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A Weekend in Rome

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Of course, the Colosseum. I didn't go inside on this trip since I had done it before (see upcoming blog of that trip)
After working hard all week, we ventured out on Saturday to see the sights of Rome.  We drove the 60 miles or so to the outskirts of the city and located a metro station.  Traffic is horrible is Rome (and most of Italy for that matter), so the metro made the most sense.  It took us about 15 or 20 minutes to figure out how to buy all day metro passes and where to get on the train.  Once on the train, it was only a few minutes before we arrived at the Colosseum.  Very efficient and recommended.

We toured the Colosseum and the ruins of Palatine hill.  There was so much to see that it was just impossible to take it all in.   We walked all the way around Palatine hill and walked the Circus Maximus (where they had chariot races in front of the palace).
Ruins of the Basilica de Maxentius, just off the Roman Forum on the back of Palatine hill.


Afterwards, we had lunch at the Massenzio Bar (which is actually a restaurant with outside seating available).  This was very good food and was located up a side street next to the ruins of Trajan's Market.

We continued to tour and saw the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Parthenon.  Photos included although they just don't do justice to the impressive sights that these places are.  Rome was also all lit up for the holidays and the streets were just lined with festive people and things going on as the evening went on. 

We ended up having dinner at a little place called Ristorante Andrea, which turned out to be one of the best meals we had during our entire stay.

By this time, it was past 11 pm, and we found that the metro had closed for the evening.  Oh great.  We had to get taxi driver (who didn't speak a lick of English) and try to tell them which metro station to take us to on the outskirts of town.  Fortunately, one of us had a GPS unit which provided the taxi driver with the information he needed.  What a night.
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Of course, the Colosseum.  I didn…
Of course, the Colosseum. I didn…
Ruins of the Basilica de Maxentius…
Ruins of the Basilica de Maxentiu…
Backside view of the Palace ruins …
Backside view of the Palace ruins…
An aquaduct leading to the Palace.
An aquaduct leading to the Palace.
A view of the front of the Palace …
A view of the front of the Palace…
The Roman Forum.  The Colosseum is…
The Roman Forum. The Colosseum i…
Ruins of Trajans Market.
Ruins of Trajan's Market.
The Massenzio Bar, where we had a …
The Massenzio Bar, where we had a…
The Trevi Fountain in the evening.
The Trevi Fountain in the evening.
Evening shopping near the Spanish …
Evening shopping near the Spanish…
Wonderful streets of Rome in the e…
Wonderful streets of Rome in the …
The front of the Parthenon at nigh…
The front of the Parthenon at nig…
View of the Parthenon dome from th…
View of the Parthenon dome from t…
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