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Palatine Hill
Helen was already on the terrace for breakfast when we arrived and Earl was still in the sack so, again, the three of us ate together. Earl joined us just before 10:00 and we set out via some small steps that descend in front of our rooms for Piazza di Spagna where we grabbed a taxi to the Palatine Hill, entering where we bought the tickets yesterday. Going there was a great idea; the weather was clear and cooler and the place is very restful. This hill, recognized as the legendary birthplace of Rome, was the location, in later years, of its largest palaces and is, in fact, the origin of the word “palace.” We spent hours just wandering slowly and I took countless pictures. From Palatine Hill are great views of the Coliseum, the Forum and the Circus Maximus, though that is now just an empty area where once the great chariot races were held.
 

Lunch was on the sidewalk at “La Pace del Cervello” only a couple of blocks from the Coliseum after which we took a cab to the foot of Via Veneto and walked up its length and then back to Piazza di Spagna. Helen and Earl wanted to find some gelato and we were more inclined towards wine so at this point we split up, agreeing to talk at 6:00 to plan dinner. Lin’s feet were bothering her so we stopped at one of the first places we came to, the Hosteria Giggi, near the Piazza di Spagna. At first, they seemed hesitant to allow us to just have wine but they relented and we ordered a bottle of Fontana Candita. As we drank, we decided to have another bite to eat so we shared some Rigatoni Putenesca and, eventually, some excellent chocolate gelato. In the end, it was a damned expensive snack but what the hell. Back at the top of the Spanish Steps once more we found lots of artists so, after some shopping, we bought three small watercolors in a single mat. As is typical, Lin took a nap while I did the finances and wrote my diary. 

At 6:00, Lin was still sleeping so Fabio Due, Helen and I made the dinner plans. Dinner was at Chinappi on Via Barbarini, just near the bottom of Via Veneto. It was very good but, as Fabio had warned us, a bit more expensive than on previous nights.


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Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Coliseum from Palatine Hill
Coliseum from Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
From Palatine Hill
From Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
Forum from Palatine Hill
Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill
Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill
Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill
Circus Maximus from Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill
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