Sunday, March 21, 2010
When In Rome...
...eat, pray, love the food, the architecture, and the people's open spaces.
...sit on the Spanish Steps under starry skies. It's a good place for a kiss in the dark and a limoncello gelato.
...walk everywhere. It's safer than getting on a bus with pickpockets who easily spot the American tourista.
...touch the hand of God in the Sistene Chapel. Well, at least point. People are expected to hush themselves there but the Vatican hires a guy dressed in black to come out on a staircase every few minutes. There, in a deep voice, he shouts, "Silencio!!" The crowd quiets for a minute. Before long, their enthusiasm regains, the place hums with voices, and the man in black comes out again.
...wait for the Pope's Swiss Guard to appear and practice maneuvers. Chances are, the pope isn't there to be guarded.
...sob over Michelangelo's Pieta in St. Peter's Cathedral. Some idiot came in there with a sledge hammer once and beat on the sculpture to damage it. Now we can view it only through bullet-proof glass. :(
...walk in the ancient part of the city where Brutus and his buddies walked and talked. It's a ruin, of course, with barely a tree in sight but it's rich with history just the same.
...stare at the miracle of the Pantheon, walking around its spaces so well-lit by one grand skylight.
...sample paninis, red wine, fresh salads.
...watch the police.
...shop in the Galleria.
...but don't leave before you've tossed three coins in the fountain--Trevi Fountain, that is.