Walking in Central Rome at nighttime!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 3 - evening

Dusk soon settled in as we hastily retraced our steps back to the Trevi Fountain. Looking all around me, the city seemed to become alive by the minute as more people invaded the streets making it harder for us to walk at a leisurely pace. 

Well, you know me with my big imagination!  It appeared to me that once the sun retired for the night, the vampires came out in huge quantities just to enjoy themselves under a half moon setting.  And guess what!  I was one of their entourage walking right next to them in dark alleys where small corner lights projected tall dark disfigured silhouettes on the side walls of the ancient buildings!  How thrilling can this be!   Spoooooky!  

We made it in one piece back to the Trevi Fountain which was quite stunning at night.  And no, we weren't bitten by any vampires!  Ha, ha, ha!  The lights surrounding the fountain brought life to it by instantly making it glow from under a dark blue sky.  Just like during the day, even more of those damn tourists were occupying the entire block!  Ha, ha, ha!  Don’t they ever sleep I jokingly told Michel.  Regardless, I was one of them pushing my way around! 

Back on the Via del Corso main street, ahead of us stood the Victor Emmanuel Monument constructed on the Piazza Venezia square and seen much earlier during the day.  It looked quite impressive against the sky in which by now had turned pitch dark.  All the lights surrounding it did quite the job in making it radiant!  Traffic was heavy, so we had to be careful while crossing the streets to admire it at a closer range.

The coolness of the evening soon gave me chills but this time, I was prepared.  I had brought with me a warmer jacket to wear which I soon took out of Michel’s backpack!   Regardless of the weather, people sat on terraces having delicious meals such as pizza to eat and tall glasses of beer to drink.  Hmmmmmm! Cheers!  

From here, the Colosseum was right around the corner and you guessed right!  That’s exactly where we headed to since I definitely wanted to see it at night!   You should know that as expected, it completely took my breath away with all of its arches glowing from the lights behind them.  I was quite pleased to be here and seeing it under a different light. 

Even though there were several people around, it sure wasn’t as crowded as during daytime.  I figured that the vampires much better enjoyed the dark alleys and narrow streets where all the action was such as the restaurants, patio terraces, loud music as well as the shops.   

From here on, the serenity of the place was quite appealing as we slowly made our way back to the hotel.  The sky being completely dark, only a few stars could be seen shining way above us!  It appeared as if the gods from Ancient Rome had retreated for the night leaving us peacefulness and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

While slowly walking towards our hotel, the beauty of Rome fell upon me as I realized that we’ve been wandering the streets of this ancient city for a good 12 hours now!  As they say, "time flies when you’re having fun" and it did exactly flew by quite rapidly but in a way I was quite happy to collapse for the night on my comfortable bed and dream all about the sites and places I’ve seen today!   

And let’s not forget, my poor feet!  They were quite sore from all that walking around on the uneven cobblestone pavement.

Monique   :-)
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