Since we had to fly into Marseille, we didn't do too much. We did some shopping and saw the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.
Designed by Nicola Salvi and finished by Pietro Bracci, the Trevi fountain is one of the most famous Baroque-style fountains in the world. Legend has it that if you throw a coin into it, you'll come back to Rome. Unfortunately, the fountain was under some heavy-duty construction. I definitely plan on returning to Rome someday, even if I didn't throw in a coin.
There is a Pantheon in Paris, too, but here is probably the most famous one...located in Rome's Piazza della Rotonda...
It was completed in 128 AD and is probably one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings. It was once used as a church in St. Mary's honor. Former Roman kings are even buried there. Here are some photos of the interior:
That concludes my first (but not last) visit to Rome. Later that evening, my family and I headed to Marseille, France. Our plane was delayed for about an hour and a half, and when we landed in France, it was 2 in the morning. That's another story for another post...