Italy Day 6: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi & Ponte Sant'Angelo

February 17, 2012

Took forever didn't it, thanks to the computer issues lately I have gotten behind on the Italy front. I remembered I was behind when I received a check in the mail the other day from AWA for winning the photography contest for this trip. 

We start today on Sunday, the whole group had the day off so we headed out to see the opposite side of Rome from where we were staying. Since it was such a long walk, and we were nearly on our death beds, we opted to take the metro to the opposite side of Rome before we began our walk....which was still quite a walk. 
Our first stop The Fountain of the Four Rivers, or Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. This piazza had a huge Egyptian influence.

This was extremely phallic, but then again everything in Italy was sex orientated.

And yet it still contained a bit of Rome in it...
Statue of Romulus and Remus.

There was a group of people on Segways, we thought about it...but for what we could afford by the time we learned to ride them we would have to get off.
Yet another butcher. Look at the price of that meat!
On our way to the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Corte Suprema di Cassazione (Supreme Court of Cassation/court of last resort)

Castel Sant'Angelo
Castel to the right, Tiber to the left, and the Vatican straight ahead.
At Christmas my mom bought a calendar that happened to have a photo almost exactly like this one of this same bridge on the Tiber, but at night. It is called the Ponte Sant'Angelo and was once called Hadrian's Bridge. It was completed in 134 AD by the Emperor Hadrian. All of the angels on the bridge are said to be holding instruments of passion. 

In the next post we will explore the Castel Sant'Angelo and the interesting history that is held within.