|View from The LOFT|
I arrived at Termini with some stress... my electronic ticket disappeared from my super smart iphone and I was TERIFIED they were going to charge me, so I played the innocent American, explaining my issue in English. Called me dad, he searched my inbox, luckily found the email and re emailed it, on another lucky side, the conductor was very nice, and she just asked me for my name and said she would look up my reservation. Good start to Roma!
|Citta del Vaticano|
Day #1. Lovely breakfast at THE LOFT... hopped on the bus to the Vatican. Walked around the walls to find the Musei Vaticani, walked in without a problem, no line, no nothing, only a fee of 8 euro per person. We patiently walked through the first few rooms listening to Rick Steves, then picked up the pace to find la cappella sistina :D There we listened to Rick explain the different scenes that Michelangelo depicted on the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel. Truly beautiful.
|On top of St. Peter. ha!|
Depending on the number of people climbing, their nationality, and how far apart from them you're walking... the climb up St. Peter's Cupola gets progressively more beautiful, more difficult, more condensed and 100% more smelly. But the smell is worth the view and the cool breeze when you emerge from the top of the dome. The climb also takes you inside the Basilica's dome, so you can see the ceiling you were staring up at from below and see the mosaic ceiling up close, very cool!
|I think he's coming back!|
|Panino di mortadella in Campo dei' Fiori|
After the climb, we descended the stairs at a quick pace, stopping to use the bathroom atop the Vatican. Then we went off to find a recommended restaurant by Mom, Da Giovanni, on Via della Lungara, that Lexi and I had tried to find when we were here, but failed. We ended up finding the place without much difficult, but it was nearing 3:00pm as we did so, and when we asked to be seated we got the hand gestures that the restaurant was already closed. Bummer. So we walked back across the river to grab a deliciously salty Mortadella sandwich from Il forno di campo dei fiori. Tim was wildly impressed with the deliciousness of such a simple sandwich, and with fuel in his stomach he was ready to go again! We headed towards Piazza Navona, facevamo un giro della piazza, crossed toward the Pantheon where we had to stop at Cafe Sant'Eustachio for a cappucciono. It was good, and a must do stop in Rome, but the cappuccinos we had in other places in the following days were so much better! So from Sant'Eustachio we hit the Pantheon, crossed our way through streets, passing Giolitti where I forced Tim into buying a gelato (I was too full)... then landed upon the Trevi Fountain where we threw our 3 coins in order to secure a return to Rome one day. Lots of sights seen day 1, so we returned to the hotel on foot, passing through the view of the Quirinale at sunset (PRETTY!) and ready to take a nap before dinner time!
Day #2. OLD STUFFF!
By the time we finished meandering our way through every old thing in Ancient Rome, it was already late in the day and we were in need of a pick me up. First, I made Tim walk up a bunch more stairs, and then we were on top of Capitoline Hill where the Capitoline museum is. There we did the sneaky "marisa" trick and entered in the back that takes you to the cafe of the museum without paying entrance. Here the view is FANTASTIC and the caffe latte freddo are delicious as well! We enjoyed our iced lattes, rested our legs, checked out the bella vista then went to do a little shopping and see the cats of Largo Di Argentina. We didn't
|rooftop wine and cheese|
|carciofo alla romana, fried artichoke!|
Day #3 - L'ultimo giorno :(
|Piazza della Rotonda|
|squishy on the window|
The bus situation was rather confusing, and I was happy I walked there with him, because they never told us we had to get a voucher to get on the early buses. So we were waiting to get on the bus when I realized everyone had a fake ticket along with the regular bus ticket for that specific bus, so we panicked, ran to the ticket desk and luckily they still had tickets for the early bus. So after a little confusing we figured it out, we said au revoir because our next encounter would be a Paris! (we're lucky kids) His bus drove off and I headed back to the LOFT for an extra hour of sleep before I got the train back to Bologna to head to a full day of classes. Exhausting weekend, but WELL worth it! I LOVE ROMA! I don't think I'll ever find a city that beats Rome, cuisine, culture, language, old stuff, new stuff, FIAT500s... The city has them all!
Next stop... PARIGI!