Benvenuto a Roma (Welcome to Rome)

Trip Start Sep 15, 2008
Trip End Sep 26, 2008

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

After 13 hours of flight, we have arrived! Upon arrival, we were greeted by our tour guide and some of the people of joined us on the tour. We went straight to the hotel and dropped all of our stuff off. Everyone else pretty much stayed back at the hotel because of being tired from the flight (Not Scott and Teresa!!). The location of the hotel is just right outside the Vatican City wall, which is also the smallest city-state in the world. So we hit it pretty hard that afternoon in the city. Luckily, both of us slept on the plane so we were rested once we arrived. It was funny how much I remembered from Rome, since I was there in 2002 with a school group at University of Louisville, so I pretty much was able to navigate us to the main sites around the city. We started at the Trevi Fountain and threw in our coins. It was absolutely beautiful. Next, we went to the Spanish Steps, ate lots of pizza and then visited the Pantheon. After that, we joined our group back at the hotel for a welcome dinner. Afterwards, Teresa and I went back out into the city to see the Collasseum lit up at night (very beautiful site). At that point, we were both pretty exhausted and decided to finally call it a day. Enjoy the pictures, I promise the stories will be more interesting in the days to follow as I am very tired right now...

Update: Wednesday Sept. 17

After spending the last two days in Rome, we left our hotel this morning and arrived in the Tuscany region of Italy in a popular little town called Florence, which is about a 4 hour drive north of Rome. Speaking of driving, Romans drive absolutely nuts over here!! We had sort of a close call yesterday with Teresa while we were out in the city sightseeing. First, drivers in Rome follow pretty much no traffic signals and there is no such thing as the pedestrian right-of-way. It is pretty much walk at your own risk. I grabbed here from her shirt from behind to keep her from not stepping out in front of a speeding bus.... Other than that, it was a wonderful day.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful over here. Temperatures usually reach around the 70 degree mark, with a brisk cool wind in the morning to greet you when you awake. Yesterday we toured the inside of the Vatican, including a stop at the magnificient Sistine Chapel. Afterwards, we toured the Roman Forum and the Collaseum, where we were able to actually go inside and see the ruins. In the afternoon, we went with the group to see some of the sights that we had seen individually our first day in Rome, including the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon. The evening was spent at the Piazza Navona, where we enjoyed a wonderful pasta dinner. Enjoy all of the pictures. These all are from our first two days in Rome. Tomorrow, we will be traveling to the Tuscany region. Looking forward to it!
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