Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Roaming Around Rome

Monday was a travel day for us. We checked out of Edi's place at 10:00 AM but left our luggage with him for the day. We went for a walk around the old town, hoping the crowds would be smaller but along with the usual tour groups there were also school groups. Dubrovnik is a very busy place!! Our flight was short and we took the express train into the main train station in Rome. Our hotel was a short walk from there. We are very pleased with the hotel, great location, rooms are excellent and breakfast is included.

We started our first day in Rome with a walk to the Spanish Steps. When we visited here with our school tour we couldn't get anywhere near the steps for crowds. Today was a different story. We visited the church at the top and then took our time walking down the steps. Even the horse drawn carriages weren't busy!!
Our next stop was Trevi Fountain. Legend has it that if you toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain you will be guaranteed a return trip to Rome. Must have worked because I think we tossed a coin the last time!!!
The skies clouded over and there was a light rain falling when we arrived at the Pantheon. We took some time to sit and enjoy the beauty of the building.
By the time we walked to Piazza Navona my feet were beginning to hurt, just like the poor guy's feet in the Fontana dei Quatro Fiumi or fountain of the four rivers. We strolled around listening to street musicians and admiring the painting on display.
We walked to Castel Sant' Angelo and then over to the Vatican. This is where everyone was hiding!! The lineups to get into the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica were over half way around the square. We were very happy that we had seen both on our last visit, saving us the long wait today!!
By this time we were ready for some gelato!! We checked out a book store on the way back to the hotel and bought a map of Tuscany for our drive on Thursday. Tonight we will enjoy a glass of wine and an evening meal at a ristoranti in Rome and then an early night, we still have lots to see!!

1 comment:

Pat said...

Rome looks fabulous! Look at that line! Good thing you've been there, done that! Gelato in Italy! What can be better than that?