Thursday, August 19, 2010

1 shell, 2 keys and 3 bees?

After lunch we wondered down past Colonna Traiana and stepped into a beautiful church not listed on the maps. The Monumente a Vittorio Emanuele II is impressive based purely on its vast size but actually sticks out like a sore thumb against the backdrop of ancient Roman ruins. Built for the first king to unite Italy, it is impressive with the columns and very unimpressive without.

The Trevi Fountain is packed at all times of the day but its not as beautiful as it is in the movies. The light reflects off the white stone during the day and the lamps nearby overpower the fountains lighting at night.

Piazza della Republica reminds me of Karlsplatz in Munich in its dimensions.
Santa Maria degli Angelil church has an amazing feature, some sort of meridional line running through it, cutting through the marble pattern on the floor. The organ as some weird tourist pointed out to us is no situated in the middle but off to the left.

San Carlo Quattro Fontane is an intersection with a fountain on each corner. There is one fascinating fountain featuring the wolf with Romulus and Remus tucked behind some foliage. Its pretty hard to photograph or even admire these fountains as there is no viewing space in front of them, only car lanes (we nearly got ridden over).

Fontana del Tritone on Piazza Barbaerini is wonderful and probably on of my favourite fountains of Rome. This is also the start of my questions, why are there 3 bees on the fountain, again on the Palazzo Barberini and in Castel Sant' Angelo. Next question is why are there 2 keys? Almost everything is in Rome has 2 keys on an emblem, sometimes also featuring bees. My last question is why is there a clam shell featured so prominently in the Vatican (more later).
The Spanish Stairs were pretty crowded when we eventually got there in the afternoon. Notice the large number of obelisks appearing in the photos from now onwards. There are an amazing number of obelisks in Rome that are situated in Piazzas sometimes coming out of fountains or statues.

Piazza del Popolo is this large area flanked by many many churches (not a surprise in Rome) and access to the Pincio (with more stairs) and the Villa Borghese gardens.

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