First full day in Rome
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Well we had to get up around 6:30 had breakfast and left to meet a local tour guide. First we did a tour while we were still on the tour bus while the local guide explained the different areas and history. She knew her stuff but after being on a bus the entire last day all of us were just anxious to jump off and start exploring.
Finally we were able to get off the bus and continue the tour on foot. We first went to the Colosseum which is another thing that you see it so many times in pictures and books but to see it in person is as if you are seeing it for the first time. It was great. Because we went really early and were with a tour we had no lines to wait in. It was also nice not to have many people in the Colosseum with us. By the time we left the number of people waiting was insane.
But once you get to the top it is lovely to be able to take it all in. To imagine what it was like in its full glory and the matches that took place there. You can also see a great panoramic of the surroundings as you walk around the top.
The forum was really nice to see and walk around in. However I missed most of the history info and stories from our tour guide. She used one of those "whisperer" system where she speaks into a transmitter and we all have headsets on to hear her. Well the only problem with that is there are so many people so you can't stand right next to her the whole time and if you were more than 4 people from her you heard nothing but static. We had used these many times with other tour guides and were able to have a pretty good distance between us and the guide and still hear fine. But not this time. So that was disappointing. I actually started listening to another tour guide.
We then went to St. Peter's Basillica/Vatican CIty. And we were lucky that it was a Sunday which means the Pope comes out to give his sermon! The Pope was at his summer home (which we travel to later in the trip and saw him!) so we only got to see him on the big screen. But the experience was still unforgettable. No matter what religion you are or the fact I couldn't understand 90% of what he said due to not speaking the language, there is just something about it. And to see the number of people who were all gathered in the square to hear him speak.
My friends and I only watched for a few mintues then ran to get into line (while it was "short") to go inside.
We then went back to the hotel to freshen up and head out to an optional excursion dinner.
Before dinner, part of the excursion was to see Rome at night.
I think the Trevi Fountain was probably my favorite of all of them. When you are walking to it you hear the water then turn the corner and there it is in all its glory! There were so many people there which you expect. But of course you want it to just be you so you can get that picture pefect stranger free moment. Haha. But it was really beautifull. We were told if you throw some coins into the fountain you are supposed to return to Rome again. So all of us being touristy decided what the hell and threw some pennies in. Anything to help my chances on returning I say!!
We then boarded the bus and drove for a few minutes to our resturant.
The food was really good the wine was even better!! At the end of the night the owner came out with roses and had the husbands give the wives the roses by mouth like you see in the movies.
But it was a great great night. If you are ever in Rome I suggest going to this place the food is great and it was a ton of fun. The owner made the night! The name is Dominvs Ristorante-Pizzaria.
After we left our tour director and tour bus driver had another surprise for us. They took us back to the Bisillica to see it at night and take pictures. It was really pretty. It's amazing how things look one way during the day and completely different by night. So we stayed there for about an hour taking photos and just having fun with our group.
We then headed back to the hotel to call it a night.