The trouble with Rome is that there is just too darned much to see.
Everywhere you turn there`s some building, or detail or piazza begging for your attention.
Take the Piazza Navona. We only chanced upon there on our way to the Pantheon. There was something strikingly beautiful and different about it all.
That gave me time to swot up on Piazza Navona on my little guidebook. Oh my! The place was chock full of treasures. I practically stumbled out onto the cobblestones blinded by the light of it all.
To my right was Bernini`s Fountain of the Four Rivers. He designed it in 1651 for Pope Innocent, to show the spread of papal rule in four continents.
So, four mighty rivers:the Ganges, the Nile, the Danube and the Plate are depicted in this monument. Isn’t it astonishing to see such beauty hewn out of a big lump of rock?
I love the way the fountain waters are fed through the monument.
Getting even closer, brings greater rewards. Look at the detail on this foot, for instance.
That`s just one monument.
There were two other fountains either end of the piazza but I didn’t even get near them. There are two churches too and two palaces but I barely gave them a passing glance.
No, there were other sights earmarked on my Rome guidebook. Places to go, things to see and distractions to fight along the way.
And only a day and a bit to do it all.
Plainly, tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain would be a very necessary step.
Should our energy flag and time run out, we would have to come back to see more.