We took the Metro A line to the Termini metro station this morning, and found the B Metro line shut for no apparent reason. To get to Tivoli, we needed to take the B line to basically its end. Without the B line, there's no way to get out that far by bus. So we were "stranded" at Termini, without a bus map, and without any plan for the day.
In the end, we decided to "hang out" in the Esqualine and Quirinale neighbourhoods and visit a few churches I have always wanted to see. On the way, we ran into some sort of fancy military ceremony going on at the Argentine embassy...
|After the band played|
|Not Oriental. The courtyard.|
|Would have been nice in its time|
|Just kinda "there". At the end of the street.|
|The plain courtyard|
|What's in YOUR park?|
|The front door|
|The side door|
|From the front door|
|The Pope's chair. He has his own door, too.|
|Up in there apparently|
|Itty bitty doors|
Next stop: Santa Maria Maggiori.
|Another tiny intimate church|
|A side chapel|
|A 200' long nave|
|Karen's version of star worship|
|In there, apparently|
We skipped another church that has the chains that bound St. Peter. Been there, saw that a few years ago. Once you've seen one 2,000 year old relic, you've seen them all.
Needing a break from all things spiritual, we walked back down through my "old neighbourhood" (Rioni Monte, where we stayed for a week several years ago), and past the Colosseum (again).
|the more famous side with the traffic|
|Trajan's Market blocked from view|
We bailed from the crowds in the Forum/Colosseum area, walking up the Quirinale Hill past the leaning tower...
|The Torre delle Melizie. 12th century|
|Not supposed to be a tourist draw, I guess.|
|The Trevi Fountain|
|Even more crowds|
|And more crowds|
|Elbowing, pushing, shoving, stand on you crowds|
|They get more packed the closer you get to the fountain|
|It's a nice fountain, but really|
We had to get out of there. We had to go home and eat pizza. Not as good as Naples or Sorrento by any stretch, but OK.
The Metro B line looked like it had just re-opened at 4 PM when we got off the A line on our way home. We're going to try for Tivoli a 3rd time tomorrow. Here's hoping...