Today we headed over to Piazza Navona, one of my favourites, and then south to the river. On the way we took in the galleria Spada, a fairly average gallery of sculptures and paintings with an overwhelming smell of cabbage, or was it coleslaw? The most interesting feature is in the courtyard though, a forced perspective visual illusion designed by Borromini. One of those things where the floor walls and ceiling all narrow to a point giving the impression of it being longer and bigger than it really is. Not spectacular but if you’re in the area it’s worth a visit.
After that came the main purpose of today, a walk around the area called Trastevere on the other side of the river, south of the Vatican. It’s a nice area with many winding streets, small boutique shops and cafes. At the centre is a very nice church Santa Maria in Trastevere one of the oldest churches in Rome going back to about 220.
After this we headed up the river and wandered around the Castel Sant’Angelo, originally built as a Mausoleum for Hadrian and his family and now better known from Dan Brown books and films.
Tomorrow is a tour of the Vatican gardens, Vatican Museum and St Peters.