Well, we are safely back in Orlando, extremely sad and already pining for the streets of Rome and the hills of Tuscany. Although the trip is officially over, we hold in our hearts all the wonderful experiences of the last two weeks, and we are already planning our Italy 2013 vacation. (Coming soon to a blog near you!)
Since we were a little busy and overcome the last few days, we didn’t post anything, not even photos. But here’s a recap of our last couple days in Rome.
On Tuesday, we joined a 10:30 tour of the Vatican Museum, which was less than great because we booked it through the Vatican. Private, third-party tours are much better, but we didn’t want to leave much to chance on this trip, so we reserved it ahead of time through the official channels. We experienced the awe and beauty of St. Peter’s church, after which we ate pizza and gelato, and relaxed in a small park near Vatican City. From there, we walked to Castel Sant’Angelo, something I missed the last time I went to Rome, and were treated to a spectacular view of the city from the top of the fortress. Finally, we went home to regroup and took a bus to dinner near the Pantheon.
On Wednesday, we had no official plans, so we slept in and didn’t leave our apartment until 11:00. Like locals, we hopped on a bus to Campo dei Fiori, where we wandered the stalls of colorful dried foods and ripe-to-bursting fresh fruits and vegetables. After a little late-morning gelato, we took another bus to Piazza del Popolo, a beautiful piazza at the foot of the Villa Borghese, which is the Central Park of Rome. We ate a long and delicious lunch of pizza and salad in a nearby restaurant, then climbed the stairs to Villa Borghese, where we napped and relaxed on the grass for an hour or two. Longing to see more of the park, we rented a two-person bicycle/cart at the rate of E10 per hour. It looked a lot like this:
Laura and I agree it was probably the best E10 we spent in Italy, because it was just so delightful. After our romp in the park, we stopped in at a couple of churches, then ate dinner near Piazza Navona.
Yesterday (Thursday) was a ridiculously long day of travel. We left our apartment at 8:00 am Rome time (about 2:00 am EST) to get to the airport for a 11:00 flight. We finally arrived in Orlando at 8:05 pm EST, so we were traveling for about 18 hours. Whew! We stayed awake through most of it and crashed last night, and today I think we are both feeling like we’re pretty much readjusted to Orlando time.
Photos will be coming soon of our last flurry of activity!