April 25 is a holiday celebrating the liberation of Italy in WWII. Combined with the canonization of Pope John Paul II and another pope, whose name I always get wrong, the city is very full of tourists.
I set out early in the morning to get some groceries for breakfast. Streets weren’t busy then.
Then to San Luigi dei Franchesi for more Caravaggio, where we noticed the crowds:
So many tourists
Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Michelangelo’s statue of Christ carrying the cross:
someone helpfully added a loincloth…Michelangelo would not have been pleased
Lunch at Casa Bleve:
zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta
sliced beef, artichoke and tomato
rigatoni and sausage
pasta with artichoke and lamb sauce:
The first Jesuit church in Rome, Il Gesu:
Sant Ignazio Loyola, dedicated to the founder of the Jesuit order, similar but not quite as elaborate:
the interior dome is an illusion
Tried to go into the Pantheon but it was too crowded and Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza was not open. Ended up having a drink in Piazza Navona: