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Piazza del Viminale

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  • Day17

    Walk till you drop

    January 5, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Today was our walk walk walk day with no museums. But we did start with a church (Santa Maria in Trastevere) and end with a church (Santa Maria Maggiore), because both of them had amazing mosaics spanning the 5th - 12th centuries. In between we just walked and enjoyed the sunny day — along the river, to St. Peter’s (the crowds and the lines even to get into the basilica made us decide to skip an inside visit), to Hadrian´s mauseoulum, to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, many ruins of temples, forums, and theaters.

    Since last night’s dinner at Crispi 19 was very good but just too much pretense (many different waiters for different functions, including one whose only job seemed to be to use that bread-crumb-remover on the tablecloths), we’re looking for something above paper tablecloths, but not fine linen.

    Only two more days here, and I guess it’s only fair that tomorrow I go along to the National Museum, since Joe was such a good sport today.
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  • Day16

    Still cold, but sunny in Rome

    January 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 2 °C

    Lesson to self: Buy fast train tickets a few days in advance. We could only get seats on the 10:40 “intercity” train, and to add insult to injury, we sat on the tracks somewhere between Palermo and Rome for 45 minutes. Luckily, I have a couple of good books. We didn’t get to our Rome hotel till about 2 in the afternoon, had a quick lunch, and walked around for a couple of hours to get our bearings. We are in a good location, not far from Trajan’s column. The Trevi Fountain was mobbed mobbed mobbed, much more crowded than my pictures showed from spring break 1995.

    Planning to get a good fish dinner and plan a walking route for tomorrow. Probably no museums tomorrow, but we will see. Three days in Rome is not much time, but we will do our best.
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  • Day18

    Museum Day

    January 6, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    We slept in a bit, no need to rush, and since it is January 6 (Epiphany), it’s even more of a holiday than Sunday usually is. Our hotel had tons of special traditional sweets at breakfast, added to the overabundance of sweets they serve on normal days!

    I was skeptical about these museums (the National Museum of Rome has two locations about 5 minutes apart from each other, one on each side of the train station), but I have changed my tune. The first had the best statuary that’s been found in Rome, some Greek, some Roman, and mosaics and frescoes from two huge villas excavated in the 1900s, one of them under the Termini train station!

    After a couple of hours at the museum, we took a break in an old 19th century cafe where we got the Italian equivalent of sliders for lunch. Very tasty and a nice break from the pasta, pizza routine.

    Then to the second musum, which is located inside what were the largest public baths (capacity for 3000 bathers, with a huge outdoor pool as well). It was really interesting, and we also got to walk around a cloister designed by Michaelangelo at age 86, when the pope converted part of the baths into a church, to recognize the 40,000 Christian slaves who built the baths.

    With another hour or so of daylight, we hoofed it over to see the Colisseum in late afternoon, as opposed to early morning, light. Very nice both ways!!!
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  • Day19

    Last Day in Rome

    January 7, 2019 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    So, this morning as I was mapping out a walk to some of the parts of the city we hadn’t visited, I decided to check Vatican tickets for the day. And tickets were available, so we decided to head back, visit St. Peter’s, and go to the Vatican Museums.

    There were no lines to get into the church so we sailed through security and were inside in no time. The basilica is overwhelming, the size of everything is so giant. Some of the statues of popes really made them look human, though, even at that size. I am glad we went. My favorite part was walking to the top of the cupola — Joe took the elevator but then had to walk the last couple hundred steps anyway. The views from the top were great, and it was another crystal clear sunny day.

    We were exhausted by the time we left the Vatican, about three hours after entering. I understand why they leave the Sistine Chapel till the end, but it was hard to feel bright eyed after hours of statuary, papal apartments, and Raphael rooms. The colors are just as brilliant as they look in pictures, and I particularly liked the Noah’s Ark panel. All in all, a good way to end the trip.

    Tomorrow we will be up at 4:30 for a 5:15 car to the airport. Yikes. Going through London, glad it’s before Brexit!
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  • Day4

    Roma

    September 8 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Alle Strassen führen nach Rom.

  • Day2

    Visite complete et guidée

    August 13, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Avec cette chaleur ça a été une véritable épreuve mais très intéressant biensur !

  • Day1

    Arrival

    September 18, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    After 27hrs travel we are here. A suprise visit from Moo was the start to an amazing 1st day ....as was the view at the end of our street! We moved from our hotel room to our airbnb and met Maria (ahhhh Maria I hear Cambey sigh). Our apartment is AMAZING. Windows open directly onto a busy, bustling street full of tourists, gelato shops and a souvenir shop - perfect spot for people watching. We all jumped on a hop-on-hop-off bus for 2 tours around Rome, Molly went back to the circus and we wandered tbe streets at night ...and stumbled upon the Trevi fountain.Read more

  • Day2

    Plans interrupted by the Pope!

    September 19, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We got up at 5.50am to catch a train to Vatican City see the Sistine Chapel (which really paid off as we were practically alone in there) and then walked around to the Basillica....but the Pope was talking so the Basillica was closed - we'll have to come back. A quick trip to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain (we WILL come back), a rest on the Spanish Steps before dinner at the lit up Colosseum with Cambey and Molly.Read more

  • Day3

    Pompeii

    September 20, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Up early for a day trip to Pompei... what an amazing place. After a very, very hot day we popped in to Brewdog for a quick beer - and left 4 beers later, before weaving our way around the lit up Colosseum on our way home #gottaloveRomeRead more

  • Day4

    Colosseum

    September 21, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    What a day....Colosseum, Cat Sanctuary and Roman forum (via a short 4km get lost detour). The Colosseum was incredible - a childhood dream come true. We clocked up 22 000 steps! While I patted cats, in a sanctuary on the site of Julius Ceasears murder, Matt stumbled upon an old water tank which turned out to be the Pantheon - Wow!!! Went home to cook pasta...what we thought was tomato passito turned out to be chilli jam. A quick trip across the road to cool our mouths with a gelato.🍦Read more

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