We had been a tad miffed that it had been closed on Sunday and Monday but, when we went in on Tuesday and realised that the oc ulus (holein the dome, pictured) is open to the elements, we were somewhat mollified.
It's truly a vast space. Although much of the decorative splendour has been plundered for later marvels over the years, I loved it. I also loved the tomb of Raphael - so modest and simple.
Then back to the Piazza Navona en route to the Castel Sant Angelo
We walked down this endless street, named after the laurel bushes at every doorway. It was a street of artisans, dealers and artists - fascinating stuff.
Is there another city in Italy famed for having a bridge on which lovers lock a padlock to symbolise the strength of their union? Although there were a few padlocks, not so many to justify my having heard of this practice. I believe that the weight of padlocks on the bridge I had heard of grew so great that the Council had to remove the panels with the padlocks attached to prevent damage to the bridge!! Maybe it IS this bridge but they haven't been replaced yet??
Views for the lovely terraces of the Castle.
And a final spin back to the Spanish Steps...in daylight this time.