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The scenery has now changed and the countryside not as beautiful as that around the Swiss Alps but still green fields on both sides of the road. The weather has warmed up and the days are beautiful.
The highlight of today was our lunch stop at Assisi. There is a large church erected in memory of St Francis and is a beautiful cream brick building on top of the hill.
From Assisi we travelled into Rome for a two night stop. I was lucky ...
We made it to Rome safe and sound. Fortunately the plane disembarked from the back as well so we got off quite quickly and were ahead of the huge rush to come. We made it through immigration really quickly. There was a line up it moved pretty quick. We got up and the guy looked at Mike's passport and waved us through. No stamp, didn't even look at mine. We got our bags ok there was a bit of a wait but nothing major and no line for the cabs! It was awesome. ...
... completed the customary toss of coins in the pool in hopes our actions would bring us back one day to an operating fountain. A little disheartened we walked to the immense memorial of the unknown soldier, past the Roman ruins and finally to the Colosseum which lifted our spirits a great deal. The Colosseum towered over us its imposing structure bringing pictures of gladiators to our heads. It wasn't that hard to picture these fighters as there ...
... their job had been when we decided to climb the additional 350 (approximately) stairs to the absolute top of the dome. There are signs before one commits to the climb warning old people, people with heart problems or asthma not to try the climb. This was an amazing trip up as due to its shape the stairs start about .75m wide at the bottom but as one climbs to the point of exit at the top the climber is on a lean and the space one clambers through is extremely narrow. ...
... into the guard rails on the narrow winding mountain roads!! I just drove down the mountain not up... Well I'm glad to report Paul and I arrived safely back to the apt. I'm sure it was the only BMW going under 20 km /hr !!
Home and to bed by 10 pm
OK July 6th.. made it back to Bologna airport just in time to drop off the rental for 10 am.. into the airport and since I had already done web check in July 5th, we just had to print boarding passes and drop off luggage.. ...