Today was our second of two days off in Rome. As you recall yesterday, Dave went on a tour of the Vatican while I stayed at the hotel most of the day. Today, we both went out sightseeing.
The day got started with our usual Italian hotel breakfast. We headed out to do some real live touristy stuff around lunch. It’s relatively easy to get around Rome using their public transportation system, and inexpensive too. We took the street car to the farthest point of interest we wanted to see, walked between sites, then took the street car and subway back to the hotel.
We started with a cool little coffee shop my daughter Karla suggested. Though I don’t usually drink coffee, The La Casa Del Caffe’ Tazza D’oro makes an awesome frozen coffee drink with real whipped cream on top. Karla was right; it was really good.
Next we walked just outside the coffee shop to the Pantheon. It’s a former Roman temple, and now a church, built in 126 AD. That’s 1366 years before America was discovered, just to put these things in perspective.
After the Pantheon we walked several blocks down the street to Trevi Fountain. As we got closer and closer to “ground zero”, the crowds got heavier and heavier. By the time we made it to the fountain, it was wall-to-wall tourist, just like us. This fountain, built in 1762, has appeared in several movies, including Roman Holiday and Three Coins in the Fountain.
Next, we headed through several narrow alleys and ended up at the Spanish Steps. Completed in 1725, the Spanish Steps got their name from the Spanish Embassy that is located in the piazza at the top of the steps.
After leaving the Spanish Steps, we had a 30 minute walk to see the most famous and recognizable landmark in Rome, the Colosseum. Located in the center of the city and next to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum was completed in 80 AD. It was home to gladiator fights, mock sea battles, animal hunts, and yes, executions.
After all that, we were tired so we headed to the Metro station for a ride back to the hotel. Tomorrow we’ll hit the road towards Florence. It’s about 185 miles from Rome to Florence through the Tuscany region of Italy. It will take us 12 days to walk there. So thanks for following along on the Dave and John do Europe traveling show. We’ve thoroughly enjoying our time in Rome and look forward to more adventures further up the road. We wish you all could join us.