Rome. Kicked. Our. Butts.......
Each day we would go out into the blistering heat and run all over the place seeing things, trying to find somewhere to eat, taking busses, subways etc. On our first full day we saw the Colloseum, The Roman Forum, Palatino and Ostia Antica. The trip to Ostia Antica (an old roman village ruins that are really well preserved) involved taking a filthy, graffittied, stiflingly hot train devoid of electric lighting, but it was worth it. That day we ate sandwiches from a street vendor and dinner at the hotel restaurant (minestrone, cantalope wrapped in proscuitto, etc.). On our second full day we saw The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. We ate delicious pasta at a wine bar, had gelato by the Trevi Fountain and dinner near Piazza Navona. In Piazza Navona they have this light/music show on each night that blares opera, shoots lasers and projects images of the Virgin Mary and other italian stuff on the side of a building. This was at first enchanting, hello Italian opera being played during an open air dinner, but soon became obnoxious and embarassing. On our final day we got very ill and MISSED SEEING THE VATICAN while we hid in our hotel waiting until it was time to catch our overnight train to Paris. However, the last day was not a waste. I ventured out into the neighbourhood surrounding our hotel to get a few supplies and I learned a few things. First, I learned that while a woman travelling in Rome with a male companion is 100% safe from Italian catacalls the second she ventures out alone she will be hit on. Second, restuarants in Rome are expensive and grocery stores are mind bogglingly cheap (and they sell super cheap wine, like $2 CAD a bottle!) If you plan on visiting Rome try to stay in a vaction rental with a kitchen and cook food yourself, not only will you save money but you will probably get a much more authentic culinary experience.
Now for photos...
View from the train of the Italian countryside
Gladiator on a smoke break outside the Colloseum
Black cat who appeared to live in the Colloseum.
In the Colloseum
Walking across the road from the Colloseum to the Palatino, it's probably about 10:00 am and we are already sooo hot and tired.
I couldn't get enough of the olive trees!
Gardens inside the Roman Forum
At a Roman theatre in Ostia Antica
Passageway from one room to another grown over with ivy.
The Trevi Fountain
Pasta at a wine bar!
Sitting in the hotel lobby after checking out, killing time, missing the Vatican, staying near free bathrooms...
We got on the overnight train to Paris around 7 that evening....I thought nothing could be worse than our complex, delayed and exhausting trip across the Atlantic, but I was wrong. Nothing could have prepared me for an overnight train ride with a stomach bug.
If you have any questions about visiting Rome, feel free to comment and I will try to answer them!
Up next: Europe Part 3: Paris (a very short story)