The subject of Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ is Spiral. I immediately thought of this spiral staircase leading up to the Cabiria Restaurant at the Marriott Grand Hotel Flora in Rome. We were whisked up to the roof deck by elevator, but after dinner, even after a few glasses of wine, hubby and I decided that this was a far more exciting way to get back down to ground level. On my winding descent, I counted 186 steps.
Wishing you all a splendid Sunday and new week ahead. It seems impossible that we’re almost into September and with not a skerrick of travelling done this year.
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge Stairs Or Steps reminded me of a staircase we encountered late one evening in Rome. On arrival, we were whisked up to the rooftop restaurant in an elevator and had a lovely evening of good food and live music. When it came time to leave, there was a long line of people waiting to use the elevator down again, so hubby and I decided to take the stairs. There were quite a few steps down to the street level, but I decided against sliding down the bannisters.
Rome’s Baroque style Trevi Fountain, is one of the most famous in the world. Sculpted from Travertine stone quarried in Tivoli, work began in 1732 and it was finished in 1762. The most recent restoration of this beautiful and artistic edifice, was completed in 2015 at a cost of €2,2 m, and was paid for by the Italian fashion company Fendi.
The tradition of throwing coins into the fountain whilst making a wish, is thanks to the 1954 award winning movie ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’, and results in over €3,000 per day being thrown into the Trevi. This money is collected each evening, and distributed among the poor. In 2008, it was also used to open a low-cost supermarket in the city, for the needy. To ensure your return to Rome, you are supposed to throw your coin with your right hand, over your left shoulder, something which I’ve done on both my visits there. I’m sure many of you have done the same thing.