Once we arrived at Termine, Roma Centrale, it was the usual fiasco getting a cab with hustlers trying to usher unsuspecting travellers to unlicensed cabs. When I questioned the driver we were first taken to about his credentials, he became quite defensive and rudely invited us to choose another cab. Somehow, magically, the man who was directing tourists escorted us, finally, to a proper cab and we ended up in an official cab to the Donna Camilla Savelli Hotel. It's amazing what happens when you know the language. Ah, Italia! Ultimately, our legit cab driver turned out to be informative and kind, going out of his way to show us the major attractions in this part of Rome, one that is new to us. It was obvious he enjoys talking to tourists who show an interest in a city he is clearly very proud to live in. He didn't charge extra for his trouble either, but of course we tipped extra. Our favourite spot he showed us was a vista of Rome from a lookout point at Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi, about a ten minute walk, or perhaps I should say climb, from the hotel.
|Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi at the top of the lookout point|
|Taken from the lookout point at the Piazzale Giuseppe Garibaldi|
|Believe it our not this photo was taken from the terrace of our hotel, Donna Camilla Savelli, note the clay tiles that form part of the roofing|
|Once inside the iron gates, we were met with what looks like a fortress|
|Inside however, the decor is anything but fortress like|
|The doorways are original|
|There is a functioning Chapel that is part of the hotel for the public and probably for the nuns who stay here; they are invisible, we've only seen a few walking about|
|Beautiful garden to hang out in and where we eat our buffet breakfast|
|Hallway that leads to stairs to the guest rooms|
In the evening we walked along the Tiber River. As mentioned earlier, we didn't really explore this part of Rome, the other side of the river, when we were here four weeks ago. The Tiber at night is really beautiful and romantic.
|One of the bridges that crosses the Tiber, maybe Ponte Sesto -car free!|
So, our little travel adventure is almost at an end. Today we're taking care of business. Checked in to our flight, checked the status, packed our luggage in a way that is air friendly, checking documents to make sure we have everything we need, all that stuff.
We're thinking of creating a final post with the top ten things we did, but the more we talk about it, the more we realize it may be impossible to choose.
So for now let's just say a' rivederci Roma and ciao to la bella Italia! Until we meet again!!!!