Leaving Rome...for a day.
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Today we left Rome! Don't worry, we'll return tonight, but now it's of to Tivoli...we wanted to visit the Villa d'Este and the Villa Hadriana. From Stazione Termini we took the Metro to Stazione Tiburtina. From there a train goes to Tivoli; but note: only once per hour! And it's just one track, which means waiting at stations for the other train...but hey, it's Italy and it's too hot to worry!
At Tivoli we walked to the Villa d'Este. Tivoli itself is a nice village, with small shops and narrow streets. Special thanks to the nice lady who gave directions; in Italian, but it got us where we wanted to be: Villa d'Este.
The fresco's there are worth seeing: lively colours, mythological themes etc.
After that it was lunch time, but we forgot the Italian Siësta: only lunch: everything else was closed! Hmmm...try getting your bustickets...our initial plan was to walk to the Villa Hadriana, but this was discouraged by the locals: our path would be alongside a highway! So we took the bus there. But before that, I ran around trying to buy tickets...and finally succeeded! Plus I had the most delicious Green Apple Ice cream ever! Not creamy ice with a hint of apple, but real Apple Ice, mjammie!
the bus ride took about 10 minutes, followed by a walk uphill.
The students were hot and tired at this point, and I felt dirty: the Villa Hadriana is a dusty place to be. But so nice! Then it was time for the trip back: bus, train and metro, a total of 1.5 hours! Time to hit the shower and to have diner: pizza!
After diner we walked to the Colosseum and Forum Romanum: the first magnificently lighted, the last dark and empty. From there to the monument of Vittorio Emanuelle and back to the hotel for a good night of sleep...