I know it has been quite sometime since my last post on Rome , but sheesh time is flying by much to do and so little time ...goodness!

Anyhoo click here - Rome PART 1 if you need a little refresher ...

So we left off at the Colosseum where I mentioned about those pesky local Roman guys who are dressed up like gladiators and take advantage of the tourists is our very expensive photograph with these chancers (see above). Be aware of these local con-artists.

On to the new and the oh so very beautiful Trevi Fountain , words cannot fully describe the beauty of this glorious fountain. The grandeur of it alone takes your breath away (err maybe that was a tourist elbowing me) , seriously it is memorizing. 

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Local legend has it that if you throw a coin in and make a wish you will be blessed or if you are looking for love and make a wish you will find the person of your dreams ... 15 years on and I'm still waiting!(yeah right!) 

Here is a little background on the Trevi Fountain ...

Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi) is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres (86 ft) high and 49.15 metres (161.3 ft) wide,[1] it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, and is a popular tourist attraction.- Wikipedia

It really is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rome and very popular, so make sure you visit early in the morning.

Next on the itinerary was the Spanish Steps ...

The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The Scalinata is the widest staircase in Europe.[1]- Wikipedia

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This was the most majestic staircase ever and being the widest in Europe I can attest to it's grandeur. Local rumor has it that lovers sit on the steps and whisper sweet nothings to each other all day ....hmmmmm.

My whirlwind romance with Rome was amazing and I would recommend a visit to everyone , here are a few things you might want to consider ...

- take a small carry pack , many of the squares require some walking and heavy bags will slow you down and cause you to get bumped around by the throngs of tourists.
- hold tightly onto your camera and wallet as pick pockets prey on the tourists , LEAVE YOUR PASSPORT IN YOUR HOTEL SAFE
- take at least 2 days to explore Rome at leisure , it really is an overload of history and culture and should be digested slowly and intentionally.

After all as they say ... WHEN IN ROME DO AS THE ROMAN DO!

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