However, this said, Charles and I both agree that Rome ha been spectacular! The city always offered something new and amazing. Today, we toured the inner parts of the Coliseum, the Forum, the Palatino Hills, and a number of temples and archeological sites, some of which are digs in progress.
The food has been great from dinner venues to simple bars that offer great cappuccinos and gelato. Above all, the city offers unlimited and incredible churches and basilicas, vistas and views to die for. And, for those willing to put in a little sweat equity, all within walking distance of one another.
Yesterday, was a down day...marvellous! Actually, it was the first day I really felt that I was in Italy. Not just Rome, but Italy, as I had envisioned it. We had a leisurely lunch at a lovely out of the way pizza bar near the Via della Pace. It was very quaint and offered a very typical view of a quiet Italian side street in the middle of a busy city.
|View from our table at the Pizza bar along the Via della Pace|
|Car parked in the middle of the road|
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Victor Emanuel Memorial) Piazza Venezia|
|Closer view of the Monument|
Before signing off, we'd like to thank our hosts at the Hotel Sonya for a lovely stay. Clean rooms at reasonable prices, breakfasts included that are about as good as it gets for protein loving Anglos in a European city, and great location that was walking distance to pretty much every destination we set our sights on.
Also, it's great having peace of mind afforded by our house-sitters, so thanks to Larry and Heather for looking after things back home.