Rome: Wednesday Diary

This morning we got up, had breakfast at the SuiteDreams, & headed to the Spanish Steps. As promised by weather.com the weather was gorgeous, I’m talking like 65 & sunny. At the top of the Spanish Steps there were a bunch of vendors selling a wide variety of artwork. I somehow managed to talk Pete into buying a painting for our new house. Of course bartering for the right price is half the fun. In the lounge at the airport we saw an elderly couple who had bought paintings from the same guy – at least we weren’t the only people getting ripped off.From the Spanish Steps we made our way to the Pantheon. I was a little annoyed that the people tending the audio guide booth had put up a “closed” sign. A bit strange to me since this is their main money-maker – entrance is free. Needless to say, we didn’t have an audio tour but again, as was the case with all the sites we visited, it was beautiful & the architecture was unbelievable.
On to the Piazza Santa Maria – one of the oldest churches in Rome. It’s located in Trastevere, which was accurately described to us as a little village inside a huge city. It was quite cute, minus all the beggars.

The tickets to the Colosseum included entrance to the Palatino – Roman ruins right next to the Colosseum. It was a beautiful day to walk around & explore the ruins. All the parts of the city that we spent time in were beautiful, the sunny, warm weather obviously makes everything even more enjoyable.

We grabbed a quick bite to eat at a little pizza joint on our way back to the hotel. And that was it. We had to head to the airport & now I’m writing this on the plane back to London. It was a pretty quick trip but we had a great time. Like I said, it’s a beautiful city! Lots of history & ancient sites to see.

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