Last Stop - Rome! Ancient History tour

Trip Start Jun 24, 2011
Trip End Jul 04, 2011

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Have you noticed I've stopped writing Day 1, Day 2 etc?  That's because I don't think any of us knows what day it is anymore.  It has been a very busy trip but amazing of course!
Today we arrived in Rome.  We traveled from Montecatini through Tuscany and Umbria regions.  These are the beautiful rolling hills that we all see in Italian countryside pictures.  One of the things that should out were the fields and fields of sunflowers.  Absolutely gorgeous!
We stopped for lunch at one of the many Autogrill stops throughout Italy. These are basically rest stops with restaurants, bathrooms, and stores along the highways.  The two we stopped at (first for bathroom and snacks and then the next for the lunch break) were built over the highway so people could access it from either side of the freeway.  You go upstairs and there's a full buffet restaurant and snack bar.  I ordered the pasta.  Darn, I should have brought the phrase book again.  Pasta del Polpo is Pasta with Octopus!  That's ok, though, it was pretty good.
We arrived in Rome and went immediately to our tour of the Roman Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and Capitole Hill. The entire area is so filled with ancient history right next to modern city life.  People live with a view of the Coliseum out their window!  Incredible! Tha t would be cool!
Our tour guide was great but I think she was trying to cram the entire Ancient Roman History AP Course into one 2 hour tour.  If any of these kids haven't taken their World History AP test yet, they will surely pass!

After the tour we drove through some other cool places in Rome with Christina, our tour guide narrating the drive.  Then off to our dinner restaurant.
After dinner we finally made it to our hotel in Rome.  All of the perfroming groups for the festival are staying here.  It's called the Princess Hotel but we're thinking any princesses have long since departed.  It's fine but the rooms are very small.  But with free wifi and a good connection, most of us are happy!
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