Today was one of the few days on this trip that we didn’t plan out before we left home. We intentionally let today be a free day in case we didn’t have enough time or energy to hit all the highlights yesterday. We started out in town looking at the Teatro Mercello, an ancient Roman theater, some of which is in ruins and some of which is still in use.
The next stop took us to the Roman Jewish ghetto. We walked around the Jewish Museum and then toured the Spanish and Great Synagogues. We weren’t allowed to take pictures of the former, but we got some great views and pics of the Great Synagogue upstairs.
Following this we got gelato on Isola, and then backtracked through the ghetto on our way to the Pantheon. Like most pagan structures in the city, this ancient temple was converted to a Catholic Church, but some elements of its roots still remain. For instance there is a vacancy in the ceiling allowing the sun to shine through at different angles during the day, casting a sunbeam on select parts of the church.
After eating lunch we went to the Trevi Fountain. Ryan was not impressed. Entirely because the city decided to start repairs on the fountain during tourist high season. So we mostly saw dry scaffolding behind plexiglass barriers.
To finish off the day we went to the Quirnale and Plazzo delle Esposizioni.
After returning to the hotel we went out to the pool to relax our muscles from the long walks, and to tan and blond.
Tomorrow we tour the Vatican.
Today’s weather: Mostly sunny 86/68F
Total steps taken (fitbit): 13,670