Si Si Si Rome Duo

Poor John had to work today so didn’t get to come with me to walk around Ancient Rome. To begin, I admit I was a bit worried about going to the Colosseum area because super touristy things are not normally my thing and I can usually pass them up easily. I had time today though and I was very happy I did get my combined ticket of the Forum, the Palatino area and Colosseum for €12. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the audio guide because I didn’t have ID on me, oops. You can see pretty much everything from the road but I think it was worth it to walk down in the ruins. I entered through the Forum gates, the centre of the Roman Republic…

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From the Forum you walk up the Palatine Hill to where the Emperor and upper crust of society resided. You can completely see why because it overlooked the city and would have been surrounded by lovey gardens and trees…

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You get a lovely view of the next stop from up here…

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Yes, the Colosseum. I really was taken with it and I’m a bit surprised. It was amazing. It was like an old Sky Dome! (Without the baseball and more of the gambling on which gladiator or animal would survive type event!)…

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It is also quite amazing how seamlessly this structure fits into everyday Rome life today…

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Of course the road leading to the Colosseum is full of people trying to take your money. This is one I haven’t seen before…it also gets weird shot of the day…

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Before meeting John at the end if the day I took a closer look at Capitoline Hill…see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier…

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No crafty finds this trip unfortunately but I admit I wasn’t looking.

So, arrivederci Roma…

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Rome Part Uno

Wow, two major European cities in one month! Not really planned that way but I’m not complaining of course. It was quite dreary when we got into Rome on Sunday and we were hours delayed at Gatwick but we still managed a nice meal of pasta and wine (delicious) with a view of the Trevi fountain at night…

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Unfortunately, the damp and chilly weather continued on Monday. We stayed at a wonderfully located hotel so lazed out the door onto the doorstep of many beautiful churches. I was most impressed here…

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This is the largest Jesuit church and the ceiling was painted to make it appear dome shaped.

What can I say about this area and all of Rome but very old and beautiful…

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(Many news reporters in piazzas because of the election.)

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We had the most gorgeous pizza before discovering the Pantheon…

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On our walk through the wonderful piazzas of the area there was much to see in quite corners (important to note that it’s very off season, so even though I whine about the weather I much prefer it to crawling with tourists!)…

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And the famous Piazza Navona…

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On the way to St. Peter’s square I spot many interesting finds…

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(I have a thing for door knockers now!)

Then the main show, as I call it…

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(Notice this from a certain Dan Brown novel?)

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On our walk back to see the Spanish Steps (yes, John and I get around fast. Although we didn’t pay to go into the Vatican Museums this time) we saw this hilarious sight…clever…

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Piazza del Popolo, stunning…

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Finally, I’m Audrey Hepburn at the Spanish Steps…

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Oh and don’t worry I did get my pistachio gelato but just don’t have a picture because John was too busy tucking into his!