Chiesa della Maria del San
above: Chiesa della Maria del San (Church of Santa Maria) exterior, with close up zoom of the statues and fresco paintings of saints. (click to see details)
above: The inside the Church of Santa Maria was stunning, with incredible ceilings and stained glass windows. (click to see details)
above: The inside of the church was filling up as guests assembled for a wedding...
above: the bride arrives squished in her car.
above: The bride walks down the aisle and arrives at the altar
above: The Piazza outside the Church of Santa Maria had a beautiful fountain in the center and had several cafes as well. (click to see details)
CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO I TOOK OF THE PIAZZA!
above: I liked the sound of the accordion player and the church bells at the beginning.
above: after lunch we walked across the Tiber River to visit what is called the old "Jewish Ghetto"
above: Ruins of the old "Jewish Ghetto" area, which was quite interesting
above: more of the ruins, I was fascinated as to why these remained standing after all these years.
above left: Not remarkable except that it is the oldest church bell tower in Rome.
above: I love all the narrow streets and lovely little things you can find walking down the out of the way areas of Rome. (click to see details)
I found this Fruitteria which had delicious fresh fruits and produce. The exterior of the building had ivy vines growing on it, which looked so inviting. As I walked past, the pleasant aroma of fruits stopped me in my tracks. I stuck my head in to have a look around. There was an old woman working inside who smiled and greeted me, so I replied "Buon Giorno Signora". My Italian isn't great but I managed to exchange a few more works with her. "E' oggi un bello giorno" (it is a beautiful day today). She smiled again and nodded. I had to tear myself away in order not to buy the peaches she had in a basket.
above: views of the Tiber River, which looked so tranquil.
above: we stumbled across another church in the Trastavere area of Rome, it was the Church of Saint Francis. There was a wedding there also- the tiny car out front was full of white balloons!
above: My camera doesn't do this justice, but I found this street so charming. Like most of Rome, real working shutters on all the windows, laundry hanging in balconies and window ledges, and wonderful muted colors everywhere.
above left: I liked the detail of this wall in the distance. above right: "Turtle Fountain" (click to see details)
above: Examples of the architecture found anywhere and everywhere throughout Rome.