Goodbye Roma, Day 25

After yesterday’s historical expeditions we  have a slow start and and move off, after our supplied breakfast. Our current breakfasts are being brought to us by a very cheerful young Italian woman who doesn’t speak a word of English. We decide to check out a Medici site not too far from us. The Medici family were the commerce hotshots in Florence between the 13th and 15th centuries. I’m intrigued. In order to get to the place, we have to go up the so called Spanish Steps not too far from where we are based. These steps were built between 1723 and 1725, in effect linking a Spanish embassy below to the church at the top of the stairs. At the top of the stairs is another roadway leading to the Medici villa. Once we get to the villa we suss out that the villa  has been owned by the French for a long time and is being used at the moment for some obscure educational purposes. Expedition cancelled. We take some beautiful shots from the top of the Spanish stairs and then come back down the stairs and see a lost Roman soldier. Lets get a pic. We ask how much. Strange reaction. Another costumed dude appears, grabs our iphone and starts setting up for some pics. We have lost control and are are ushered into position for photos. At the end of this little charade, the hand goes out for cash. We clearly pay too much for the privilege of some quirky shots with a lost Roman soldier. Not happy. Rip off two for the trip. And we were going so well. We opt for an early brunch, and then flick into shopping mode before making our way down to the Piazza Del Popolo, the people’s square. A lot of activity here, including young families, street performers and so forth. For many centuries this square was a place of public execution, the last one being conducted in 1826. Ummm, rightoe. We wind our way back to HQ, kick back for a few hours, and then its out to dinner, again………I’m going to miss this. A pretty cruisey last day in Roma, with the exception of our little Roman soldier. Off to Santorini.

 

Piazza Del Popolo

Piazza Del Popolo

 

Piazza Del Popolo 2

Piazza Del Popolo 2

 

a lost Roman soldier

a lost Roman soldier

 

Spanish Steps

Spanish Steps

 

 

Villa Medici

Villa Medici

 

 

~ by gazlington on June 15, 2014.

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