Travel Blogs from Rome
... as a transportation strike begins tomorrow and there will be no public transportation or taxis.
Tuesday, Oct 1
Today we hired a guide "Branden, The Roman Guy" who is an American art history major living in Italy. He picked us up in a stretch golf cart and we toured Rome for the next three hours seeing the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain (of course we threw in our coins), Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Campo Dei Fiori, Piazza ...
... the tour guide is and then asking rediculous questions that had they been listening in the first place, would know! Anyway enough whinging, we started at the Vatican museum and again because we had paid a guide we jumped the queue. We were each given headsets so we could hear the guide along the way. Over 20,000 people visit the Vatican each day so needless to say the place was packed. We moved through out the foyer being shown different ...
... this were a sin, the majority of these people would not be going to heaven!!
Once we made it through, the guide took us to Michelangelo’s Pieta. It has been behind bullet proof glass since the 1970’s when some nut took a sledge hammer to it. When it was restored, they wanted it to stay protected. What a shame. I would look better without the glass.
We had time to kill before our crypt tour, so we found a cheap place to eat on the ...
We passed by the house of designer Valentino and a few other embassies on the way to the Trevi Fountain. Once there we were impressed by the scale of this Bellini masterpiece which is actually the side of a private mansion.
We walked through the stylish Alberto Soldani Galleria to the Italian government buildings. FYI, Italy is still in a lengthy recession, caused, in part, because the legislature is gridlocked ...
We enjoyed a very sweet breakfast of pure sugar and cakes at our hotel this morning. We had reservations for the Vatican Museum at 10:30 so we headed there first. It took us several hours to go through. There were many statues, paintings, and artifacts all over the place. The Raphael room was our favorite! Now we have completed our ninja turtle scavenger hunt through Europe. The Sistine Chapel was amazing!! We did manage to sneak a few pictures ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service