Three days in historic Rome!

Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
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Trip End Dec 31, 2014


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

We managed to walk, with our luggage, from the hotel in Milan to the train station.  Once there, we figured out which train to get on and managed to arrive in Rome, just as scheduled.  Again, we hopped in a couple of taxis and were dropped off at our hotel a short time later.  I feel pretty good that I was able to get my 'flock' out of Paris and into Rome without any snafu's!  It was really quite fun being on our own and the fact that we did it successfully has me thinking of some future trips!  
So, now we are back with Monograms.  We met with Maresa, our local host and were given some info on walks that can be done from our hotel, along with a recommendation for dinner.  So, after settling in we headed out!  The streets of Rome can best be described as 'a bowl of spaghetti poured out on a table'.  There is no rhyme or reason and we were quickly 'mis-placed', truly the best way to be a visitor to a new city!  

Our second day in Rome was spent on a couple of guided tours.  The first took us to Vatican City, Sistine Chapel and St Peter's.  After a quick break we headed over to Ancient Rome and toured the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.  Talk about a morning filled with history!  

The morning tour was included as part of our Monograms package.  We chose to continue with Alessa, our guide for an afternoon tour.  This included a trip along the Appian Way and a tour of the San Sebastiano Catacombs.  We would end this tour at St Pauls Cathedral, which would be the highlight of the day for all of us!  Spending the day with Alessa, A Roman 'native' was also fabulous. Her knowledge and love of her home made this a truly memorable day!  

Our last day in Rome found us heading out for another walk.  Again that 'spaghetti bowl' of streets managed to get us completely turned around, more than once actually!  But we had a fabulous time stumbling across historic sites like Castel Sant'Angelo, and the Ponte' Sant'Angleo.  The Ponte' ( bridge ) dates to Roman times and is filled with statues depicting the passion of Christ.  We would also spend time at the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Novonna.  It was another fabulous day.  

We have been told that Rome is very crowded and hot in the late spring and summer months.  We had none of those problems which led us to believe that a visit in November is perfect.  I feel like we barely had time to see a quarter of what this historic city has to offer and can't wait to come back for another visit!  But, for now, it's off to Florence!  

 
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