The Basilica di San Giovanni, pizza and supplì along Via Merulana and video of the Colosseo at night

Colosseo at night

While today may not have been as wild as my first night in Rome, it certainly was productive. I had my first of many cups of gelato and slices of pizza during this trip, and it was certainly interesting when I tried to order a new SIM card at Telecom Italia Mobile (there are still bumps in my Italian listening comprehension). All’s well that ends well, and I now have an Italian phone number, as well as a taste for more snacks.

Wandering from Re di Roma to the Piazza del Colosseo, I made a stop at the Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano and spent some time walking down Via Merulana, a beautiful avenue of shops and eateries (pizza and supplì below are from Panarte). There was also the Scala Sancta, the Holy Stairs that the faithful must ascend on their knees.

At the end of the day, I spent the evening watching the sun set over the remnants of Ancient Rome…

Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano

Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) in Rome

Next to the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs)

Scooters along Via Merulana

Pizza and supplì at Panarte along Via Merulana

Via dei Fori Imperiali - Colosseo and nearly full moon

Colosseo - Nearly full moon through the arches

Graffiti-covered train at Stazione Termini

Street art and signs at Stazione Re di Roma