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Well we checked out of our Paris hotel, got on the charter bus, drove 1 and a 1/2 hours to the airport, and flew on a relatively pleasant flight and landed in Ciampino airport, outside Rome. Lindsay took a valium for the flight and did very well. A day of travel with nothing going wrong? Not exactly...
We got on another charter bus, and it took us to the Termini Station in Rome, the crossroads where the everything transportation related happens. A very intimidating place for foreigners who don't speak the language. A maze of multiple floors for the subway, called the Metro; a huge 1st floor where there's endless ticketing boothes for who knows what, along with all kinds of shops, eateries, and stores; and the regular trains, taxis, and buses all over the place outside.
We got off our charter and didn't know which way was up...we poked around for a loooonng, long time asking how to get from here to where our hotel was. Eventually we got the gist of it, that we needed to buy a metro ticket and get on the subway bound for a stop called Cornelia, then board bus 146. Actually doing this was a far more difficult task than we thought.
Once again, we were constantly second guessing if we were heading in the right direction or not. But eventually we got off at our stop, got to the bus stop, and bought more tickets for the bus, not realizing that the tickets for the metro are also good for the city buses. Anyways, we got off the 146 and got to our hotel late, around 8:30pm. We spent all of our evening figuring out the Roman transit sytem the hard way. But a short time later, we got the hang of it. It turned out that using the Rome Metro was the easiet, fastest, most reliable, most cost efficient way to go about the city and visit the many sites and attractions. A ticket was good all day and between the two Metro lines, there wasn't really anywhere you couldn't go to of significance in Rome.