Ancient Rome in a day
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We started at about 10 AM. Today was our ancient Rome day. Our first task was to find the 87 bus to take us to the Colosseum. Our tour map said it stopped at the Pantheon bus stop but not at Piazza Navona, so we headed towards the Pantheon. We couldn't find any bus stop on the old streets. We ended up taking the bus the wrong way so we actually got off the bus and crossed the street. We had to wait for the 87 bus going the opposite way and we found that it had actually stopped right outside our B&B on the exact same street.
Our first area was the Colosseum, explained by our Rick Steves tour podcast. It was interesting to see from the ground level and the first floor. Almost as big as modern day stadiums.
It's interesting to watch the “Gladiators” around the Colosseum. Of course they will pose for a picture with you, but they will charge quite a steep price. This one lady had a picture taken with her family of 5 or 6. And the guy said “that will be 2 Euro for each person, I'm not the boss I don't set the price. My wife is the boss.” If you want a picture with these guys negogiate before taking the picture.
We also made our way through the Palatine Hill and the Roman forum also with the help of the Rick Steves Podcast.
At night we decided to figure out the 116 bus in Rome. This is a special bus route because the bus is actually a mini bus not a normal size bus. It's small because it goes through the old Roman streets that are really narrow. We needed to figure out how close to the Borghese Gallery it stopped. So at about 7 PM after we had our supper we decided to hop on the bus. Our plan was to take it there and ride it all the way back. The bus made it to the Borghese park and the Borghese gallery. We were on our way back when the bus driver signalled. “End of the line” he of course said this in Italian. When we got off we looked up and saw that the last bus run was at 7:53PM. We knew that line was finished. So we had to find a way back. Fortuneately we had our trusty map so we were able to figure out a bus route to get us close enough to walk back to our place. We hopped on the 94 bus and we got pretty close to the Patheon so we were able to walk to our B & B.