Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Termini Station to the Pantheon

Start heading North on Via G. Giolitti, stay straight for five blocks (by blocks I mean cross streets or alleys, you'll quickly notice there aren't real blocks in Rome). You will see the Repubblica on the right, then turn left on Via Nationale. You will walk eleven blocks and you will see Mercati Traianei on your left then you will make a right. At the next block you will turn left on Via IV Novembre, follow for three blocks and the street name changes to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, stay straight to the new road. After seven blocks turn right on an alley that will drop you off right at the Pantheon. The Pantheon is nearly 2,000 years old and one of the most famous ancient buildings still standing in the world. Inside the Pantheon you will find the crypt of Raphael along with several beautiful paintings. The dome ceiling is one of the most unique sites in Rome and the whole in the top center is the only light in the entire structure. Originally a pagan establishment, the building turned church offers Catholic services for the public every Saturday and Sunday.

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