We walked alongside the church and our first stop was a small cafe for a light lunch.
We wanted to see the facade so made sure to walk out to the front and got some good photos. It reminded me a little of San Clemente from the front, just much larger.
We took the bus to Pyramide stop and changed to one going down the Appian Way so we could tour the San Callisto Catacombs. I thought it a very worthwhile stop. The Catacombs tour is very short, like 20 minutes inside, but they pack in the information and it's really impressive to see the remains of this important burial site. The guide said over 500,000 people were buried there but there are now no bones remaining. I'm sure it's true but it's very hard to believe not even a little pinkie bone is somewhere in there.
Afterwards, we waited for the bus on the very busy Appian Way. While waiting, hubby worried that we'd be hit by a car or something flying up from the road, a not unreasonable concern, but thankfully the bus finally arrived, already packed with people.
We routed ourselves to the subway and made our way to Santa Maria Maggiore. Walked along busy Cavour street to this Basilica. I was a little disappointed by its outside facade which seemed in need of cleaning and restoration, especially compared to San Paolo fuori le mura. The inside was quite impressive, though.
We stopped for gelato on our walk back to the Cavour Metro stop. We were aiming for a little restaurant just outside the metro stop which had a happy hour with good looking food on their buffet. We had drinks and ate up the food on the buffet, which was all delicious. I'm sorry I can't remember the name of this place because it sure was a nice experience.
We took the Metro to Colosseo for views of the Colosseum and Forum. I had read about the light show at the Forum of Augustus which we wanted to check out. After slight detour for wine, beer and cheese at a restaurant overlooking Trajan's Market, I think, so we could use the bathroom, we stood and watched a little of the light show. Don't know that it would be worth the steep admission price (20Euro) but it was cool to see how the buildings looked before time and scavengers destroyed them.
Back in our Trastevere 'hood, we went looking for a nightcap which we found at a cool place around the corner (another place I don't have the name of!).
Then to bed around 1230am. It had been a full and satisfying day in Rome!