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Published: April 29th 2011
Mercoledi / Wed 27 April - Day 2 Roma – the holy trinity Wednesday was the day we headed out to visit the Vactican but also so did thousands of others. Rome is super busy as this weekend will be HUGE in Rome, the previous pope, Pope John Paul is being sainted or beatified from 30 April.
We did quite well with 6 hours of walking, massive crowds in the Musei Vaticani, St Peter’s Bascilica and the Sistine Chapel but we were SHATTERED by the end. We saw some amazing sculptures, paintings, tapestries, mosaics’ etc but by the end it was blurring into a hot mess as we had been up from 3.30am with our body clocks were out of whack and our old feet aching. P.s. the gardens in the Vatican compound are just gorgeous - would have loved to be able to walk around those but it is restricted.
Note to self, wearing our Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers are not the way to go for intensive day walking especially over the rough cobble stones. They will be retired tomorrow with our proper walking boots thought to be used in Tuscany, England and Nepal being pulled
into rotation. They are not very uber cool but our little toes will be much happier.
That afternoon after a lovely nap we headed out into a chilly raining evening for some pizza, few beers & a litre of wine (forget the vintage, region part of wine selection, here in Rome most little restaurants have their vino del casa (rosso / blanco) in large or XL carafe sizes. Our drinking fitness is improving slowly. Giovedi / Thurs 28 April - Day 3 Roma – our final day of visiting the tourist sites – we can’t take the crowds!! A gorgeous crisp spring morning (16 degrees) we head off to the Coliseum and Forum or Colosseo & Foro.
We walked over to the gates and there was a mass of people also had the same idea. It was wonderful to visit the ruins but took less time than to line up for entry tickets and toilet lines for the girls. It was six hours of solid walking fueled by a small banana each but at least our feet were much happier in our boots.
Not daunted by the crowds from the morning, Dave then
decided after an amazing lunch that we think saved our marriage post a meltdown by both of us due to extreme hunger and fatigue, that we knock off some final big ticket items including the Trevi and Navona fountains – check out the crowds and the Pantheon.
We did have a beautiful dinner in a piazza, Campo di Flori at a restaurant Mercato. We went to sleep knowing that no more tourist sites & massive crowds to see for a while. Venerdi / Fri 29 April - Day 4 Roma Another gorgeous crisp spring day morning we just chilled out and had a late breakfast before heading off to the Villa Borghese gardens. Not much energy today so only 3 hours of walking and takeaway lunch before a mid-afternoon nap and then bite to eat.
Tomorrow we leave Rome in the morning via train to Salerno on the Amalfi Coast.
We have loved our stay in Rome, just the right amount of time and our apartment was gorgeous & walking distance to everything. We enjoyed just watching life carry on here, from the church bells ringing from numerous ancient churches, to
the beautifully dressed locals running about their day mainly having coffee cigarettes and mobile phone conversations, the groups of priests and nuns wandering about with their little briefcases.
JANET - there are 'smart cars' everywhere & their equivalent tiny little cars in Fiat, etc. It is the only way to get around the tiny cobblestone laneways aside from scooters. The politicians & others get around in large slick black Maseratis, BMWs, Mercedes, Alfa Romeos.
We enjoyed amazing homemade pistachio gelati from a little family owned shop around the corner from our apartment......thanks to a recommendation from Francesca who owned the apartment we rented.
Now time to pack up & ship out. It will be an adventure in itself...we catch local Rome bus to the Stazione Roma Terminal /Central Station then train to Salerno (3 hrs) then local bus to Amalfi/Praiano (approx. 1 hr). We'll give it go otherwise if too tedious we'll just grab a taxi.
We have 6 days booked in Praiano - south of Amalfi township in a gorgeous hotel overlooking the ocean with a balcony from our bedroom.
Looking forward to some serious sun & seafood, also famous region for lemon groves and
the famous drink Limocello!! This little fishing village is less crowed than Capri or Positano but very close, simply few kilometres.
Then plan is to catch an overnight ferry from Naples to Catania, Sicily and cruise around the east coast for 9 days before heading up to Tuscany to start our Hills of Tuscany 10 day hike between all the little towns in the wine growing region.
We'll post shortly those adventures. Love Robbo & Dave
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