After our visit to the keyhole we went to Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. Rome’s city hall is located there along with some amazing statues. The lion sat at the bottom of the Capitoline Hill cordonata and the man standing next to his horse was at the top. (I didn’t notice until much later that I caught the lion smoking on the job.)
Piazza del Campidoglio
A replica of the Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius stands in the center of the Piazza del Campidoglio, on top of the Capitoline Hill.
Salvatore had a surprise regarding lunch – he made reservations for us at a local trattoria – a restaurant where Italians ate, not tourists! It was run by two brothers, Dino and Toni. The place was small but quaint and the food was out of this world! My favorite part was the desert wine. Now that was sweet (but not too sweet)!
After lunch we went to the Piazza Navona, a popular square in Rome that contains three fountains built during the papacy of Gregory XIII.
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Fontana del Moro
Fontana del Nettuno
We went back to the apartment that evening tired but happy. Day 4 is next – Florence and Tuscany!