I'm happy to report that we had a wonderful, amazing time in Rome. In many ways this was the trip of a lifetime and seeing so many places that have played such a huge part in history was stunning. The city itself was lots of fun and we felt we had the insider's view on things because we stayed at the apartment of good friends who knew the city inside and out. I've known Mimi since high school and she married an Italian named Fabio who were both spectacular hosts and guides. Both also were very skilled in the art of scooter/vespa driving and cruising seated behind them throughout Rome was an experience in itself.
Here's a quick overview of what we did each day and I'll paste in some pictures:
- Friday: flew in and all four of us went to dinner at a Japanese place for Agi's bday;
- Saturday: got up early at 7am & got in line to attack the Vatican (highlights being the Sistine Chapel and the huge St. Peter's Basilica)
- Sunday: Mimi & Fabio took us on a fantastic walking tour of central Roma where we saw the Pantheon, Piazza Novona, the Spanish Steps, Piazza Popolo (which I admit was my favorite simply because "popo" means booty in Hungarian) and the Trevi Fountain (featured prominently in the movie La Dolce Vita).
- Monday: walked in and around the Colloseum, and into the beautiful Forum and Palatine Hill.
- Tues: walked around Jewish quarter and grabbed our last gelatto