Roma, giorno 2

Rome continues to enchant me.  It’s not love yet, but I’m getting more attached.  Today had its share of splendidness.

First of all, for the first time in months, I was outside without a coat.  And warm.

Second of all, I found myself sitting at a fountain, looking at the Pantheon, surrounded by picturesque buildings, watching my girls laugh and play, and eating gelato.  Just one of those perfect moments.

At the Mouth of Truth.  If you don’t know what this is then you haven’t watched Roman Holiday.   If you haven’t watched Roman Holiday, shame on you.

The She-Wolf nursing the twins Romulus and Remus, founders of Rome.

Rhetoric Nerd time:  This is Marforio, one of the “talking statues” or “Congregation of Wits” of Rome.  From the 16th century to today, anonymous political critiques, barbs, and witty poems  (that might get  you in trouble if voiced) were placed on these statues criticizing popes or political figures.

And speaking of nerds.  (But isn’t she a cute nerd?)

On to the Pantheon.  Gorgeous on the outside

And the inside

And then time for the really important stuff: Gelato!

On to Piazza Navona

And then on to the magnificent Trevi fountain.

Good, fun, but tiring day.

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