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Rome Oct 7

There was a tremendous thunderstorm as we ate breakfast, but it had passed and the sky cleared before we went out.

We started off by taking our hop-on hop-off bus to the stop nearest S Maria Vittoria. But even closer to the bus was another S Maria basilica which we went into.

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It is cavernous and has several points of interest. It is built on the site of Diocletian's baths and incorporates some of that structure. It has a long astronomical path inlaid into the floor and the sun shines on different markings along the path throughout the year. There is also a grand free standing organ.

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Leaving here we continued to S Maria Vittoria which is a rather small church. But it contains a Bernini sculpture, "The Ecstacy of St Theresa".

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It is hard to credit that such a lifelike thing could have been created from stone.

Next we walked down to another church, S Maria Maggiore. It is huge. It is not without beauty, or at least grandeur and opulence, but did not attract us much. We did pay to go into the treasury where there was an abundance of gold, silver and bronze things. But the embroidered vestments were the most amazing.

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We had bruschetta for lunch and then went our separate ways. Shirl came back to the hotel, intending to do some shopping on the way. I walked down to S Giovanni in Laterano, another church, the cathedral of the diocese of Rome. I guess I'm getting jaded with churches by now because this one just impressed me as immense without much scaled to human size.

From the church I walked to the Colloseum, but took the wrong road do had a rather longer walk than intended, but quite pleasant.

I didn't go in to it as the ticket line was over an hour long and then there was the security screening line after that.

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Today is Shirley's birthday, so we are going out for a proper Roman dinner.

Posted by JimShirl 10:17

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