Top: Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers on the Piazza Navona in Rome. In Domitian's time, this long, oval plaza was a racetrack, used for both horses and chariots. In 1644, the area was rebuilt by Pope Innocent X.
Second: a detail of the area over the inside entrance of the church. This one rivals St. Peter's in opulence, and we almost missed it. Hearing music emanating from the open doors after dinner, we went in to discover a magnificent old church, built in the fifth century.
We had dinner on the Piazza Navona. I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant. We sat outside, under another of the ubiquitous umbrellas, and enjoyed an excellent meal. I had risotto con funghi and a bit of my husband's lasagne. There is no way I can describe it except to say it bears no relationship at all to what we in America know as Italian food. There are no preservatives, no additives, and everything is fresh and natural. The food is truly good, unlike nothing else. The bread is fresh and flavorful, the olive oil fragrant and light, the herbs are piquant, the cheeses are mild and sweet - and the desserts? Heavenly. I hope that the gods of Trevi Fountain will grant my wish to return to Rome someday. (The sooner the better!)
Artists and photographers display their wares on this plaza, and tourists and locals alike stroll among the easels, gazing at the art and making deals. I saw some very interesting art, mainly landscapes of Italian countryside or street scenes of the famous piazzas, along side the ever-present caricatures of famous people. You could get your own drawn for a price, but I declined. Any photograph of me is caricature enough!
Addition: Buffy's comments prompted me to come back and tell you that I lost five pounds while I was in Europe, despite eating sweets everyday and mounds of good food. We did walk a fair amount each day; probably 3-4 miles.