The second last leg on my 50th celebration six week holiday had us in Rome. Glorious Rome.
The natives were very friendly as they were all over Italy and as was the red wine!! A wonderful trip with great food and adorable landscapes we arrive on this last leg of Italy into its capital. Teeming with tourists we plied our way through the hordes to visit the Vatican (at least an hours wait to get inside) and Castle St Angelo, St Peter’s Basilica, the colosseum, The Pantheon and last but not least the shopping! Italians know how to shop and know how to give you a quality product especially in leather… ohh the shoes!! Its a toss up between the red wine and the shoes which holds 1st place in my memory 🙂
We entered Rome via the railway system which as I have said before is outstanding. You can go anywhere pretty much by train, they do run on time and are quite comfortable. A lovely way to see everyday life is in a train with Italians all around, watching the countryside rush by.
We stayed in the Campo de’Fiori which I have to say was the best spot in the whole of Rome, right outside the door practically was the market place with lovely restaurants only a short walk away in the cobblestone piazzas and not too far from that the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and not to forget the Spanish Steps.
It was the middle of summer and I remember how hot it was. our apartment unfortunately was at the top of a very steep staircase on the 4th or so level, it felt like the 50th! Our bags at this sage were at least 30kg. The poor man who showed us to our apartment was such a gentleman he took both bags up and I think it almost killed him. We didn’t have air conditioning which was something we should have looked at beforehand as it was very, very hot (have I mentioned that already). It was July. The apartment was picked because of its view over the rooftops of Rome, I would have selected air conditioning and less stairs instead of a view in a heartbeat!
Other than that the trip was great. I had been years before but being a Contiki trip, of course I didn’t remember a thing! Other than the heat, a wonderful adventure!
My previous posts – Trip of a Lifetime I – Paris, Trip of a Lifetime II – Provence and Trip of a Lifetime III – Lake Como, Trip of a Lifetime IV – Venice, Trip of a Lifetime V – Cinque Terre & Trip of a Lifetime VI – Sienna, Tuscany.