Day 19 - Day 6, TTEE 2008. Rome - sightseeing

Trip Start Jul 27, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Day 6, TTEE 2008.  Rome - sightseeing & at leisure
This morning after a wonderful Italian breakfast of bread, cheese, salami and coffee we again loaded onto the bus.  Today a new bus with an Italian driver, we left Italy for a new country - Vatican City.  Today because it is a public holiday in Italy, we were able unable to go the Vatican Museum or the Sistene Chapel but this morning we were able to get into St. Peter's Basilica.  All I can say is oh my goodness.  Christian, non-Christian, no belief everyone single person on this planets need to go into St. Peter's Basilica.  No other church compares to this one obviously, but this is spectacular.  Words really cannot do it justice, but I felt such a sense of peace being here.  St Peter's crucifixion is so amazing to here about, I love the history that we continue to learn being here.
Now we leave and head back to Italy (HAHA) and head to the Colosseum. Again wow.  This place is huge.  We have this wonderful Italian tour guide Amelia.  She gave us a wonderful commentary of the Colosseum.  The history she told and showed was unbelievable.  For example the toilets are public, I mean public where 30-50 people sit in a room together on holes in the wood.
Now we are back on the bus heading to Pantheon.  Which again is a building about Rome and its history. I found out here that Roma is built on levels.  Current day is maybe the 4th or 5th level.  There is seriously so much history in this country.  I think of Australia and our lack of history compared to Italy, or any other country in Europe for that matter.
After we finish we our commentary here we head on over, on foot to the Piazza Navona.  This is another historical place, but is also a square full of Ristaronte's.  Here we say goodbye to Amelia and get 2 hours free time for lunch.  I tag along with Sandy and Ed and ate delicious ravioli filled with spinach and buffalo cream with sun dried tomatoes. SO YUM.
I am no back in my room, siesta time, shower and nee to be back on the bus at 4.45 to head to Tivoli.
Tivoli is this gorgeous little town up on a mountain side.  The gardens, the fountains, they are awesome.  There is this one fountain that actually plays music as the water fills the musical pipes.  The gardens here are magical.  Then we head off to this Ristorante for dinner, where we were greeted by the owner, and told of the story of this little underground restaurant.  Anna, the Nonna, showed us how to make the pasta.  This was followed by a 5 course meal.  The serving sizes are nice sizes so you not stuffed when you finish, you are full but not stuffed.  This place is built underground in old Roman baths, so romantic and sensational.  I had such a great day but am so tired.  It is after 11pm and I have a 6am wake up call.
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