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Ciao Bella

sunny 27 °C

Ciao from Rome. Well, all is good with the group for those of you wondering about your traveller.
It was a relatively uneventful flight, through Toronto, en route to Rome. Things must be good in the airline business because both flights were full. It is alway exciting arriving at an International airport and seeing the different airlines. Our first sighting, an Emirate A380! How cool would it be to see that bird in Calgary?

With all the luggage accounted for we were off to meet our tour manager, Emma and our fearless driver, Firo. Both will be taking good care of the group throughout the trip. Emma is from Britain and Firo is Portuguese.

A quick check in at the hotel and we were off to explore Rome. While doing a city tour in the coach we received the overview history lesson of the Roman Empire. It is not easy to keep everyone straight but all the information ties in to our next 48 hours in Rome. In spite of little sleep we paid attention as Emma brought history to life.

We had a lovely side trip for a walk up a hill to see MIchaelango's keyhole. A peek through the tiniest of a keyhole revealed a stunning view of St. Peter's Basilica in the distance. It was great to walk and clear some of the cobwebs from the flight!. Hopefully the Ifi will allow us to post somue pictures.

And then we were off to see St. Peter's up close and personal. The Pope will be in St. Peter's tomorrow so it was necessary to visit today to avoid the crowds tomorrow. Personally, I haven't visited this church in 35 years and it is still stunning. How times have changed. 35 years ago I remembering see MIchaelango's La Pieta up close and with no barriers. Now it remains behind glass to protect it from visitors. So sad not be be able to get up close.

And it was time for dinner! With little sleep and a busy day already we headed to a local pizza establishment, a family business since 1928. We had a pizza demonstration and found out that Italian flour is the best for making pizza. It seems our Canadian wheat has too much gluten. I may have to buy some flour at the local Italian store when we return. And did that pizza taste wonderful! To top off the night we had an Italian gentleman serenade us. Some of the group even stepped up for their own solos!

What a charming and authentic start to our trip. Next up, a visit to the Vatican, a walking tour of Rome and a pasta making lesson for dinner. Ciao!

Posted by jonaway 22:03 Archived in Italy

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