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Monday, June 27, 2011
As Night Falls in Rome
Light Transforms Buildings and Fountains
We stayed at Trevi Fountain until the sun started to set and the fountain's lights began to glow softly, casting shadows into the flowing waters. It was a very peaceful way to end a long day of exploring the ancient city of Rome.
A short walk away, we climbed the dimly lit stairs up to Quirinal Palace, the residence of the President of the Republic of Italy. On the piazza stands the imposing Monte Cavallo Fountain with the two giants, Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri. The fountain seemed to glow as the light was cast onto its form.
In the distance, the dimly-lit dome of St. Peter's Basilica could be seen, with the background painted by nature as the sun continued to set. St. Peter's dome had formed the bookends of our day.
Leaving Quirinal Hill, we walked past Hotel Giardino which would be our post-cruise hotel, and continued for about 15 minutes along a wide main street of Rome lined with shops. Doing some window shopping along the way, we finally concluded our day, by checking train schedules for our morning trip to the pier in Civitavecchia, in the lobby of Hotel Sonya.