20€ in Rome Challenge! Day 3
Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Rome
Day 2 has been a perfect place so far we are now Day 3 in Rome. what a nice feeling to be here in the middle of winter and spring It’s not that cold outside but with the ray of the sun it makes everything just flawlessly Perfect.
Getting back to our previewed plan for this day we’ll be devouring the other sectors of the city including Vatican of course, one of my reasons of coming in Rome is to visit Vatican and I won’t ever waste any chances.
First up is famous Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, our hotel is not far from here, it was the easiest access of all.
The oldest church in Rome and holding the title of ecumenical mother church unlike numerous churches this one is very special, they call also as the Cathedral of Rome it consist of various elements inside, fascinating designs and architectural inspirations.
Roman Ancient Wall
After a few walks is the pont or what you call the wall just located beside the Metro of San Giovani, it’s very attractive ancient castle which was destroyed but still standing until these days.
Sad to say people doesn’t have any interest of taking picture of this monument maybe I was the only one who find this one as if it belongs to those travel spots to discover, there was no description nor information about this wall.
Park View in Rome
We took a ride going to see the Villa Borghese gardens, when we arrive at the place we took the wrong exit and went into the park on the other side it was so funny cause we took a path following our map and we made a twirl of march and ending up in the same place (it was insane)
After few attempts we determinedly find another spot to visit and that’s why we found this perfect panorama view of a plaza.
Piazza del Popolo
Admiring the buildings around it I saw again some of the churches that we might possibly visit.
Passing through those boutiques in the streets was severe for me I can see my eyes sparkling looking at those dresses, bags, shoes, that are calling me to buy them.
Finally arrive in Pantheon, that was about 1.5 km of walk, its nothing for us (talking proud).
I’ll give you a quick look what’s inside this church, honestly when we came here for me it resemble an ancient greek building with supposedly field with statues inside but when I went in it was totally different from what I’ve imagined.
The entrance here is free so don’t worry as for now we haven’t spent any for entrance fees yet, hopefully we’ll not encounter that.
Piazza Navona was next, as we came into the site as usual there were too many people walking back and fort all over the place, there were music, people singing, laughing, drinking and taking selfies around.
The place was magical whenever I look straight from left to the right everything seems glimmering as if I was in the land of fairies.
The Main Fountain
The biggest fountain is located in the middle it’s called Fountain of the four rivers its architectural design is unique from its creator Bernini one of the greatest architect way back in his era.
There are two another minor fountains found in the southern and northern part of the place, the northern end is the Fountains of Neptune represents Neptune wrestling an octopus.
At the South its the fountain called Fontana del Moro because the Romans thought the statue’s face had African features.
Next in line was originally the Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican but the moment when we arrived there it was full of people and the queue was super long (promise it was) so we decide to move and look for other places to visit.
In the adjacent road you’ll find this Castel Sant’Angelo we just walk straight up and found this directly.
There is an entrance fee to get into this building, but in case you might like to see what’s inside you’re very free to do so, but for us we were contented of the view around the bridge and the river.
The Famous Bridge
It was lunch time and we were in the perfect spot, the place of Piazza Navona we found some great and cheap restaurants from 10 euros per menu and up.
We took the one with 12 euros menu and ate at that place simple yet delicious italian pasta plus drinks and dessert included.
Lunch is done, we need to pursue our mission of walking, visiting rather. following the flow of the river we stumble into this weird formation in the middle.
I was searching its name in the internet but nothing came out, it’s location is in Tiber river near Tempio Maggiore di Roma in the middle of Ponte Garibaldi.
The first building is the General Hopital and the other one behind it is Basilica di San Bartolomeo all’Isola.
Temple of Fortuna Virilis
Mostly known Temple of Fortuna Virilis is one of those best preserved temple in the Rome history just beside it is Tempio di Ercole Vincitore one of the historical landmark mostly known as Temple of Hercules Victor or Hercules Olivarius a Roman temple in Piazza Bocca della Verità.
Heading to is Santa Maria in Cosmedin a 700s basilica with Romanesque tower known for its Mouth of Truth a legendary Roman lie detector.
Circus Maximus an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium back in Roman era.
Baths of Caracalla
Last to visit was Terme di Caracalla or Baths of Caracalla the second largest Roman pucblic baths of the city during Roman empire.
As I look into the map instead of getting a metro or tram we just walk to get home it wasn’t that far anyway.
And the challenge? We made it. YES!
We spend less than 20 euros/person that day and everyone is happy.
Follow our Day 4 in Rome visiting Vatican City and the rest of the places to discover.