Arrived in Rome about 9 am. Took about one hour to go through customs, retrieve our luggage and Alan’s searching for our driver to go to our hotel. The ride to Rome itself took about 30 minutes, so we saw the outskirts of the city, including the Coliseum. When we arrived at the hotel, our rooms weren’t ready. The hotel was near the transportation center and across from the Opera House, with several restaurants. Alan had chosen well.
Despite our tiredness, or at least mine, we went on our first “tour” with Alan: Trevi Fountain, made famous in the movie and song, Three Coins in a Fountain. The walk from the hotel took about one hour. It was a beautiful fountain, but very crowded, so I could not get a photo close-up.
The street was filled with tourists and shops, but we walked away from the fountain area to find a quiet, local restaurant for lunch. The food was delicious! Then we took a bus back to the hotel and settled into our rooms and took naps.
Instead of unpacking, as I had planned, Rhoda & Alan were eager to see more, so we all went to the Metro section up the street to take the subway to the Piazza de Popolo. In the Piazza, I saw my first “human statue,” people dressed in costumes of antiquity, standing perfectly still, with a box for coins at their feet. In the piazza was an Egyptian obelisk (in the background), so the statue of an Egyptian mummy seemed fitting.
The Piazza was on the way to where the Spanish Steps are located, another spot made famous by a movie. This movie was Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, one of my favorite movies. Who knew I would see the Spanish Steps back then!
Back on the Metro to have dinner at a restaurant across from the opera house and around the corner from our hotel. Dinner was delicious, complete with white tablecloths and “real” napkins.
The Metro had lovely mosaic designs on the wall. Here are two I took on the walk underground, to and from the subway.
When we returned after dinner, Rhoda & Kal switched rooms with Alan & me because I like to take a hot bath at the end of a long day. I needed one! The day was too long for me, since Rome is six hours ahead of us and by the time we went to bed, it was the wee hours of the morning in Philadelphia. Covered a lot of ground for our first day!