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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Viaggio in Italia: un antipasto (3 part)




Itinerary:
1. Pisa - November 1, 2012 (Part 1)
2. Florence - November 1 & 2, 2012 (Part 2)
3. Rome & The Vatican - November 2 & 3, 2012 (Part 3)

Once we arrived in Rome, we met our AirBnB hosts outside the station and walked to the flat where we would be staying during the rest of our time in Italy. I haven't spoken much about Airbnb on the blog before, but we have used it for every trip we have taken in Europe thus far. Additionally, we also had our home on the site during the Super Bowl last year. I want to make a small aside about how indispensible this service is! The experiences have been wonderful: we have made great friends, seen places we would have never seen otherwise, and we did it for a fraction of the cost of a hotel. If you would like to check it out, use this link. If you do, we will both get a discount on our future travels!

We're almost there!
On the patio 
Little treats awaited us at our home away from home!
We decided to see the Colosseum and the Forum. Unfortunately, the hours had just changed for the winter season, and we could not see the inside of the Colosseum on this day. It had *just* closed before we arrived.

Colloseum: desaturation/color specificity effect
The Boys
We didn't let that stop us from continuing to explore. I'm not entirely certain that we had a plan. We just allowed ourselves to get lost. 



Cats love Rome. They were everywhere.

Excavation

View of the Forum at Sunset







More kittehs!


What was all the commotion about at the Pantheon? We think we saw the Pope!

Dinner is served!

Who could pass up gelato?

Meridian?

Eventually, we made our way to the Trevi Fountain. A certain somebody in the group said that it was good to drink the water since it came from an underground spring. Later, a taxi driver said that the water is dirty and bodies had been found at the water's source. According to Wikipedia, however, the fountain's water is recirculated with pumps.




Will throwing my coin ensure a return trip to Rome?  



After visiting the fountain, we found the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Plaza). We were excited to find an embassy.

Although we knocked, they wouldn't let us in!



It's okay. We found the beautiful Barcaccia Fountain and proceeded to take copious amounts of photos in typical tourist fashion.




Rohan later filmed a video of the group singing and dancing on the Spanish Steps. It was quite fun!

The next day, we visited the Vatican.











And, after standing in line for what felt like forever, we toured the Vatican Museum. We ended up rushing through it in order to make it back to the Colosseum before our flight back home.


Rohan - Thinks he looks cool

Kshiteesh & Rohan

It seemed odd to smile here, but it's just something we do for every pic.


One of my fave pics of Will


He may look sweet and peaceful in the pic above this one, but Kshiteesh is one mean  arm wrestler!
So, having finally gotten a taste of Rome, we boarded an always lovely (sarcasm) RyanAir flight home. Hopefully my coin throwing skills will land me a chance at coming back for more than just "an appetizer" soon!


2 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful! Lucky you and your adventures!

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    1. Thank you! I am definitely very fortunate. :)

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