06.05.2015 - 06.05.2015 23 °C
When in Rome! We certainly took that to heart today. After a typical European Continental Breakpfast we hit the ground! Armed with our transit pass we headed straight for the VERY BUSY Metro. Of course, taking it from the Termini Station could have accounted for the packed trains. think CTrain at rush hour and then pack about 50% more people in. We only left one behind but she caught up a few trains later.
First stop was at the Vatican Museum to see the incredible marble statues, the floor to ceiling tapestry and the mural painted by the great artist of the time. After being wowed with that we headed to the Sistine Chapel, arguably the greatest painting of all time. No photography of any kind is allowed. People pack the chapel, mostly looking to the ceiling. The noise gets louder and louder, then someone shushes us back into silence. During our 20 minute stay in the chapel I believe we were shushed 20 times. For some of our travellers this is their first time experiencing famous works of art. Some found it difficult to explain the magnitude of what they were seeing.
A short bus trip, with one foiled pickpocket attempt and a delightful conversation with a sweet, old Italian man (whoes recollection of Canada was Old Spice - my marketing students, take note!) and we were at Piazza Navona. Time for some lunch, pizza, salads, marinated artichokes were just some of the items we tried.
Off through the winding streets and we arrived at Giolitti's for gelato and ice cream. The shop has been open since the 1900's. Some of the favorite flavours - pistachio, mango and limoncello.
Next stop was the Pantheon for a quick visit and phot op! A stunning architectural masterpiece.
A few more stops at Trajan's Column and the under renovation Trevi Fountain. There was only a very small fountain to toss your money in. One coin in the fountain and you will return, two for love, three for marriage. As it is such a small fountain yours truly missed. Not sure what that means!!!!
The group then headed off to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and a bird's eye view of the city.
No time to rest. We are off to make our dinner tonight at a pasta restaurant. We figure we walked about 17 kms. Even found a second use for the bidet in the bathroom - cooling down tired feet!
Today. Hopefully, the group will rally for dinner. We suspect they will be hungry! Ciao....for now.