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Report 1396: Roman Holiday

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Fall 2007

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Page 8 of 16: Friday September 7 – Via del Corso

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Bocca dell Verita

Luciano Pavarotti died yesterday in Modena at the age of 71. I know this because it is front-page news in all the newspapers. Inside each there are several pages detailing his life and career.

We didn’t get away from the apartment until after 11:00am. BW & I walked over to the nearby Bocca della Verita, in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, for the requisite Roman Holiday photo. Next we made our way over to the area of the Pantheon and an espresso at Tazza d’oro where we also purchased some coffee beans to bring back to Canada. We met Steve and Brad for a late lunch on Via del Corso, then split up again.

BW & I spent most of the afternoon walking and shopping along the Corso. I am amazed at the number of tour groups wherever we go in Rome. The Corso is the nexus of a lot of groups as they make their way to and from the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. In addition, the Corso is a major shopping area that includes the popular Galleria Alberto Sordi. There are people coming at you from all directions in parts of the Corso. Occasionally a group stops along the Corso for a brief discourse, causing another obstacle to navigate around.

We had an excellent dinner at Grappolo d’oro Zampano on Piazza della Cancellaria, just off the Campo de Fiori. Highly recommended.

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