We took a very pleasant long walk today, through St. Peter' square, past Castle St. Angelo, across the Tiber river, and over to the Spanish Steps area. Along the way, we met some interesting folks, as well as at least one unusual site.
These were a group of engineering students from Amsterdam we met not far from our apartment. They were on a week's holiday from school, visiting Rome.
Over near the Spanish Steps, we came across a military band getting off a bus, and preparing to do a brief concert at the Spanish Steps. They were quite affable, encouraging us to enjoy their concert. They informed us it was a special day (November 4th) for the Army in Italy. Unlike the military bands we saw in Florence, this group only marched when they played. They did not run.
On the way back towards our apartment, we met this very talented violinist, playing classical music with recorded background guitar accompaniment.
And then there were these six characters, in their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes, but somehow they lost their heads along the way. If you look closely, you can make out the holes in their shirts along the top third of their ties, where they can peek out at the crowds going by and try to interact with them.
Of course Rome is full of historical sites. We came across these ruins behind some construction fencing and began investigating what it was. It turns out, this was what is left of the mausoleum of Augustus Gaius Julius Caesar. They began restoration procedures back in March of this year and seems to be still going on.