One week now since we returned from Rome and I’ve finally managed to work my way through all the photos and write a post. This was a special trip for us as it was to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
We flew away from a gorgeous, sunny day in Manchester to a rather grey, overcast day in Rome (talk about irony) and stayed till late on Friday. In those five brief days we packed a lot in and probably walked more than if we’d gone on a hiking trip.
I won’t bore you with every detail, but here’s the list of sights we squeezed in; Coliseum, Vatican, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, River Tiber, Appian Way, Catacombs, Palazzo Colonna, Palazzo Nuovo, Trajan’s Column, Vittoriano Ala Brasini, the Roman Forum and more.
Lady Hughes managed to find tours of the Coliseum and Vatican that started an hour before they opened to the public so we could avoid the crowds. The day before we left however, the tour company called to say the Coliseum had cancelled. Obviously disappointed we agreed to a standard ticket to the Coliseum and the Forum and an evening tour of the Coliseum on its own. This was a blessing as the evening tour was brilliant. There were probably less than 50 people in the whole place, the atmosphere was beautiful with the sun setting, the stunning lighting inside and a brilliant guide.
Our early tour of the Vatican meant we had to leave the hotel before 7am but it was worth it as we managed to spend 15 minutes in the Sistine Chapel before the crowds arrived. Again we had another brilliant guide – both tours were booked through The Roman Guy.
Random highlights and memories from the trip include; dicing with death crossing the street (you just have to go for it and hope for the best), getting scammed for photo at the Trevi Fountain, watching two nuns weighing up the plainest black shoes in a shoe shop, the waiter at a pizzeria itemising the bill directly onto the paper tablecloth and finishing with a big arrow pointing to me, getting blank looks from the american members of our catacombs tour when I asked where the Balrog lived, the stunning Sistine Chapel, the beautiful Caravaggio in the Palazzo Colonna Museum, the friendly people and walking, lots and lots of walking.
Rome was great. We had a great time and we would heartily recommend it to anyone with a love for city breaks, history, art, food or maybe you just like a good walk.