Italy – Rome

20 – 23 July 2018

60,000 Steps in 48 Hours (not that we are counting)

We arrived in Rome thinking of it as a quick stopover before leaving our Europe adventure. Having both been to Rome before we weren’t too excited about it.

We were wrong! We had forgotten that Rome is simply an outdoor museum, with amazing old buildings and history staring you in the face at every turn. I remember heading out on our first evening to walk to Trastevere to meet Josh and John, who we met on our sailing trip, for dinner.  We walked past the Roman Forum, the Colosseum  and crossed the Tiber river, just to name a few sites. It was amazing. And Rome just kept on giving, I had forgotten what a magical city it was.

A few highlights: 

Trastevere- this is a great neighbourhood. I would definitely stay there next I am in Rome (we did throw a coin into Trevi Fountain so I guess we will have to go back). It’s very cool with lots of funky cafes and little cobbled streets. It’s pretty close to most attractions as well. We went to Roma Sparita and tasted their infamous Cacio e pepe pasta dish (thanks Ash and Chrissy). It was absolutely delicious and I highly recommend. We also went to Cajo & Gajo for dinner on our last night. It was more informal and had fabulous food and a good vibe.

We walked all over Rome and tried to see a few things we hadn’t seen before. I highly recommend the Galleria Borghese (which you need to book) and spend lots of time in their sculpture area. The skill level of these sculpturers is amazing. We loved Bernini. We also went to the Baths of Caracalla which was a fascinating insight into old Roman Days.

Of course we spent time in the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum. They will always amaze me and I will never tire of walking through these ancient ruins. We were smart and arrived late in the day and had no queues…bonus!

We queued for ages though to get into St Peter’s Basilica but that was worth it, even though at the time we regretted it. I suggest going very early. We didn’t bother with the Vatican City as having both already been there. We did look out for the Pope but didn’t get to see him.

We enjoyed just hanging out in Rome, eating good food, *trying every fresh pasta we could manage as well as every *gelato flavour we could fit in.

And that’s it folks. We finish our European adventure with mixed feelings. We used our full 90 day visa allowance and loved every minute. We know we will be back, there is so much we want to still experience.

On top of our list are:

Cycling the Eurovelo 1 route from Norway to Spain making sure we spend time in France practicing our French.

Hiking the Dolomites and visiting/cycling around Lake Como in Italy.

Experiencing more of Tuscany and the  Lucca Summer Festival.

But until then I am happy to relax at home, spend time with family and friends and enjoy all we have in Melbourne. We leave Europe to start our trip home via Bali for a few weeks, our next and final chapter.

* Finding Wilson

The Creator made Italy by designs from Michelangelo.’

Mark Twain

 

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