We got out of the train in Rome and it was wonderfully sunny and about 75 degrees. Gorgeous. First things first, food. We went into a pizzeria just inside the terminal for a slice. This was a fast food type place and let me tell you, it was the BEST pizza I have ever had! I am not kidding you, it was amazing. We all drooled over it, it was incredible.
We got a cab to our hotel, it cost a fortune because there was a political protest and some of the roads had been blocked off by police. We checked into our hotel early, they gave us a map of the city and we headed out. We have 4 days here before we get the Holland America ship. This wasn’t originally part of the plan but the ferry to France only runs on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s and, as I’m a planner, I prefer to be there with time to spare than arriving the night before and hoping there are no glitches. And I have been proven right, as there were more glitches in those 4 days of travel than I care to think about.
We were within walking distance to everything. We walked to the Piazza Navona which is beautiful. We walked through the tiny little alleyways where motorbikes weave in and out at pretty high speed. We walked a bit of a ways to the Colosseum. The kids were amazed! I was amazed! It was, well, amazing! We got tickets for the main level and it took about 1.5 hours to walk all the way around. We shamelessly listened in on some of the guided tours that we passed. And when we finished, the kids were too tired to walk back, so we got a bike rickshaw back to the Trevi Fountain. The girls got chocolate gelato and we strolled around some more.
Actually, when I say we ‘strolled around some more’ what I mean is, the streets are extremely narrow and the buildings are very tall, so it’s easy to lose your barrings. So it took us an hour to find our hotel which was really only about 7 minutes away.
We cleaned up, dropped of some souvenirs and headed back out to the Piazza Navona for dinner. The Piazza Navona is packed at night. What was an empty piazza during the day, is full of artists, tourists and musicians. It was wonderful to sit in an outdoor restaurant, eating pizza and pasta and watching the night life.