We have escaped the summer heat of central Rome and I'm writing this on a shaded seat in the Piazza Garibaldi overlooking the city. There are terrific views of all the main places we have seen – we have just spotted the Pantheon. Church domes are everywhere and there dominating the view is the massive Victor Emmanuel monument known locally as the typewriter or wedding cake. This afternoon we took a stroll down through magnificent lime trees to the Trastevere district to explore the (mainly) traffic free narrow alleyways and find an atmospheric little restaurant for dinner. And for later this evening we have promised ourselves an amazing hazelnut and pistachio ice cream made on the premises just round the corner from our hotel.

Tomorrow, our last morning, we visit the Galleria Borghese – Cardinal Borghese certainly had a collector's taste for the finest sculptures and pictures – Bernini, Raphael, Rubens, Titian (sorry, I just sneezed!). A short visit to Rome packed full of new experiences and sights – just how many charming fountains have we seen?!


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