And here we are, on the last stop of the trip - Rome! After the chill atmosphere of Cinque Terre, the hustle and bustle of Rome was a shock.
We took a 3-hour+ train from La Spezia that morning, and arrived in the city in the afternoon. We easily walked to our hotel, checked in and then went for dinner. Exhausted from the travel, the Moms retired for the evening, but L and I went for a walk.
This tunnel was not far.
We wandered back to the hotel with a bottle of wine and sat out in the starry night on our room's little deck.
Bright and early the next morning, we headed out to get our single day in Rome started. With only one full day, we narrowed our agenda to just 3 monuments: the Coliseum, Palatine Hill and the Forum.
The sheer size of everything in Rome is boggling.
Walking past the Forum area.
Oh, that's just some arch.
I lost track of everything and gawked and took pictures. I was the classic tourist.
Cat of Italy!
|Where's his hand...?|
Warning: lots of Coliseum pictures ahead. Read about it here (Wiki), if you're so inclined.
While the Coliseum is smaller than a modern sports stadium in a big city, it's not by much. It is a HUGE building.
The hidden below the main floor section.
If you pay extra for a private tour guide, you get access to a little more. See the people on the floor at the other end?
After the Coliseum, we headed across the piazza to the Palatine Hill. (Wiki here). It was supposedly where Romulus (who Rome was named after) and Remus built the original city of Rome (with much murdering).
Lizard of Italy!
As close as we got to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel.
It had rained the night before, and the big puffy clouds lingered all day.
It took us until the early afternoon to get through all of these three sites, and as you can see, there were a lot people.
One last look back.
We headed out for a well-needed rest (5+ hours of walking!) and lunch, then L and I wandered around shopping and checking out a few other cool old buildings, including the Pantheon! (Wiki link here).
We also scoped out the Spanish Steps, which are famous for...being in movies ("Roman Holiday", anyone?). Wiki here.
I still had a little "birthday credit" from Mom, so I bought this funky skirt:
Great pattern and colours too.
It's by Darling.
We were up bright and early the next morning, and out to the airport. We made our connection to our Frankfurt-Victoria flight with literally 5 minutes to spare. We sat down; they closed the plane doors! I have never run through an airport so much as I ran in Frankfurt's!
We missed our connection back to Victoria, but managed to get home only a couple of hours late. Vizzini was so happy to see us!
Phew! And now, I've had the full week off work - yee haw! - and I've been up to all kinds of shopping escapades, which I'll share with y'all tomorrow. Thanks for reading along, and if you didn't read, well then, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.