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Trip Start Feb 27, 2012
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Trip End May 19, 2012


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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, May 6, 2012

All roads lead here

Our bus to Rome took us via a strange hill top town called Orvieto, famous for its tasty yet salty wild boar sandwiches.

We arrived in Rome mid-afternoon and started with a walking tour which covered the Spanish Steps,Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Colosseum. My first impressions of the city itself I have to say were not that good, possibly due to the poor weather.Rome is a chaotic town and in places quite dirty. The history of this place though is undeniably amazing.

The Pantheon in particular was awesome – it's basically a massive ancient f-off dome with a huge hole in the middle. The rain that poured through the opening looked like an eerie waterfall in the low light while we were there. How they built such a building 2000 years ago is beyond me.

Our hotel was freaking miles away from town and we had to take public transport. On the plus side though there was a Mc Donald's at the bus stop where we could buy €1 burgers and beer (yes freakin beer, Pulp Fiction didn’t lie!)

The next day we were up early for a tour of the Vatican City, which turns out to be an actual city within Rome. While all the art and stuff was very cool it was totally packed - especially the Sistine Chapel. Definitely worth timing the visit next time to try and avoid the crowds.

After the tour Liz and I ducked out to escape the madness and went for a wander through Rome and see the Victor Emmanuel II monument, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

My initial bad impressions of the city were promptly gone by the end of the day – this town seems to grow on you, and I really like the mix of history and modern culture here. No-one can deny that drinking an espresso where gladiators used to fight lions is totally bad-ass.

The highlight of the day for us was stumbling across a random church (called Santa Maria in Aracoeli) tucked around the back of The Victor Emmanuel II monument - you could spend days here in Rome I reckon and not see all the cool little treasures that are hidden away from the main tourist mob.

Getting home was a total mission, it took about an hour and we very nearly missed dinner. Afterward we had a toga party at camp. Was a pretty awesome night, the group is really starting click and we are making some good friends now. There were €5 euro wine bottles available at the bar that we all drank straight on the dance floor – class.
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