January 24, 2006
Being able to sit outside while enjoying a meal with a few of your closest friends is not a concept foreign to Americans. However, sitting in a courtyard created next to the Pantheon is! Once you find the Pantheon (randomly placed among more "modern" buildings), it's hard to leave. For one, Renaissance painter Raphael is buried here and two, it is a site from the bestseller Angels and Demons, written by famed author Dan Brown. But the thought that this here is one of the oldest buildings in not only Italy but Western civilization, built around 118 to 126 AD, is enough to blow your mind away! So leisurely sitting outside on a sunny spring day while eating gamberetto et penne is not only the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Italy, but the perfect way to live.
Hours: 9a-7:30p M-Sa, 9a-5:30p Su Cost: Zero Euro! Unless you plan to eat at a cafe of course!
From journal All Roads Lead to Rome