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Our first impressions of
Then the tour started…. The Colosseum is almost as cool as the Houston Astrodome. We loved hearing about the historic details.
From the Colosseum we walked over to the Circus Maximus – home to chariot races thousands of years ago, the yard is now falling apart and littered with coke cans, cigarette butts and graffiti. Around the corner from the Circus Maximus and the Colosseum is the Forum. There is some underground excavation on the property which, even though closed the public, the work gives tourists the opportunity to peek at some of the ruins upon which the Forum was built.
All of this walking, and of course just being in
After lunch, we headed towards the Pantheon, which doesn’t look like much from the outside but is a stunning chapel on the inside. Too bad all of the tourists choose to ignore the “no bare shoulders, no talking and no photography” signs and treat it more like the castle at Disney World.
Not far from the Pantheon is the Trevi Fountain. Along the way, we stopped to share a chocolate Gelato and had to eat it really fast – it’s hot here and Italian ice melts quickly! We also had the chance to admire some great architecture and watch some interesting people.
We arrived at the Trevi Fountain, which is bigger than we expected and has the cleanest flowing water. It’s the only thing that’s clean in this whole city. There are tons of people gathered around throwing coins in for wishes (I wonder what Randy’s wish was), taking pictures and enjoying the cool water. It’s a great place to stop and rest tired feet.
But, we didn’t have much time. We were in search of 1) the
We couldn’t stay inside all day though – we had to see the Spanish steps. How fun! Again, lots of people taking pictures and having a good time. We walked to the top to take some photos of our own and buy water! Then, we consulted the map to find the Fendi store which was close by.
Afterwards, all we could think of is taking a shower, so we found the Metro line and after some scrambling to figure out how the tickets work (there are no directions on the ticket machine), we caught the redline back to our hotel where we are now clean, resting our feet and getting ready for dinner which will definitely include some pasta and hopefully some red wine.
Another full day tomorrow – we’re taking a tour of the Vatican museums, visiting St. Peter’s Basilica and the