We are getting ready for dinner soon but thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you a bit about our last full day in Rome.
This morning we really slept in. The hotel has wonderful blinds on the window that raise and lower by remote control and block out all light. So it was nearly 11am before I finally woke up. Puttered around the room for awhile before venturing out for lunch and a little more site seeing.
After a nice lunch at a tratoria near the Castle San Angelo, we made our way over there to check it out. This was originally the tomb of Hadrian and was later converted by Pope Paul III et al into a second residence/hiding place for the popes. It’s got a pretty impressive set of walls and was at one time heavily fortified. Not a bad place to wait out the sacking of Rome if one has to. Climbed up to the top in much easier steps than the dome at St. Peter’s and an impressive view to be had up there.
After that we made our way back to the Piazza Spagna shopping area. Gawked at shoes at Tod’s (THE place to buy shoes in Italy apparently but since most pair were more than one of my paychecks we opted not.) So instead we made it back over to the Trivi fountain area where we paid less than 100 Euro for two pairs over hand-made leather and suede shoes that are really about as comfortable as women’s shoes can get without being sneaker.
Stopped in at yet another gelato stand – one which is fairly famous was closed at the time so we opted for one right around the corner which has gotten good reviews from the foodie crowd. I am soooo gonna miss the gelato. Another thing you really can’t quite get in the States.
Then another cab ride through the crazy streets of Rome to our home away from home to rest for a time and get ready for a nice dinner out.
This is probably it from us here in Rome. Next time I write I hope to be home.
A couple of pics (including from Florence) to tide you over till we get them all posted.
The Duomo (catherdral) of Florence
Janice sitting on the Ponte Santa Trinita – the Ponte de Vecchio is in the distance
Line at the Uffizi – no pics allowed inside. Bummer!
Statue of Cosimo Medici (I think)
Darren on the terrace of San Angelo over-looking Rome
Blessings and love to all,