We started our day with a second visit to Piazza Navona and Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, or Fountain of the Four Rivers, which Fletcher has decided is his favorite thing in Rome thus far. The fountain depicts four figures representing the major rivers of the continents to which Catholicism reached: the Danube, the Silver River, the Nile and the Ganges. We were at the fountain to meet the students, but Fletcher spent the time walking around the fountain identifying (and explaining to me) the different animals and symbols entwined within the marble.
Next we visited the beautiful Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza, a tiny Baroque church built by Borromini as the chapel for the University of Rome. It might just be my favorite church in Rome. After Sant’Ivo we stopped in Sant’Eustacio caffe for Rome’s best coffee. Fletcher is becoming quite the cappuccino connoisseur, which could be dangerous.
After coffee, we stopped into the Basilica of Sant’Agostino to view Caravaggio’s Madonna di Loreto, then picked up some postcards on the way home for siesta.
Afternoon found us exploring Testaccio in a light rain. When the Protestant Cemetery was closed, we changed direction and wandered by the Bocca della Verita just in time to slip in before closing.