Day three is what I like to call ‘leftover day.’ After, doing the Colosseum and the Vatican for the first two days, day three gave me time to look at some other bits Rome had to offer.
Today, from the Duke Hotel I decided to walk into the city as the national gallery was only a small walk away. After stopping off at the supermarket, (I would really recommend a bottle of Prosecco and a balcony evening, for a cheap but good night), then I continued on my merry way.
It was around 4 euros entry into the national gallery, which included some very famous pieces of artwork, such as Van gough, Monet, Jackson Pollac, oil paintings and some very contemporary displays. The gallery itself took me about an hour or so to walk around, and at the end I stopped off in the cafe for my very first shot of espresso – which waked me up greatly after my tiring first two days.
From here I headed to the Villa Borghese, a tranquil park in the middle of Rome. It promises to take you away from the busy hustle and bustle of the historical centre. It was quiet and reclusive. A perfect break. In the Villa Borghese there are more museums, but instead I stumbled across a small lake which had row boats for hire on, so naturally I rowed. Needless to say I didn’t take to the helm for very long…..
After surviving my rowing experience I carried on, and decided to had to visit Rome’s iconic Spanish Steps, it was quite a walk, but thankfully souvenir stands and shops were dotted along the way, so I grabbed a geleto and shopped whilst staying on route. The Spanish steps, were again another site to behold. Instead of climbing them from the bottom upwards, I started at the top and worked my way down. The steps weren’t as high as I first anticipated, but going either up or down you’ll be amazed by the sheer beauty of it all.
From here I headed to the ‘Domus Area,’ which I had built up in my head to be a huge gladiatorial arena, alas I was sadly mistaken. The Domus Area turned out to be clumps of ruins dotted about a park. However, these ruins were originally Nero’s golden house and for a history buff like me it was great to know I’d been there, even if they weren’t as magnificent as I originally thought.
After this, I looped back around to the giant monument of Vittorio Emmanuel II, this was an attraction I had walked past many times, but hadn’t had time to venture in, so made a point of it today. The monument itself felt very sacred, you weren’t allowed to sit, drink, eat or take photos on various parts, a touch I thought showed a great deal of respect to the previous King.
Just around the corner from the monument was the Piazza Del Campidoglio, the square that Michelangelo Buonarroti designed, in the centre stands a noble horse and his rider, Marcus Aurelius, the statue in the square is in actual fact a remake, if you want to see the original it is being preserved inside the museum. I do recommend a visit.
My final destination on my very last day was the fountain of the four rivers, which when I eventually arrived here it was nightfall, and so experienced them in the twinkling moonlight. As, I stuck to my budget quite well on the previous days, I decided to treat myself to slightly more expensive and oh so delicious restaurant, Gusto! But, there are plenty about so take your pick, go on its the last day treat yourself.
End of Holiday