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Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
64Trip End Jun 29, 2007
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It gave us a ride on a bus to Chiusi instead.
Admittedly it was a very scenic ride along the ridges of Tuscan hills through Tuscan villages to Chiusi where it met a train.
But it was not fast and it was very annoying having watched the Rome Direct buses leave Siena station. Why did the bus people not volunteer this information yesterday when we asked THEM about travel to Rome? We could have been in Romes HOURS earlier. Especially since the Intercity was running 45 minutes late.
But everything has a reason...
I had anticipated that the gypsies at Rome station would be the biggest negative today. However, we arrived at our Rome accommodation to find no-one home.
No office. No-one answering any of the doorbells. The kebab shop lady across the road knew nothing. The neighbourhood was nowhere near that portrayed on the internet map and the graffiti and surrounds were rather off-putting. The kebab shop lady said it wasn't good at night. We eventually reached the owner who said he would be there in 30 minutes...
In the interim, we met Roberto - brother of the restauranteur next door. Roberto had a flat to let in a better part of town for a cheaper rate. He gave us his card and direct phone number.
He promised breakfast and a washing machine. We girls listened.
Massimo showed us his plain flat - adequate to sleep in, but you wouldn't want to walk to anywhere from there. We complained bitterly about the misleading advertising. He blamed the internet agency. He would not be moved. For three people who had pre-booked everything and liked things to be all in order, we lived dangerously. We walked...
We rang Roberto and caught a taxi across town to a flat unseen.
The flat is around the corner from the Forum, on main tram and bus routes and is surrounded by cafes and shops
The sceptic in me keeps asking where's the catch.
If that train had been on time today, we'd have been very unhappy little Vegemites in Massimo's place.
Email me if you need Roberto's address.