(I just realized now that Nessun Dorma means “none shall sleep.” This amuses me because when we heard the song, we had been awake for about 33 consecutive hours, if you disregard the hour or two of restless sleep we got on the plane from Chicago to Rome and some nearly comatose minutes during dinner when I almost nodded off at the table. Thank goodness for espresso.)
|A local symphonic band performs in Piazza Navona on Saturday, June 18, 2011.|
La Banda Musicale della Guardia di Finanza, or the Financial Guard Band of Rome. Maybe the band members would like to come to Northfield in 2013 for the next Vintage Band Festival? According to the website, the band was founded in 1926, and it has traveled abroad several times, most recently in 2002 when it performed a concert at Ground Zero in New York.
We stayed for a few more songs, savoring the moment of tranquility in a day filled with activity. Then, after a stop for gelato at Gelateria Della Palma (our second visit of the day), we felt the jet lag begin to overpower us, so we returned to our room at the Hotel Abruzzi and its view of the serene Pantheon. We soon fell asleep, charmed by the everyday wonders of life in this ancient city.
|The view of the Pantheon from our room at the Hotel Abruzzi.|