, thank you so much! You are so super sweet. Gelato is AMAZING! We have a few good local shops here but do not stop in that often. I'm craving some Nutella Gelato right now though. It was scrumptious!

  5. LOVE the pics! How wonderful to be able to share those places and experiences with your children. Also! I wrote you back, but I think you might be a no-reply blogger! I could be totally wrong, but in case I'm not I said:

    Aww well thank you miss!!
    Your husband is crazy! A christmas tree in the playroom?! hahah I'd be the same way, I don't care if we have to sit on the floor at least we'll see the tree. It's my favorite part of decorating!

    1. Your right. I didn't get a notification that you wrote back. But when I went back to reply, I didn't even see your comment. lol. I'll have to make sure to click to get the notifications on replies.

      Our living room is pretty small once all the furniture is put in it. But thats pretty common for German houses. We'll just move the smaller couch and pray we find a tree small enough to fit in that space!

  6. Oh yes, yes yes to Rome, to history, to love, to giant billboards on old buildings? yes to that too. love it all. wonderful post.

    Aloha Sweet Friend,

    It was so wonderful to have your company this Wordless Wednesday. Thank you. I wanted to personally invite you to join me for An Aloha Affair . It's our sweet sort of gathering and growing together. Join us, if you please...


  7. This post made me so jealous! It's been years since we were in Europe, but I miss all of these gorgeous sites. Glad you had a fun time with your family!

  8. How beautiful! I'll admit, I'm very jealous, I have always wanted to go to Rome. Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures! I would also like to thank you for stopping by my blog. I always love meeting new elementary/SPED majors. Have a great weekend! Oh, and I'm your newest follower. :)