Campo Dei Fiori, Da Vinci, & Trastevere for Lunch

Our destination for the morning was the Campo dei Fiori Market in Piazza di Campo de Fiori, to check out their daily food market extravaganza. This is Rome’s oldest market and is held Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whether you’re looking for fresh food to cook up for your stay or gifts to take home, you’ll find it here.

Rome Camp dei Fiori piazza view

Rome Camp dei Fiori dried tomatoes, spices

Rome Camp dei Fiori flower tent vert

Rome Camp dei Fiori meat shop

Rome Camp dei Fiori Cucina

Rome Camp dei Fiori mushrooms

Rome Camp dei Fiori pasta bags

Rome Camp dei Fiori pasta tent  Rome Camp dei Fiori tents, statue back

Rome Camp dei Fiori veggie display, bike

Rome Camp dei Fiori veggies & garlic

Rome Campo Dei Fiori bike & fall display

Rome Campo dei Fiori fruits

Rome Campo dei Fiori grappa samples

Rome Campo dei Fiori olive oils

Rome Campo dei Fiori Wally and pasta

After we drooled our way through the market, I wanted to visit the Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit “Big Machines” just a street over. It was an exhibit of his machine inventions  that had been re-created.

Rome da Vinci entrance sign

Rome da Vinci piazza entrance

Rome da Vinci info page

Rome da Vinci flying inventions, wally

Rome da Vinci flying wings  Log splitterRome da Vinci log splitter  Rome da Vinci tank info

Rome da Vinci tank

Printing press

Rome da Vinci thingI wanted to go to the Trastevere District next, so we headed towards the river through the Farnese Piazza. Turning left at the Palazzo Farnese, we stopped at an usual looking church to peek inside. It was the Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, exterior

Inside the marble and art was amazing!

Rome, Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini hori view

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini alter & painting Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini big view

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini column tops

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini domed alter

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini Mary & Jesus

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini monk & baby clsupThis mosaic was on the floor at the front of the church and the tiles were tiny

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini mosaic hand full

Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini mosaic hand closer   Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini occulus dome  Rome Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini, Jesus & pewsWe came to the Tiber River as it began to sprinkle.

Rome, Ponte Sisto Bridge, Wally

Rome Tevere River reflection, bridge & dome

Rome Ponte Sisto Bridge, Tevere River viewWe had crossed over into Trastevere…

Rome Trastevere statueOne stop shopping for gelato and booze.   Rome gelato, beer, beverages

The rain had started to pick up and we didn’t have on our rain gear, so we scooted into the first restaurant we saw, The Mirror Pizzeria, which had a covered patio.

Rome The Mirror Pizzeria, Trastevere extA bottle of wine, salad and pizza was just the thing to wait out the rain. Rome The Mirror Jamie & Wally

Rome The Mirror menu

Rome The Mirror pizza & saladAt the table next to us were four American girls from Texas and California. We enjoyed chatting about our explorations as the rain pounded down. One bottle of wine led to two (it was still raining)  Rome The Mirror Trastevere lunch friends

Pouring and hailing really… what were we to do but drink some moreRome Trastevere downpourAfter a while, the rain let up and the sun started breaking through the clouds. It was nap time again so we charted our course back towards the Pantheon Inn.

Rome streets

Rome The Mirror pizza & salad

Rome neat building rounded cornerWhat a nice birthday so far! Back after while with the rest of our day…

The Spanish Steps and a tour of the Pantheon.

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