Rome to Florence
Today I traveled by bus to Florence, Italy. Florence is where I will be spending the remainder of my time in Italy and I couldn’t be more excited. I have moved into my new apartment that overlooks a very (very, very) busy and loud street.
During our last dinner in Rome I had some time (3 hours to be exact, dinners take a lot longer in Italy than in the states) to discuss my favorite sights with all of my new friends. I loved getting to see the Trevi Fountain and the Coliseum, but I’ve decided my favorite sight in Rome was the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi or “Fountain of the Four Rivers”.
This beautiful fountain is located in the Piazza Navona. The Piazza Navona area is also home to many street artists and a fantastic café that has the best hot chocolate. The Fountain of the Four Rivers was sculpted by the artist Bernini and has so much symbolism and hidden features it is impossible to spot it all in one visit. As you can see in my pictures the fountain features sculptures of men. Each man represents a different river; The Nile, The Ganges, The Danube and the Rio de la Plata. The Nile statue is seen holding a cloth over his head, which represents that at the time of the fountains creation, no one knew where the source of The Nile was located. There are also other features that make this fountain very interesting including the a big fish that looks as if it is swallowing water from the fountain, but is actually a hidden drain for the fountain.
On my last touring day in Rome I visited Vatican City! I have some fantastic shots from St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Vatican Museum. I will post these pictures as soon as I can get my hands on a card reader for my camera.