This is going to be along one! We were only in Rome for three days but there are so many pictures. These are just a few of them. If you want browse them all go here.
We took the train from Lucca to Rome in the morning, checked into our hotel then headed out. After we got the Metro system figured out and swore off buses everything went smoothly. First stop the Pantheon, it the only place we had trouble finding, but I think thats due to our getting off from a bus rather than sticking to the metro which we did after this. You’re walking along these narrow streets then there is is. Amazing! We choose to eat and rest where we could see it. Totally worth it, even though they forgot our pizza for a loong time, at least we had wine!
Then we took a walk towards the Trevi Fountain but one of the guide books mentioned an old and famous gelato shop along the way. We gave up on gelato after our second one, and had ordred desert after all our meals instead, but a friend told me I had to try panna cotta gelato so we were looking for some. We didn’t find any but I braved the crowd to get us each a cone. Sweet freaking deliciousness! This was by far the best we had and I had cream on top of mine!
Then it was on to the Trevi Fountain. Amazing! Truly beautiful and the crowd around it. WE both tossed in a coin ensuring our return to Rome.
Then we continued our stroll to the Spanish Steps, it was almost dark. They were covered in azaleas. Beautiful.
Then it was back on the metro and back to the Hotel. It had a rooftop terrace with an amazing view.
The next morning we headed to the Colosseum bright and early. All the guide books say there are long lines to get in, but we got lucky and there was no line and we got right in, there really weren’t many people in there. It was truly amazing. You come up out of the metro then, bam, there it is.
We walked through the Palatine Hill area. Very beautiful as well.
Then we headed to the Forum. It was just amazing. I’ve titled and tagged all of my pictures in Flickr so if you want to know what you’re looking at browse through them.
The Temple of Julius Caesar is mostly ruins but there is still a niche in front where his body was burned. It’s covered with metal to protect it and you have to wait in line to go around part of the wall and there are flowers on the remains of the altar.
The other thing Chicabean and I found most interesting was the Umbilicus Ubris, it gets very little mention in the guide books and not a lot of attention from the crowds, so we had to hunt for it to be sure we’d found it. It was the designated center of Rome, the point from which all roads were measured. So when you say all roads lead to Rome, this is where they lead.
We had lunch near the Colosseum.
Then it was back on the metro to go back to the hotel for our siesta.
Then we headed back to the Spanish Steps in the daylight
We headed to a Irish Pub for dinner. Doug & Tab, I thought of you where there and took more pics of it. This is the first beer we’d had over there, I had Kilkenny, yum!
We lingered there for a while so we had an appetizer first. There is cheese, stuffed olives, something with rice in a tomato sauce and cheese and I can’t remember what the other things was.
The next morning we had to check out by 11 am, so we looked for things to do close to the Hotel, so went went to the Capuchin Crypt. Um, yeah I totally wussed out, I had to sit down then leave. No pics because we weren’t allowed to take any and it was too hard to sneak one while feeling like you’re gonna pass out. But google for images and you’ll see plenty.
Then we went to the Baths of Diocletian, which include the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.
Then it was time to switch hotels, we went back to our hotel and checked out and got on the train to the Airport to go to our next hotel. Our mom was able to get us a free room at the Hilton next to the airport for the last night, which was nice since we had to be up at 4 am for flights out. We had some Panna Cotta in the hotel, we never did find Panna Cotta gelato but this was delicious!
We took the hotel bus to the metro then went to St. Peter’s Square. We didn’t go into the Basilica, but the Square was very impressive!
This is probably one of my favorite pics of my sister, we were sitting on the steps in the shade, resting.
After that we went back down to the Colosseum area, the street was closed off for a street fair! Very cool
We visited the Victor Emmanuel monument which includes the Tomb of the Unknown Solider.
Near it is the Capitoline Hill, the highest of the7 hills of Rome and the piazza was designed by Michelangelo.
There are so many views overlooking the Roman Forum. There are many small forums in this area, but the biggest is the most famous.
Exhausted we found a place for lunch. This was the worst wine we had. We shared a pizza too.
We had to get back to the metro to make the bus back to the hotel and the prices of the hotel food were expensive so we got a pizza to go. We were being pokey until we realized we’d miscalculated the time we had left and the number of metro stops. The buses only run every 2 hours and we didn’t want to have to wait for the next one. We were pushing it down to the minute. When we got off the metro we ran for the bus, I got confused and went the wrong way so even though Chicabean was carrying a pizza she beat me! LOL Plus we were laughing so hard. But we made it.
The next morning bright and early began my long trip home. I was not ready to leave, usually by the end of a trip I am ready to go home and sleep in my own bed and be around my own things. I could have stayed in Rome.
I had to go through security in Rome, London and Chicago and the TSA agents in Chicago were unbelievably rude. It was clear that they were little people high on a power trip. A very sad re-entry to the States.
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