It’s 5am…I can’t sleep! I’d arrived in Rome the day before after a long 24 hour flight and the jet lag was setting in!
The only way to beat this was to get up and tackle the day! It turned out to be the best decision.
I had the streets of Rome to myself.
As we were staying near the Trevi Fountain, I headed that way. In the quiet of the morning, you can actually hear the water before seeing it.
The carabinieri were sitting in their car but no one else was around. I was taken back by the clear view I had of this masterpiece. I’m used to seeing it surrounded by throngs of people throwing coins in the fountain in the hope that they will return to Rome.
The sun was just hitting the top of Nicola Salvi’s monument. I took a few minutes to take in the details of this amazing baroque sculpture built at the end of the Aqua Virgo aquaduct that brought water to Rome. Sometimes you just miss seeing the little details..how perfect Palazzo Poli is as a backdrop to the fountain, the details of the sea shell chariot and the tritons on the side.
Next stop the Pantheon! I cross Via del Corso and head down Via San Pietra, past Salotto 42, a cocktail haunt of past trips, and into Piazza Della Rotonda. Again I am alone!
The cobblestones glisten from a recent hosing and I stand and wonder at this amazing building. I resist the temptation to go inside and have another look at the incredible dome, and keep walking! I wonder if Caffè Sant’Eustachio is open for an early morning coffee but instead head past one of my favourite restaurants, da Armando Al Pantheon on the way to Piazza Navona!
The sun is just starting to rise and highlights the facade of the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone behind Bernini’s famed statue, the Fontana dei Quattro Fiume (Fountain of the Four Rivers).
A quick snap of the finer details of the fountain and I’m off. I don’t want to be late to the markets!
Rome’s outdoor market, Campo de Fiori, attracts locals and tourists at all times of the day. However on this occasion, I am too early! Boxes are only just starting to be unpacked, and the square is very quiet. I will have to return later in the day.
Instead I head to another of my favourite haunts that is very close by.
Near the corner of Via Vittorio Emanuele II and Via dei Baullari, Il Fornaio is the perfect place for an early morning snack or quick slice of pizza. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, cakes and desserts aren’t forgotten! Breakfast on the run!
Heading back to the hotel, people are starting to appear and the town is waking from its slumber. They have missed the best time of the day!
Piazza de Pietra 42
Sant’Eustachio il Caffè
Piazza Sant’Eustachio 82
Da Amando al Pantheon
Salita de’ Crescenzi 31
Tel: 06 68803034
Via dei Baullari 5
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