Rome, the Renaissance Churches and Monuments

Trip Start Aug 13, 2010
Trip End Oct 07, 2010

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Saturday, October 2, 2010

The drive back to Rome was straightforward; the fear was always about getting trapped in the one way system around the Termini Station where the car was to be returned. As it happened, the signing, actually the lack of signing, caused a deviation from the planned route well before getting into the centre, so it was partly by luck and partly by using the sun for direction that the parking building for the return of the car to Hertz was found.

Rome, the Eternal City: perhaps it's so named because it would take an eternity just to visit all of its churches.  There are so many, and so many are magnificent in their decoration, in their architecture, in their statuary, in their ceilings, in their floors, or often in several of these attributes.

One church stands out as unusual: it is the church of Santa Maria della Concezione de Cappuccini.  In fact it is the crypt that is interesting.  It is packed with bones, arranged in various decorative ways.

Rome also has its more secular monuments, including the beautiful but overcrowded Trevi Fountain, the over-hyped and overcrowded Spanish Steps, and the grandiose and completely over the top Vittorio Emanuele II Monument.

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