SinE – Day 2: Rome

Before I begin, an update on photos: I’ve uploaded panoramas to Google+ so that you can interact with them in “3D”! Simply click on the link in the captions. The last post has been updated as well.

I’ve been pretty slow on posting because of studies (at this rate it might take a year to complete), but the semester’s nearly up so I expect to be able to post more frequently in June/July.

Not only that, Chrome crashed twice when writing this post (because of Flickr!) before WordPress saved my changes, so I’m getting into the habit of saving more often.


Day 2/February 3: Rome


It was mostly showers on-off all day which put a damper on things, so Day 2 was spent going slower than I had the previous day and ended up going to far fewer places than expected.

The odd state in a state that is the Vatican City was next on my list – a short trip on the Rome Metro to Ottaviano Station and a ten minute walk takes you to the largest visible part of the walled city: St. Peter’s Square.

Piazza San Pietro facing Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano

See those people there? Even on a dreary day like this, a queue encircled the whole square.

(I know, I know. Flickr is terrible for videos.)

Panorama of the whole square (with a bit of a misalignment in the middle) (View photo sphere)
The Square’s Ancient Egyptian obelisk that’s over 4000 years old!
Security checkpoint inside the square, with the fountain in the foreground

You will probably see that there’s a security checkpoint (where all the yellow safety vested people were) – there were only two or three X-ray and metal detector stations operating at the time, which probably didn’t help in getting people through swiftly…

I decided not to pay a visit inside the church or the museum inside. Maybe I should have, but the queue made it difficult to actually do anything in a reasonable time and it didn’t help that I started getting jet-laggy. (Next time then!)

The next place to visit was the Pantheon. I opted to cross the river and make my way eastwards with a gentle walk:

Castel Sant’Angelo (Castle of the Holy Angel)
Corte Suprema di Cassazione (Supreme Court of Cassation)
San Luigi dei Francesi (Church of St. Louis of the French) (View photo sphere)

And here it is!

Pantheon at an angle

Here’s how it looks like inside (without the butchered parts of people splattered all over of course:)

Pan…orama of the interior! (View photo sphere)

It’s design is quite simple in my opinion, with statues and tombs installed of various people over the time it’s been around.

And of course it’s popular enough that you have flash crowds (they really do suddenly appear and disappear) that sometimes make it a bit interesting to move around!

I don’t really have much more to say about it really… here are photos instead!


What else did I do? Not much for much of the day as jet-lag finally hit me in the face. Here are some of the random spots I ended up at:

Colonna di Marco Aurelio (Column of Marcus Aurelius)
Palazzo Montecitorio, the Chamber of Deputies (part of the Italian Parliament) (View photo sphere)
Piazza della Repubblica

It would probably be helpful to know that I had very little planning of the places I went to – and this will apply to most of my trip as I just have not had enough time to do that. Maybe I could have crammed in more? But I wasn’t in a hurry, and this adds to the surprise when I do eventually find them.

Overall, it’s easy to get lost in the sights of Rome but very hard to get lost because the area that you probably will be exploring is fairly small and very walkable, as long as you have the stamina to do it. Otherwise Metro and buses start from €1.50, which can take you to most of the locations you’d probably want to go.

That’s all for Day 2 – probably not as exciting because I didn’t end up doing much, but Day 3 in Florence was definitely packed with stuff. So see you then!

Next up: Day 3: Florence