The adventure continues
14.10.2011 - 17.10.2011
Imagine walking up the steps from the metro (subway train) to see the Colosseum before us. Wow. We're 3rd in line by 8.30am to go inside when the polizia arrive to tell us due to the planned demonstration it will be closed today. Plan B - photos from outside, go to breakfast before the walking tour starts, come back Sunday. Walking tour with local guide here - Good - great local knowledge as I've mentioned before. Bad - to control the noise we have ear pieces like secret agents and the further we get away from the guide (in big crowds) the less you hear. Another benefit of walking tours or the city bus tours available in most places, they are beneficial to orient yourself to the sights and if done on the first day, gives you an idea of what you want to come back to explore later. Awesome buildings, fountains, history in Rome. The whole experience of the Vatican is incredible; from the work of Michelangelo right in front of us, tapestries, frescos, mosaic floors and much more to the Vatican shuffle will remain with us. Feeling like a grain of sand in an hour glass trying to get out doorways is not so good but if you want beauty grit your teeth and bear it. St Peter's Basilica!! Trevi fountain coin throwing - throw your coins with your back to the fountain, coins in right hand and throw over left shoulder. One coin for love, one to come back to Rome, only throw a third if you want to replace the love you have with a new one. We're not telling how many we threw.
Sunday we replayed the whole build up to the Colosseum, even more people lined up. It was worth the effort to go back and get in this time. Being early means due to the size of the Colosseum it's almost like being in there on our own for a little while.
The Capuchin Crypt - Who would have thought to decorate the crypt with the bones of 4000 monks? Interesting. Closed between noon and 3pm.
We're moving on to Minori today. Not sure about wi-fi there.
Hotel Pulitzer here in Rome has been great.