Day Walk in Trastevere

Trip Start Feb 07, 2009
Trip End Feb 14, 2009

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Today we abridged our plans to make a day trip due to the rain and our extended sleeping post-jet lage pattern (vacation...) and decided to stay local. We met up with Jennifer -- cousin of Uncle Matt -- who runs the UW (that's "U-dub" for you non PNW folks) Rome campus or UWRC. Jenn has been in Rome for years and took us on a stroll of several of her walks and favorite places through the Ghetto and across the River Tibur into the Trastevere district.

The Trastevere district is noted for being the oldest preserved district in the city according to our Frommers guide and we were not disappointed. Jennifer led us to the Plaza Santa Maria where we stopped for coffee and a light lunch. The Cathedral Santa Maria was open for prayers and light construction and we ventured inside. The cathedral, the oldest dedicated to the Virgin Mary, was erected on this place after according to legend oil sprung from the site in 38BC proclaiming the arrival of Christ. In the 4th century the church was originally erected and updated in the 13th century. The frescos were quite traditional Roman, with the fountain in the center of the plaza considered "quite baroque" by architectural standards. Inside the remains of several bishops and other religious figures dating back to the 10th century may be found.

We returned to the Ghetto in the evening for our last dinner in Rome at Da Gigettto recommended highly for the fried artichoke (the whole thing, you eat the leaves like potato chips). Deliciosa!

Tomorrow: Shopping in the morning and our transfer to Nice!
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