Our train ride from
Venice to was a four hour trip with sunshine and different scenery to enjoy all the way, other than inside the many and some very long tunnels we travelled through. The sky darkened with storm clouds as we approached Rome and once we were off the train and waiting for the taxi, we heard the loudest clap of thunder I am sure I have ever heard and the skies opened up and it poured! Welcome to Roma! Rome
|Rain in Rome, Italy|
We saw very little through the rain splattered cab windows on our way to the hotel but by the time we’d checked in and were back out for a walk with complimentary hotel umbrellas, the rain had stopped and we were enjoying sunshine and learning the neighborhood. We found what became our favorite ‘happy hour café’ after our sightseeing days and with a great map from the hotel, we planned the next few days.
We set out after our complimentary continental breakfast and walked the few blocks to catch the Metro. It cost us 11euro each for a 3 day pass and with only two metro lines and well announced stations, is very easy to use. We had one transfer to make and within minutes and after walking up many steps, we stepped out into the sunshine to see the incredible Colosseum, what a thrill that was! The station exit doors couldn’t have been placed any better to give that ‘catch your breath’ moment to remember.
We planned to have a tour of the Colosseum and the ruins the following day so we were not going in but carried on to view the ruins that cover quite a bit of the area, many of them archeological digs that are roped off and not accessible but many of them are open to the public to wander and others, (for a fee) for tours.
We climbed a nearby hill overlooking the Colosseum and wandered among more ruins of old buildings as we made our way to see even more down the street. The
Ancient City dates back to 753BC and grew to become one of the largest empires. These ruins are many centuries old and it is so difficult to comprehend that these ruins we are looking at were built with such limited means. Rome
We followed this walk more than once as it was within walking distance of our hotel and saw St Peter’s Basilica both at night and day. It can be seen from many locations and seems to draw one’s eye to it and is the focus of several photos, this was taken from one of the bridges crossing the
. Taber River
Taber River is a big part of the city of and there are several crossings which we walked across during our days of sightseeing. We took the metro to the farthest points we wanted to see then would take the whole day to make our way back towards the hotel as we did our sightseeing. We’d stop at our favorite ‘happy hour café’ at the end of our day, we’d sit al fresco to have a nice cold drink and talk about our wonderful day in Rome Rome.